Of course, our children are at the heart of our project. It is for them we expend our efforts and make our plans. We would like to share with you the story of three of our girls, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. They are triplets.
We met the girls when they were only 5 weeks old. Their mother came with these precious little bundles of life to New Hope Centre begging us to take them, as she could not care for them or feed them. We are a children’s home for those without parents or relatives so we make every effort to find a way to support the children in their families and with their own relatives. We had visitors at the time who offered to provide disposable diapers and baby formula for the next six months of their lives. So we visited them regularly and made sure they were progressing. A nursing team from Niagara, Canada came and helped us with provisions and corrections in care.
Later that year we had their first birthday celebration giving thanks to God finding provisions for them during the first year of their lives. The girls did well until they started crawling, when one of them, in their own home, mistakenly picked up a pot of boiling hot water that was left on the floor and poured it over her head and body as if she was bathing herself only to be scolded with the boiling water. She was severely burned and had to be hospitalized in Mankayane. This was the beginning of overwhelming circumstances for the mum and grandmother.
We approached the Social Welfare offices in Manzini for their assistance to process the children to be assigned to New Hope Centre until their 18th birthdays. On the weekend of our national Independence celebrations Ms. Rachael and Sister Tandzi went to their home and collected the three darlings and all their earthly belongings. They have now started primary school in grade one and are learning the fundamentals in preparation for reading. They lead worship, are learning ballet and were so excited to be taken to town to buy school clothes, school bags and supplies with money they received from donors like you. In addition, your funds have helped to provide education for one of our teachers to receive special training to help them with the basics of their education. You can view a portion of the recent Spring Ballet Concert in which the triplets participated here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6HRUzdYmkI.
This is the story of three of our 52 children. Each one has a history of heartbreak and restoration that we love to share with you. This past three months since we last updated you our children continue to enjoy a secure home, food, clothing, education, nurturing and enrichment. This is possible thru your on-going gifts. They thank you continuously and are well aware of your contributions to their lives. We thank you because we now that without your support these stories would have been far different. We look forward to sharing more of the specific stories of the children of New Hope Centre. Along with their tragedies, they have also learned resilience that has brought them thru the storms and out into the light.
We would love to hear from you. What can we do in these reports to give you a better picture of what your donations are doing at New Hope Centre? Do you enjoy hearing the individual stories of our children? How can we reach out to more people with kind and generous hearts to assure the health, emotional stability and strong leadership and educational skills needed in the future leaders of Swaziland?
You give us the courage to continue.
We are so delighted that our micro-project has generated almost $1700 dollars towards the costs of education in our community. We are fully aware that our children have many advantages that tens of thousands of other orphaned children do not, but this is our purpose for existence: to rescue those who have been stripped of everything and give them hope and a future. This micro-project was to assist in the feeding and the clothing of our students. In this part of the world all students are required to wear school uniforms in order to equalize everyone in the school as some may have shoes and socks while others may not. The Government therefore require that all students wear school uniforms to give every child the dignity and identity of where they belong in school. We have attempted to economize by using a young man to sew the simple part of the uniforms for us like the school skirts for girls and school shirts for both genders. School shoes, sweaters (or jerseys as they are called here) have to be standardized and cannot easily be made for students.
Schools begin each day at 8:00 am and the day is long, finishing at 4:00 PM each day. This means that a mid-morning snack and a good lunch is needed to sustain them through their study hours, sports and other activities. This micro-project has enabled us to maintain a reasonable provision to sustain them for the whole day. Some children who have health challenges are required to eat some special foods to enhance their immune systems and this has also been of major importance. The micro-project did not reach the full projected target which was disappointing, so we choose to cut the school pack for each child. We have been able to use what has been given by visitors who have stopped into the Centre over the summer months so the students have had the basic pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers and rulers in this time period. Other things like math set and crayons they have had to share with the entire class. We were unable to reach the costs of physical development kits.
We want to thank each and every donor who invested in the lives of these children through this micro-project and we hope in months to come you will be willing to assist for the next school year which begins at the end of January 2015.
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