Bust That Bond, Baby!

by TLC Ministries
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Bust That Bond, Baby!
Bust That Bond, Baby!
Bust That Bond, Baby!
Before and After (Our Miracle of Miracles)
Before and After (Our Miracle of Miracles)

Dearest Friend,

It has been 6 months since our last report and these months have been full of really amazing things, but has come with its own set of challenges too…

We are making amazing headway in creating clarity for our supporters to better communicate all our projects in a defined and formalized way. If you would like to get a better idea of what these are please check out our April Newsletter

Your vital show of support in the funding of our new home has been instrumental in getting us through to this point of safely settling in to our new home. Standing with us in our time of need during the Covid-19 crisis, so that our work continues despite the hurdles we've gone through over the past few years. You have truly blessed us and most importantly you have blessed the vulnerable babies, children and individuals who rely on us. 

While we are no longer directly experiencing the negative financial effects of the pandemic we are still in a constant and desperate struggle to make ends meet each month due to our governmental subsidy not being fulfilled for the past year. This has left a massive deficit in our funding and it is truly miraculous that over a year later we have managed to keep our doors open. But this monthly shortfall it is getting harder and harder to cover.

Every hurdle we overcome in the systemic and bureaucratic challenges of getting our government subsidy reinstated reveals several subsequent hidden hurdles not disclosed in the preceding process. As the time drags on our financial situation and exhausted team gets more and more strained. The hoped-for relief of our safer and more sustainable home is dangled before us twisted in the injustice of heartless processes and paperwork delays.

We have always resisted making requests for added support in our GlobalGiving reports. Today we have decided to break this informal policy and ask for your gracious understanding as we make our humble and urgent appeal for your help. Of course, we know times are challenging and the world feels scary on so many levels right now – but our babies, mommies and children are still part of this world. You have sustained and sheltered them in a joy-filled and loving space, removed from the desperate situations that brought them to us. You still have so many ways you may be able to help.

  • If you know of any opportunities we can pursue or individuals we can approach to help us get through the coming few month we would be incredibly grateful. You can email Pippa directly on pippa@tlc.org.za with any leads you may have.
  • Alternatively, we ask for your support through sharing our profile or social pages with those in your network who may have capacity to join you and the rest of our amazing community of supporters, who are largely the reason we are still here today, despite our long season of unforeseen struggles.

As we go forward we continue to grow and learn how best to build strong bonds early on to effect lifelong positive benefits on health, wellbeing and community stability. After 30 years of learning about trauma on infants and the consequences of unnecessarily long stays in the care system, TLC has improved our service offering to try work at reducing the exposure to trauma for the infants we serve by embracing the mothers who carry them. We believe our model supports multiple SDG's and will have broad positive consequences if together we can keep it going.

Thank you for standing by us.

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Little Lives Matter and their Memories Matter
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Paramedic's Visit for Community Helper Day
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TLC Family
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Sliding is Serious Business!
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Before and After (Rainbow of Promise)
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The Little Ones Exploring their New Hood
The Little Ones Exploring their New Hood

At long last, with the amazing support of many individuals, companies, associations and families, we have moved into our new home! For the purpose of clarity for your our special "Bust That Bond, Baby" Supporters we include this little added note: While we still have a bond to pay off to a special investor, who partnered with us in purchasing the property, it is important to note that the property is safely in the name of the Children's Home.   

Here is a brief tour to give you an idea of what you have help us to accomplish through your dedicated support. Considering the state of the world over the past two years, this achievement is undeniably miraculous. We are blessed beyond measure and remain dedicated to our pursuit to provide the best for the little ones who rely on us.

Not only did we overcome almost impossible odds to move the Children's Home to a new, safer, and more cost-effective location over the Heritage Day weekend, but you and the rest of our TLC family helped us to reach our Heritage Day fundraising goal of R300,000!
 
Amidst virtual popping champagne corks and confetti, we were blindsided a few days before The Big Move in the best way. An anonymous guardian angel donated 
R300,000, matching the full amount we’d already raised from the fundraiser!

With our hearts full, our feet dusty from moving day, and our eyes leaky, we were overflowing with gratitude for the unwavering support from our village.

If you’ve followed our journey until now, you'll know that it has had enough plot twists to put a reality show to shame (though a lot more wholesome!) Through all these dramas and miracles, we still continue in loving commitment to our little ones. In total we've welcomed seven new little loves into our home and tearfully bid farewell to nine of our family as they left us for their forever homes. In light of these little lives that that touch our hearts every day, we are keenly aware that our work and our effort will never be in vain.

As we continue into the transition of the coming year we have still not received a single cent from Department of Social Development this financial year and it seems unlikely that we will before March or April next year. This is deeply challenging to our cash flow and has started to negatively impact funding appeals with other institutions as well. In this time all we can do is continue to call on those who care as much for our little ones as we do. They need us and they need you! And whilst some in high places may be quick to dismiss them, based on the missing paperwork they require to prove their worth, we won’t walk away. We had desperately hoped by now we would be in a position to ease up on these urgent appeals… but here we are.

We need you – we know paperwork doesn’t dim your view of their worth. So we ask you once more to rally your friends, families, churches, colleagues or classmates to help us fill in the gap where the system fails them. You can have your gifts amplified when you make a donation through GlobalGiving for Giving Tuesday on the 30th November 2021. The timeframe for having donations matched is quite specific so if you’d like to receive our 3 reminders through the day you can opt-in here.

Thank you for joining hands with us. Together we make all the difference.

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Assessing our Limited Storage Options

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Happy House - for our over 2 year olds
Happy House - for our over 2 year olds

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and keeping well.

I'd like to thank you, our supporters, for reaching out from near and far since our last update and during the current state of unrest in our nation to find out how we are doing. 

I wish I could give you a window into the many amazing things in our home that continue to inspire us and keep us going even through our darkest days: Like the first steps we've seen and first words we've heard this month, the two sweet newborns that arrived this week, and the two forever families from Europe that arrived today to meet their children for the first time after waiting a year! 

The move has been a very stop and start kind of situation. We are so incredibly blessed to have amazing supporters who have come through for us to help us finalize the purchase of the property - 50% given as donations and 50% as a loan. Just as our sails were filling up, and we prepared to go full steam ahead to finish the renovations, new obstables have come into play and put us right back at our snails pace of progress.
 
It is a challenging time, for everyone, adding to the many challenges we have all already been faced with this past year. On Wednesday night we were thrown yet another curveball and we are running out of ideas as the hurdles start piling up. I sent out this video appeal out on our social channels this past Thursday, asking our community for some suggestions that might help us out of this situation.


There have been many people asking for a breakdown of our costs which you can find here.

You have helped us get this far and we are happy to say we are still moving forward each day. Your presence and participation in our community of champions, supporters, and cheerleaders is so appreciated. We look forward to the day when urgent appeals like this are a thing of the past. For now we journey on...

The long journey to our new home and the sustainability it will bring. We are so close and excited to share our progress with you!

We invite you to join us on Sunday at 13pm SAST for a tour of our almost completed new home. All are welcome and you are welcome to invite friends. Even if you can't make it live RSVP here and we will send you the link to the recording on YouTube. 


"The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children" - Nelson Mandela

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.

With Heartfelt Thanks and 
Kind Regards,
Faith Abrahams
faithj@tlc.org.za | +27 83 382 0678

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Building a House of His Own
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Entrance Wall Painted by Auto & General
Play Gym Ready and Waiting!
Play Gym Ready and Waiting!
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Keeping Warm While we Wait to Move

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Best Buds
Best Buds

We’re almost at the end of the third month of 2021! A year past the time we had originally hoped to be in our new home. Most amazingly, and by the grace of God and you - our loyal supporters, we have managed to pull through one of the toughest global crises in recent history. Admittedly we are still in the thick of it, but somehow hope still flows through our hearts and our home as we hear the babble and laughter of our loved little ones. While our timeline has been pushed waaaay out, beyond anything we could have anticipated, we have no doubt that within the foreseeable future we will finally be settling into our new home!

Despite the bank insisting we jump through numerous hurdles before releasing our bond, there have been some exciting developments in the wings which we can hardly wait share with you! But, since things are not finalized just yet we felt it prudent to hold onto this special announcement until all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. Our next update will surely be one filled with celebration and appreciation. <3

In the meantime, we continue about our daily work – bringing in new little ones with open and loving arms, and saying bitter-sweet goodbyes to the ones we have loved as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. We welcome and appreciate any support that helps us – whether it be for our daily needs or towards our caregiver salaries or toward the bond of our new home. It all adds up to make such a big difference in our work as we navigate these uncertain times. Thank you for being part of this journey with us, and most importantly with them – our babies! Whilst they may never know your name and the gifts you blessed them with we see you and we appreciate you and we know that this work could not continue without each of you who help make this work possible!

As ever, please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions, comments or feedback! I’m always happy to hear from our valued supporters.

With Hope, Love and Gratitude,

Faith

So much Love!
So much Love!
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The Joys of Farm Life

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Bead by Bead
Bead by Bead

To Our Dearest Team of Bond Busters!

As it is for everyone, I'm sure, it is still so hard to wrap our heads around the completely surprising turn of events we've all experienced this year. We are so incredibly humbled and grateful for your love and loyalty in supporting us through these uncertain times. It really is such a testament to our community of supporters who truly value the work that we do that, for the most part, everyone's support has been unwavering. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude that we are able to still continue our loving care and passionate championing for the little ones who call TLC home.

Coping with Covid-19 safety protocols and lack of volunteers has certainly presented new challenges and has kept our whole team very busy. While our communications may be erratic and not as regular or punctual as we would hope, we so appreciate the grace our supporters have shown us in being patient as we figure out and make our way through these challenging times. Across the board our onsite operations team have done a sterling job in keeping things going and making sure as many bases are covered as possible through this season, and while we keep our heads down in day to day work, we are so very eager for our future. While we wait in eager anticipation for the finishing touches to be put on our new home - that you have so graciously helped make possible - and plan our exciting future in the close-knit community of Walkerville, business as usual has to continue where we are to maintain stability in the lives of our little ones.

Not only have the obvious changes from Covid-19 been impacting us, there has also been a massive disruption in children's homes across the sector as governments push to implement "rapid placements" of many of the children-in-care as a supposed preventative, reactionary measure to the virus. It has been a significantly difficult season as we are forced to say goodbye to many of the older children in our home as they join foster families. While foster care is not our first preference for placements we have come to appreciate that there is a place for this role in the system and that there are many blessings that come with the children moving into the care of a more traditional family environment. That being said, the speed and lack of forewarning from authorities has been alarming and unsettling. All we can do is be contented that we have done our best to make each little one as resilient as possible in preparing them for this next chapter of their lives and keep them in our prayers.

Yet, as quickly as many of the children are being placed, new little ones are being welcomed into our home. The need for homes for babies who are being abandoned due to the huge surge in poverty and unemployment is overwhelming. We are being phoned every second day with desperate requests to take in more babies. Every baby we have to turn away truly breaks our hearts as we know most other homes are also already full to capacity. This situation is harrowing and yet we have to put on a brave face and continue making the difference we can within our boundaries that enable us to provide what each child needs without compromising on the quality of care each little one receives in our home.

This situation has starkly highlighted the need for more family-support programs - to prevent little ones being given up to the system in the first place. It is our dream that once our children’s home is stable and settled, after this transitional phase to our new home, that we will be able to start expanding on what we do; using our 20+ years of experience to start offering family-strengthening / parenting programs. We hope that you will continue to walk with us on this journey as we work towards this goal.

But, for now, thank you for every step you’ve taken with us along the way so far!
You are so appreciated.

As always, if you ever have any questions, comments or feedback please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly (faithj@tlc.org.za).

P.S. Also be sure to check out the awesome adoption book Super Stevie that is being launched on Monday 9th of November - World Adoption Day. 50% of the proceeds will be coming to TLC to help us pay off our bond! Please share with all your adoptee friends! 

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TLC Ministries

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng - South Africa
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Twitter: @TLChildrensHome
Project Leader:
Faith Abrahams
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Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
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