On a Provincial level the youth have already taken up the challenge !
Provincial Youth Council executives planted two trees at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. James in Maseru, Lesotho on Sunday 22nd January 2012. They also travelled to Pretoria for their half yearly Exco meeting from 10 to 12th February. On the Sunday the Council joined the worship service at St Pauls in Saulsville in Atteridgeville in Pretoria. After the service a few trees were planted during a tree planting ceremony which was attended by most of the congregation. The congregation was briefed on the reasons for doing this and the youth was encouraged to both nurture these trees as well as to continue the process of planting trees on occasions when we are acutely aware of our carbon emissions and the need to give back to God’s creation in this regard.
Ms Nonhlanhla Shezi, President of PYC, and Tony Lawrence, Provincial Youth Coordinator, travelled to Maseru for meetings with the Diocesan Youth Leaders as well as the Youth Chaplain for Lesotho, Fr Oriel Peko.
After the morning service at the Cathedral, they proceeded to plant the trees in a short ceremony which was also attended by Bishop Adam Taaso as well as the Dean of the Cathedral and members of the congregation.
“We challenge everybody in the Province to make provision in their travels to plant at least one tree (per travelling person) to offset the carbon emissions generated as a result of travelling by plane or car either on official business or any other reason” says Nonhlanhla.
Each Christmas a few children are able to go to homes over the Christmas and New Year week. Those who stay behind feel quite left out as the others come back with exciting tales! This year our social worker Kate and auxiliary social worker Sheila decided to take up the challenge to find homes for all the children for that week. After a lot of hard work, homes were found for all of them. This meant they were all with families for Christmas and had a very special time. It also meant a real break for our staff who have all really appreciated it! The further blessing is that one family has already decided to foster/adopt the child they looked after and others and wanting to take the children for repeat visits.
Before they went for their Christmas break we were able to spoil them all with new clothes, toys and goodies, thanks to the generous donations of people like yourself.
Thank you so much for caring and for making a difference.
May you have a blessed 2012
Fikelela Childrens Centre offers short term residential care to orphans and vulnerable children. One of the most important parts of our programme is family re-unification, placing children back into their extended family. When children are placed with us by social workers, the initial family has been screened and no family members found willing to take the child. Then begins the detective work!! Our diligent auxiliary social worker has been able to trace granmothers who lost contact with daughter years ago, aunts or other family members. Last month two little boys were reunited with thier grandmother in the Eastern Cape.
Our biggest success story was the case of Estelle. Her mother was from Tanzania, and passed away in South Africa. We placed her with a foster family, but sadly the foster mum passed away. We then tried to trace the family in Tanzania and through a wonderful series of god-incidences were able to track down her maternal aunt and uncle in Dar Es Salaam. She is now home, living with them and enjoying getting to know her girl cousins!