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!
It is a challenging time, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 83 382 0678
We’re almost at the end of the third month of 2021! A year past the onset of one of the toughest global crises in recent history. Also 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 with the most surprising resilience. Admittedly we are still in the thick of it, our team are feeling the same fog and fatigue that many have been expressing, but somehow hope still flows through our hearts and our home as we hear the babble and laughter of our loved little ones. While the timeline for our move has been pushed waaaay out, beyond anything we could have anticipated – stretching our endurance just that little bit extra, 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
As we wait on that exciting news do you want to know something else amazing!? It is through all our collective monthly supporters that HALF our monthly costs are covered! When we calculated the latest figures from the last financial year we were absolutely blown away and overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you who have stuck so loyally by our side through these times! It is through the gift of committed, continuous support that we were able to survive through these times, and for that the little words of “thanks” and no amount of virtual hugs will never quite seem enough. We absolutely appreciate and never take for granted the gifts we are given every day that allow us to continue doing the important work we love and are so passionate about.
As 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 other things are starting to return to a certain level of “normal” too. Along with our local volunteers, we have started welcoming international volunteers again which has provided a welcome relief and some much needed rest for our caregiver team.
In these times of uncertainty we continue to welcome and appreciate any support that we are blessed with – whether it be for our daily needs or towards our caregiver salaries or toward the bond of our new home. Even just the simple act of bringing us up in conversation goes a long way to raising awareness – planting the seed that may inspire others to consider offering us their support. 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.
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. It has specifically been our team of Adopt-A-Cot supporters that have given us the gift to survive this years unprecendted challenges - without each and every one of you it is difficult to imagine how we would ever have survived this kind of global catastrophe. 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 with anticipation for the finishing touches to be put on our new home, 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 (email@example.com).
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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