Aug 9, 2018

August 2018 Report

Dear friends

We have just celebrated "Mandela Month" - Nelson Mandela would have celebrated his 100th birthday on the 18th of July this year.  It has become customary in South Africa to do something to uplift one's community on that day for a period of 67 minutes - one minute for each year he spent in the fight against Apartheid.

Here at the Care Centre we celebrated the day with volunteers from all around our city coming to assist us with our daily operations.  It was a wonderful ocassion and you can see pictures of it on our Facebook Page (link below).

Each volunteer chose a unit / area to be stationed at for the duration of their volunteering time.  It is a great way for them to experience our work first hand.  Unfortunately, they only see one part of the Centre when there are so many.  Similarly, through our reports on our nutrition and wellness unit, you only learn about that one part of us when there is so much more.  One hundred percent of your contributions through Global Giving are directed to this program, but we would like to share with you, how this unit integrates into the some other parts of the Care Centre.

NORMOYLE PRIMARY SCHOOL:  

 

Our school is an independent community school that believes in teaching whole life education as a vehicle for community transformation and upliftment.  While the main focus is on children, the school also focuses on equipping parents / guardians as well as youth and adult basic education.


We teach the 3 H’s which are:
HEAD (Academics)
HEART (Character and moral values)
HANDS (Skills, physical education, music, arts and culture)

 

We believe that teaching these will result in well-balanced productive citizens who will make positive contributions in the community.

 

The school runs from Junior Grade R – Grade 7 and accommodates 270 learners.


Extra Mural Activities include:  Chess, Choir, Music, Ballroom Dancing, Sport

 

None of the above would be possible if the children did not have something to eat.  Thank you for meeting that critical need for them.

 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

 

Our after-school program helps provide children a fun, safe and enriching alternative to life on the streets after school with the goal to strengthen their ability to face the harsh reality that has been dealt to them. In addition to educational and sports activities the children receive a sandwich and juice. This part of the program is so important because many of these children will not be given a proper meal until the next day when they come to the Centre again.

              

    

HEALTH CARE 

 

The objective of the Community Health and Development Unit is to serve the patients in Missionvale by providing direct access to the services of a volunteer doctor and our registered nurse.  Integrated into the Medical Unit is our pharmacy.  From here we dispense medication to our patients under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist. 

 

We have a general clinic running three days per week, a women’s clinic on Fridays, physiotherapy and an eye clinic on Thursdays.  We also offer home based care to those too ill to come to the Centre.

 

Without nutrition, the medicine our patients receive is of no benefit.  You are making it possible for them to take their medication effectively!
     

Thank you for your continued belief in us and for your loyal contributions to this vital program in our Centre.

May 7, 2018

May 2018 Report

Dear friends

It becomes more and more difficult to express our gratitude to you as we continue to be humbled and inspired by your ongoing support. We know there are always difficult decisions to make when it comes to choosing a cause, especially when there is so much need in the world. We deeply appreciate your continued belief in us.

How often we wish you could be with us to see it in action through happy children, forgotten hunger and a place restoring hope where it never seemed possible.

This particular project is only one part of our Care Centre, but it integrates into everything else; whether it is ensuring a child is able to learn and concentrate because of good nutrition, or whether it is a patient able to take medication effectively, one cannot be isolated from the other. I recently interviewed a number of people, including staff and beneficiaries, and they all echoed that the Care Centre has helped to restore hope and dignity in their lives. It is you, our faithful friends, supporters and donors who make that possible here!

We hope that you take great comfort in knowing your donation is making a significant impact in the lives of those who need it most. Thank you.

To watch two of our beneficiary interview clips, click on these links or copy and paste them into your browser:

https://youtu.be/_562EG6IL78

https://youtu.be/38OfHdHcS1E

With love and gratitude from South Africa

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Feb 7, 2018

February 2018 Report

Herald Article 1
Herald Article 1

Dear friends

Elizabeth Barrett Browning famously wrote “How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.” 

In Missionvale, we have to ask “how do we thank thee?”  Let’s count the ways:

  • Thank you for your ongoing support.  Indeed, it is what has kept us going through a very difficult year.
  • Thank you for understanding that without food, the rest of our interventions are without value.
  • Thank you for relieving the devastating hunger that still exists here.
  • Thank you for trusting us with your contributions.  The responsibility to do our best with it is not taken lightly.

I have attached two articles that were published in our local newspaper, The Herald, in December last year.  It highlights the plight of the poor in Missionvale, and we hope that by reading it you will take great comfort in knowing that you have played an active part in reaching out to those who need it most.

We are infinitely grateful to you, and no matter how many ways we find to thank you, it will never be enough to convey what we feel in our hearts!

With love and gratitude from all of us in Missionvale.

PS:  We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year.  A milestone that would not have been reached if it were not for people like you who believe in our cause!  In honour of Sr Ethel Normoyle’s incredible journey, we will be sharing one memory every week on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/missionvale We invite you to “like and follow” the page!

Herald Article 2
Herald Article 2

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