St Anne's is a church in the Diocese of Pretoria (Anglican church of southern Africa) which had a large but vacant plot of land in front of the church. Following a drive by the Diocesan coordiantor, the grounds of the church were selected as a suitable place to plant a number of trees around.
A parish project was undertaken to increase the greenery around the area and to plant the trees in front of the church in order to reduce their carbon footprint and beautify the area.
It is now a month of two on since the trees were planted and they are looking robust and healthy. Even the Dais have been flowering.
A fence was put up to protect the trees from theft. Thank you for your continuous support through GlobalGiving. Pictures from the planting are attached.
One of the challenges of working with orphans is that the mother has often lost touch with the extended family. Sometimes this is due to the stigma of HIV, or of falling pregnant, and the fear of rejection by family members.
Some of these extended family members live is distant rural areas in other parts of South Africa, and making contact is a challenge.
What a joy last month when our auxiliary social worker was able to escort two siblings on the 12 hour bus drive for them to reunited with their grandmother who had never met them. After initial nervousness at meeting this 'strange' granny, the children began to bond, and it was a joyous time for the family. They knew their daughter had passed away but had no idea where the children were.
Our social worker and auxiliary social worker often have to become detectives to track families down, but the hard work is worth it!! Thank you for your support through GlobalGiving.
THE DIOCESE OF PRETORIA COMMITS TO TREE PLANTING
The Diocese of Pretoria near Johannesburg in South Africa has committed itself to tree planting. Rev Jessica McCarter and Salome Leseyane have called workshops with representatives of each archdeaconry. The tree planting is taking place during September and the goal is for each church to plant at least one tree.
Congratulations Pretoria you make us proud!