During this time of year our thoughts turn to others as we struggle to think of gifts to give our loved ones that don’t replicate what they already have. At New Hope Centre we have no such struggle. Our children have usually outgrown their few articles of clothing, their shoes no longer fit and their towels and bedding are all worn out. As Christmas approaches we give thanks for your faithfulness in providing the funds to resupply these necessities for our kids. We are grateful to be able, with your gifts, to provide these things that are probably taken for granted in your world. Our children do not take them for granted. We wish you could see their excitement at getting a new pair of shoes, a new shirt or dress.
By this time in the year we also must restock our brooms, mops, buckets and ironing board covers – again, not very exciting, but critical for the running of our “home.” These are the basics. When there is abundance we direct it toward enrichment, not only of our own children, but to the community as we train our own to reach out past our walls. Here are some of the special activities in which we are involved.
This Christmas we are preparing for a pageant that will be put on by the kids of New Hope Centre for the kids in the community and their grannies. All 50 of our own children as well as 50 community children will be leading out. There will be 14 stations with a mini-drama at each telling the story of Christmas and ending in a grand finale in the meeting hall. We are expecting 600 people. It is our fondest desire is to be able to feed them and give everyone a small gift. We believe that this kind of activity trains our students in leadership skills, compassion, charity and confidence. It requires musical training, dance lessons and speaking development. It removes any fear they may have in performing in public as well as giving them experience in interpersonal interaction skills as they reach out individually to those who attend.
Another musical endeavor is the participation of eight NHC kids in the Swazi Mass Children’s Choir that will be making a national recording to be sold as a CD. One of our own children has started her own music group and has been preparing to produce a CD album, some of the music composed by members of the group. As you may know, Swaziland is a kingdom. We have been honored recently with several visits by the royal family to participate in and observe the work we are doing at New Hope Centre. HRH Princess Temtsimba Dlamini has taken her mother’s place as patron of New Hope Centre and joined in as our students led music and dance. Inkhosikati (queen) LaNkambule and her three little princesses and nine month old baby prince joined us to celebrate a special birthday. We are honored by their interest and support of our work here.
As our thoughts turn toward you we believe that the greatest gift we can give is to fulfill the purpose for which New Hope Centre has been founded: nurturing, preparing, inspiring and training the children under our care to take their positions as leaders in the nation of Swaziland. We send these updates as a way of assuring you that the trust you have placed in us through your ongoing gifts is being taken seriously. Our prayer for you in this holiday season is that your gifts will return to you a hundred fold in ways that will bring you joy and peace.
This month I want to share with you some of the fruit that is coming from your donations to New Hope Centre. If all you were doing were to give life and hope thru clothing, shelter, food and education, it would be enough, but you are doing much, much more than that. You are enabling “throw-away” children to come into their own. The infrastructure that you help to provide with your gifts is the springboard for much more than subsistence. They are bringing hope, training, education and quality to the lives of hundreds – in fact thousands of lives in Swaziland.
Just this past month, Ms. Tracie and Caleb took a group of New Hope Children to East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa to speak to school assemblies with as many as 1,100 students, churches, university students and even a juvenile prison about their life journeys. They were able to share the inspiring sagas they have lived as they went from hopelessness to confidence and accomplishment. They told of God’s power to transform lives of despair into productive members of society. Their listeners were encouraged to see beyond their current circumstances and aim toward higher goal that improve the lives of others and the atmosphere of the nation. Their tour resulted in invitations to many other venues to bring inspiration to the hopeless orphaned children of Swaziland.
Additionally, two of the teachers from NHC were asked to present a series on national radio on the topic of child development, play and social development in early childhood. There was a real hunger to hear what they had to say. During the listener call-in session, even the non-English speakers were calling to ask for help in understanding how to better provide for the needs of their children. These are the teachers you have been supporting with your giving; teachers sought after to instruct and mentor the parents and educators of the nation.
For those of you who would like to read and understand a little more of the foundations of Dr. Elizabeth Hynd, Director of NHC, a new book is available detailing the life story of her pioneering father, Dr. Samuel Hynd. Footprints on African Hearts and Lands: The Life and Work of Dr. Samuel W. Hynd. It can be found at Amazon at this link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NF30ZZO. It was Dr. Elizabeth's experience growing up in Swaziland under her father's mentoring that equipped her to be the director needed for New Hope Centre.
Once again we are touched and renewed by your faithfulness to stand with us in this endeavor to which we have committed our lives.
Outreach to the thousands of orphans in Swaziland has become a major focus of New Hope Centre. It’s not enough for our 51 kids to thrive. We want the same advantages and hope to belong to others outside our walls. Just this month, June, 2014, our students have launched a large scale plan to transmit the values, talents and survival skills that they have acquired at NHC to as many other orphans as possible.
They have started a program for children ages 4-14 run, planned and created by children that will meet each month on our campus. During our first program launch, 187 kids from our local area came together to learn that they are valuable, that they can excel and that they have a voice. Next month the target group will expand to a larger area with an expected group of 350 children.
Our own kids have benefitted from careful nurturing, proper nutrition, adequate clothing and foundational education. Even our young triplets get up in front and sing or speak. This has given other youngsters the courage to transform from being shy, introverted and alienated to being confident and poised young people.
Msimsi is a good example. When we first encountered him he had difficulty making eye contact and would not communicate. His background had been very difficult and he trusted no one. Gently, our kids have encouraged him and trained him. During our recent gathering he stood before the entire group, announced who he was and did the narration for a play that he had devised for his group to perform.
It is our vision, mission and pleasure to make an impact in the country of Swaziland. We want to embrace your caring sacrifices in support of what is happening here. You can take legitimate pride in the light that is beginning to shine in a place too long in the dark throes of HIV/AIDS. As you plan your giving for July, we would like to make you aware that if you submit your donation on July 16 it will be matched 50% - since you have given us “Superstar” status on Global Giving!
Our big news for this report is that Ten Years ago in March 2004, New Hope Centre was born. New Hope Centre will celebrate our 10 year anniversary March 28th-30th. We want this to be a time of joy, hope and celebration for all of the orphans we have been working with across Swaziland for the past several years. The weekend will begin on Friday with the arrival of 400 double orphans from around the country along with 40 youth leaders and 40 teachers who will accompany them.Saturday, March 29th at 2pm, the official event will take place with Deputy Prime Minister Chief Arliamentariana. The orphans (both mother and father have died) who will be attending will be camping in tents at NHC. They will leave with clothings and supplies they need for survival. The kids from NHC have been personally working with these orphans for several years now, so this will be a culmination of their efforts.
Your generosity continues to make an enormous impact on the lives of the kids of New Hope Centre. It has made dreams possible for education and even the normal activities of teenagers taking on the skills of adulthood such as driving. I'd like to tell you about Philippa. For several years now she has felt called to become a medical doctor. She was a double orphan when she came to us. From the beginning, she has demonstrated wisdom, courage and intelligence. She attended the South Africa All Africa School Convention for students from all over Africa. This year she was accepted tinto Penryn College, one of the top five colleges in South Africa. She has already started there. If it had not been for you and people like you she never could have gotten the foundation of the basics: nurturing, training, education, food, clothing and shelter. Her story is just one of many that should give you joy as you see that you can and did make a difference. Thank you. Our teachers continue to attempt to keep the curriculum up to date and up to standards so that when our kids have completed their education at New Hope Centre they will be prepared to move seemlessly into other schools. One of our teachers, Tracie Hynd, has put together a very unique curriculum that focuses on integrating daily living skills with didacting learning. Since Swaziland is a desparately poor nation, many of the students will go on to rather primitive villages with few of the amenities with which you are familiar such as washing machines and electricity. So, in addition to preparing our youth for scholastic achievement that will equip them to moving into positions of leadership in the country, they will also have to be at home with washing clothes on a washboard. Ms. Hynd has been instrumental in helping these children to integrate high scholastic achievment with primitive living conditions in a way that will assist others in their communities to reach higher.
We want to acknowledge our debt of gratitude to you for making this past ten years possible and extend an invitation to come and visit us sometime to see firsthand the fruits of your investment in the lives of our beautiful children.
You are special to us,
Cherry Brandstater, Project Coordinator
In a little over a year you have contributed more than $50,000 to New Hope Centre. Your contributions have been the life blood to this home of refuge for the fifty orphans of Swaziland sheltered within our walls. We are more than an orphanage; we are a family. Each child has been given a new name, a family name: Abraham. They have a sense of belonging and community and think of each other as brothers and sisters. Within this family they have developed an identity and have been given the hope for bright futures.
With your help we have provided the infrastructure for these children to pursue their individual gifting and dreams. Some are clearly equipped to go on to professional careers. One of our older kids has been accepted into a school where she will direct her education toward becoming a medical doctor. She has felt called toward this path for several years and now is on track to actually begin working toward a degree.
Within the past month one of our sponsors has given another student all of the fees necessary for him to begin training toward his commercial pilot’s license. He has already attained his civil aviation security pass. This was an incredible boost to his possibilities that would not have been possible without the support of people like you.
Some of our kids will take their places in the agricultural and farming industries within our country. One of our older students has attended a training center where he will learn how to manage chickens. He will be able to come back to New Hope Centre and apply those skills toward helping us to become more self-supporting as well. When he reaches adulthood he will be able to go out and run his own business. Along these same lines it is our goal to create a dairy industry here at New Hope Centre, both for the purpose of creating a stream of income and as a training tool for practical skills. You may hear from us regarding this project later.
We continue to educate the children in the history and culture of their surroundings. Recently, one of our students was able to travel to Table Mountain and Robyn Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years of his life. When she returned we had the opportunity to discuss the implications of this powerful role model for our kids. One of our girls has a strong desire to work with the victims of human trafficking. She was given the marvelous opportunity to go to Cambodia and learn from a center that has been successful in retraining women into other skills.
The students continue to pursue sports and fine arts as they remain in training for swimming competitions, dance, piano and other instrumental lesions. We recently obtained the funds to get our own swimming pool functional and received a donation of Fast Track equipment that allows our swimmers to train right here at home. The skills they are learning in their chosen disciplines do not go to waste. All of our students have rich opportunities to share theses skills by performing for others and providing the inspiration that it is possible to overcome the adversity that has darkened this land. They have become beacons of light to hundreds of other kids throughout our nation that they, too, can be survivors, overcomers and conquerors.
Thank you, once again, for believing in New Hope Centre. Thank you for continuing to provide the sustenance that gives life to the goals we laid out to you in this project. Of course, this includes the basics of providing love, nurturing relationships, safety, on-site education, life-disciplines, food, clothing and shelter. These necessities of life provide the springboard for all of the enrichment we’ve shared with you in this update. Without this, without you, we could not continue. Our needs are on-going; we are so grateful that your generosity is as well.
We pray that you will receive a hundred fold blessing from what you have invested this year into the lives of these precious children.
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