On a recent visit to the USA met globalgiving staff in WHT-DC and Dana at the Tech awards dinner. Visited Chicago for an SA gems fund raising event. SA Gems have donated a $10,000 diamond pendant to be auctioned to raise Globalgiving funds John Hecklinger from GG attended the function. SA Gems has about another $3000.00 coming to Refilwe.
SA Gems recently brought a group of US Association Jewellers to South Africa.
Part of the trip was a visit to Refilwe to inspect the first project namely the restrooms and laundry with the unique solar powered hot water system.
Some of the group had the opportunity to see the start of the renovation program and to meet the new house mother with 2 of her young charges and James who is incharge of reconstruction
We require donations to renovate 2 houses for 12 orphans from abused homes or who are victims of HIV/ AIDS deaths of parents.
The project named "The God parents project", aims to provide a home environment for 6 children per house with a house mother in charge of the group. They live together in a separate house as opposed to the institutional living of the usual orphanage. They cook their own food under the guidance of the house mother. The family controls their own monthly budget. They are encouraged to grow their own vegetables in an allotted area of a communal garden provided and to care for the domestic animals and chickens of the Refilwe farming projects
Progress pictures are provided below and additional photos are in the photo gallery.
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