| Feb 21, 2023
Babies, Bumps and Beginnings...
Little Stars in our Sky!
As we celebrate our 30th anniversary since our founding back in 1993 we cannot help but feel amazed by the journey that this life saving work has entailed. While we were always committed to our vision of serving the little lives that needed us most, we could not have imagined the twists and turns that awaited us through the proceeding years and decades. One thing is for certain, with your help we have managed to surmount some of the toughest challenges that any organisation could face. We have so much to be grateful for and so much hope for what our future holds as we continue in our privileged position to continue serving those who need us.
In the past 5 months we have had a steady uptick in placements and new admissions in babies. You can expect some changes in the little ones that your receive updates on. As these changes take their toll, we remain keenly aware of the hard yet vital calling of our role in their little lives of "Loving to Let Go".
We could have filled a book with the news from the last year but instead we decided to keep it short, sweet and personal, as we know that this year has already started with its own set of challenges in many parts of the world.
So here are my 5 highlights:
1. On the right track!
I am confident we are on the right track because we have been blessed in a million ways that validate the tough choice we made to move.
2. Proud property owners
We own the new property and have paid it off completely!
3. Giving mothers hope
We are successfully building families in our Mother’s Hope program, and have received a funding commitment to accept two new mommies into the program
4. Walk this way!
We are seeing more visitors come through our doors, which means people are excited about our work as they have been in years past.
5. A growing village
We have found a new model of care that is working and means we have a tight-knit, happy community, caring for almost 50 kids in total!
After two years of a pandemic and the almost insurmountable odds against us to move to a more suitable and sustainable property, I’m sure you will join me in celebrating these incredible milestones that are tinged with signs of grace.
Reminiscing on the achievements behind us, here is how we are looking ahead:
1. Green village
We are blessed to be getting a sustainable infrastructure in place, from a solar installation and water recycling, to veggie farming and ongoing maintenance support. We are successfully building a village for the future.
2. Revive 1000
We have a new sustainable giving program called Revive 1000 that encourages small and medium businesses to pledge an affordable monthly amount of R500.
Like our Adopt-a-Cot program, this harnesses the power of collective giving, empowers SME networking, and provides reliable income towards financial independence for our TLC Village.
3. Healing trauma
We have begun running powerful Trauma and Belonging workshops to help empower people who care for children with difficult past experiences.
4. It takes a village
We are strengthening our Mother’s Hope and Strive to Thrive programs by collaborating with community members who can bring their time, talent and energy to our Village.
5. Non-profit, big change
We will be registering TLC Village as a non-profit company (NPC) in the new year, to set up a sustainable income stream that will help our programs continue.
We love and appreciate every individual who has helped us to this point of hope and anticipation! We would love to see you, so if you are able, please come and visit us!
From all of us at TLC Village, we hope that this year has had a blessed beginning for you and your loved ones. Thank you for making 2022 an awesome year, despite all odds. We look forward to showering many more blessings on all those who are being empowered through our efforts toward “Reviving The Village”.