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Volunteers Change Over

In the last few weeks we have said Good bye to Elena, Mary-Ann and Mona who have all returned home to Germany after 9-11 months of serving at iKhaya LikaBaba. It was a bitter-sweet time, since they had started longing for their families, and strong bonds had been developed with the children and staff and it was hard to bid them farewell. For many weeks afterwards the children would all comment on an aeroplane overhead that its destination was Germany!

With that in mind we will be receiving and welcoming 3 new volunteers and an 'old' volunteer Ty Heuser who will be helping us for some weeks. The biggest gift for iKhaya is not only when volunteers contact us to get involved, but it is delightful when they come back for a visit for a second or even third time! Helga Budal filled in the gap of about 6 weeks and spent many hours re-stocking, teaching the children and overseeing activities and being hands-on with the children, along with our faithful local volunteers.

These 'local volunteers' give of their time and hearts and hands without so much as batting an eyelid. It is simply how they live their lives, and very much a part of who they are and iKhaya would not function without their support. Thank you to Bronwyn, Janet and Liana for keeping all the wheels turning at iKhaya.

Volunteers

Thank You

A big thank you to all of those who were involved in building, painting, planning, dreaming, collections, hanging curtains and who became very much a part of iKhaya 3 during its transition. Thank you for investing into this home and family and into the lives of the broken and vulnerable children. It is a lovely home and fully equipped for the new children and family who are doing really well.

This is a significant marker for iKhaya, as our hearts have been aware of the cry of these little ones for both Mothers and Fathers. It is a privilege to witness this development and to see them grow as they sense the love and sense of belonging.

The Children

In the last couple of months we admitted some little children who, after getting all their vaccinations and medical conditions monitored, have settled in well. It has been quite a busy time with some staff being on leave and many clinic and court visits! The new little children also took time getting used to having so many busy siblings!

For the first time in a long time we are dominated by boys, boys and MORE boys! Lots of boy games are happening amidst the children, but the sweetest is when ALL the children play with and 'look after' a dolly. The boys are the cutest and feel no shame to tie the baby on their backs and rock the 'babies' to 'sleep'. They pretend to take their babies for a picnic in the park and we are blown away by their gentleness (as fleeting as it may be for some!)

We reached our capacity number-wise and then it was time to release one of our little boys. This little chap was introduced to his biological Dad and built with him regularly over 6 months and now he lives with him and has an Aunty taking care of him for the day.

Needs: October 2018

Back to School 2019:

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We have 14 kids to kit out with uniforms and stationery for next year. We anticipate this project costing a total of around R25,000. To sponsor a child, or towards these total costs, please contact Loressa directly.

Christmas 2018:

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We would love to bless each child with a new outfit or shoes and a quality toy/ gift to open on Christmas Day after church. To celebrate on Christams Day and New Year we would love to provide our children and staff with meat and salads for a family braai. If you would like to partner with us please get in contact with Loressa for the kids’ wish lists.

General Needs:

  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Long-life Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • sandwich fillings
  • Lunchbox treats
  • Refuse Bags
  • Latex Gloves
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath Soap
  • Milton
  • Rice Cereal/ Porridges
  • Toilet Paper
  • Nappies size 2, 5 and 6
  • Handy Andy
  • Dish washing liquid

Volunteers or sponsorship for:

  • Preschool Teacher Salary
  • Psychologist Volunteer/ Costs
  • Speech Therapy Volunteers/ Costs
  • Medical Doctor Volunteers
  • Onsite Music Lessons (Drums, Guitar, Keyboard)
  • Birthday Parties

No matter the size or quantity, every gift meets a need! You can and do make a difference with each donation of time, gifts or supplies and we appreciate the support! 
If you share our passion to change lives and would like to partner with us in our mission to change lives forever, then please contact me personally. I would love to hear from you! 
With love and greetings, 
Loressa Kritzinger 
Coordinator 
Tel: 035-791 1116 
Email: office@ikhayalikababa.co.za

 

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