The end of November brings with it some exciting news for Khaya Likababa. Wendy Oxley will be handing over the baton to Bronwyn Hunt who will be taking over as the new co-ordinator of Khaya LikaBaba. Wendy has felt it is time to take a step back and to spend with her family.
"It has been the most amazing 3 years and I have no doubt in my mind that Bronwyn, along with the Mancom Board will take iKhaya LikaBaba to new heights. Bronwyn is no stranger to the iKhaya community as she and her husband Neil have served on the Board since 2009 and live on the same property. Bronwyn is a registered nurse and has been involved with iKhaya LikaBaba since its inception. Bronwyn interacts with the children, staff and volunteers a few times a week, and has been incredibly faithful, consistent and involved not only day-to-day life at iKhaya, but also in the envisoning of and planning for iKhaya"
Day 6 of tiling and painting iKhaya 2 and it is going quickly. Our big boys' beds moved to the 'dining room' and good fun was had by all! Needless to say no 'big boy' slept this afternoon so they will be exhausted tonight. (here's hoping!)
Tomorrow is the big girls' turn to have their beds in the dining room... fun and games! Kitchen in playroom, washing dishes in meds room, microwave oven in dining room, washing done at iKhaya 3 house, cooking at the Hunts' home and playing all over.... roll on Friday. These guys are grafting! Well done volunteers and staff - incredible team - keep going!Nearly there and looking FABULOUS!
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.