Jan 12, 2021

January 2021

Dear, dear friends

It is with cautious optimism that I am writing to wish you a “Happy New Year”! Indeed most of us feel some trepidation as we commence 2021, not quite knowing what to expect in the coming months.

This has led me to think about the opposite. What are we able to guarantee?

Here is what I can tell you:

  • Every cent you have contributed through GlobalGiving has provided food parcels that are distributed to those who need it most urgently.
  • Every morning, before our staff begin their working day, there is a time for thanksgiving. During this time, we think of you and the incredible things you make possible.
  • Before the food is distributed, the community come together in this same spirit of gratitude; pausing for a moment to remember that behind every dollar, is a person sacrificing it. I have mentioned their singing before, and even though they are now spaced 1.5 meters apart, the joyful unification of their beautiful voices bring us all together.

How I wish you could all be here to be a part of it and to see the impact of your wonderful donations first hand. This is an open invitation to visit us, as soon as circumstances allow again!

In the meantime, I am sharing some photographs of food parcels distributed in December. I am proud to say the spinach was grown in our own communal vegetable garden, and the rest is all from YOU! We cannot thank you enough.

May your goodness to us come back to you in many wonderful and unexpected ways.

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Sep 15, 2020

September 2020 Report

Dear, dear friends

In South Africa, 1 September is always celebrated as it marks the first day of Spring.  At schools children are usually allowed to wear something bright and put flowers in their hair.  My own memory of Spring Days at school is that the weather almost never played along, and the winter air was still very much present!  And yet, there was definitely something in the air.  For many, Spring symbolizes a time of hope and I think never more so than now!  Much like that cold winter air, Covid is still with us, but slowly there are more and more signs that the worst is over.

On the opposite side of the world, we are aware that you are entering the autumn months which brings with it its own beauty.

And so the world has kept turning, seasons have changed and days have come and gone.  It almost seems unbelievable that time can continue no matter what happens!

Here in Missionvale, the last few months have melted into each other in a surreal way.  With our lockdown restrictions easing, we have been able to welcome people to the Centre again.  Although we have to keep distances between us and wear masks at all times, it is good to be together again. 

In our school (Normoyle Primary) the children have been gradually brought back and quickly adapted to the “new normal”.  Some of the parents are volunteering to ensure the classrooms are sanitized every two hours.  The gardeners have returned as well and we look forward to the next harvest!

We are overcome with gratitude to be able to continue our work.  Your donations have carried us through!

There is a long road ahead still as we navigate our way through this crisis and the consequences on the already strained economy. 

Our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to YOU, for walking this journey with us, and for the hope you bring with each contribution.  You are appreciated beyond measure.

PS:  All around South Africa, health workers, companies, students and organisations have been doing something called The #Jerusalema Challenge to uplift one another throughout this pandemic.  Our Grade 7 pupils decided to participate with the rest of the school sharing messages against Gender Based Violence.    

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May 20, 2020

May 2020 Report

Dearest friends

It is quite amazing to think that the whole world changed so much since our last update!

Like the rest of the world, we are facing the challenges of Covid-19, but in South Africa, the hunger has by far surpassed the fear of the virus.

It is therefore with HUGE gratitude to all of you, and to GlobalGiving, that we are writing to thank you for your continued support, and for the $1000 microgrant we have received. Your interest and genuine concern for the people in Missionvale is deeply meaningful.

Lockdown means something different for everyone, but it is particularly hard for the people in townships. With poor sanitation and overcrowding at the best of times, it has been a challenging time.

Under lockdown regulations, people cannot come to the Centre the way they used to, and we’ve had to adapt by delivering essentials like food parcels and medical supplies. Last week I had the opportunity to follow our caregivers as they went about their daily duties. It was heartbreaking to see the children following our van, begging for something to eat.

Overnight, the poor have become even poorer. Those who could previously provide for themselves, are not able to do so now. The need for our services has therefore increased tremendously.

As went door-to-door, we were greeted with grateful smiles and good wishes all around. Many commented on the huge impact the Centre has made in the community. We are only the conduit though – it is donations from people like YOU that enable us to continue our work in these strange times.

ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE IN MISSIONVALE, THANK YOU…THANK YOU.

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