It is with deep gratitude that I write to you to thank you all for your incredible support to our project "Nutrition for 500 families in South Africa". Fundraising for food always remains our biggest challenge and it is only with the support from people like you, that we are able to continue this basic, but VITAL, service.
From December 2012 to date, we have been able to purchase 532 food parcels with the funds received through Global Giving alone! We could never find the words to thank you enough for making this miracle possible.
At Missionvale Care Centre we have a holistic approach and offer services including Nutrition, Education, Skills Development and Health Services. On our premises we have a small primary school (204 pupils) and this morning, our school principal, Russel Viljoen, shared something that illustrates the impact of the nutrition so well. One of our Grade 4 pupils is HIV positive. At the end of last year, he really started to struggle with his physical health due to the strong medication that he had to take. (We suspect that either the medication was given incorrectly or not at all which brought about his situation). Of course, in this time the school went on their 6 week summer break. Our principal was very concerned when he returned mid-January and looked really weak and sickly. He could hardly walk properly and had lost a lot of weight. It is now one month exactly since he has come back to school and the transformation in his health and physical stature is astounding and can only be ascribed to the healthy and regular meals that he receives at school. Russel said that he now watches with gratitude and amazement as the boy plays rugby on the grass patch with the other boys. He is strong and healthy and most importantly, HAPPY!
Through your contributions, you are the ones making successes like these possible!
With love and gratitude from all of us in Missionvale,
Linda van Oudheusden
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