SOUTH AFRICA 2015

Our teams of volunteers have now started work in South Africa.

 
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Volunteer Works 18th – 25st October 2015

Forrest team hard at work at Cool Cats Orphanage, concreting a trench for a new building next week, and being helped by/spending time with the children.

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Volunteer Works 18th – 25st October 2015

Arrival Day
After arriving into Johannesburg on Sunday morning, the team of 10 settled into their home for the next 7 days. Following lunch, we drove to visit Little Angels and Cool Cats. Some of the team were return volunteers from the previous year and were able to check the work that they had done and  see the progress that had been made.

During the day they went through familiarisation of the sights, Health & safety, job and team allocation.

Day 1 – Monday 19th October

The teams were divided into 3. One team was allocated to Cool Cats Children’s home, where they were tasked with building an extension of an existing room presently used for everything including learning, feeding, changing and sleeping of children as young as 6 months rising to 10 years.

The new room, which will make their present area as much as 3 times larger than their existing building, will enable the children to grow in a more pleasing and habitable environment.

The second team was allocated to Little Angels where they started to paint the inside and outside of the wall of the grounds and render and paint the outside of the wall which is visible to the public. There is a lot of wall to paint but the team, enduring temperatures of 30 plus degrees carried on.

The sweet giving ceremony then took place with the children from the local school next to Little Angels virtually running over the team for the annual sweet treat.

The third and final team was made up of Courtney and Lilli. They were the Plumbing team with Lilli also doubling up as the local photographer!

After fitting a new toilet at Cool Kats they made their way down to Little Angels to repair a leak to a bath.

The day ended successfully, the teams were fed, watered and even smiling after a long hard day in the heat.

Day 2  – Tuesday 20th October.

Back to the same teams and work plans at Cool Cats and Little Angels The plumbing team started a new project at a new Children’s home, Winnie Mambasa. This is a fantastic home that is well run and can only be described as a large extended family. All the children are girls from ages 3 to 14; it is very well structured and disciplined and the children are very much loved and are so happy!

Days 3 and 4

Decorating Cool Kats and Little Angels as can be seen from the before and after photos below

Last day

The teams were able to go and see two other Footprints Orphanages. 

Finally the team gather for a group photo at Winnie Mabaso children’s home.

This was the last home to be visited before the team left for the airport.

Here the children at Winnie Mabaso gather around. A great home and a great set of children. The whole team were so impressed here and as usual enjoyed time with the children.

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Volunteer Works 25th – 31st October 2015

The team continue to decorate and bring up to standard the toilet block. We were joined by the daughter of the owners where we were staying in Plaaskombois. Marinique is 18 years old and enjoyed spending the day helping the team.

Volunteers working flat out to get the shower and toilet blocks completed at Amazing Grace before the end of the week.

Neil, along with 7 other volunteers from the Johannesburg stock exchange joined us for the day to help out which was great for them to do so.

The work at Winnie Mabaso continues beyond the Children’s Home.

Here is just one of their extended projects, feeding the neighbouring squatter camps every Friday. They feed in excess of 300 children, women and men. They also provide clothes and assist them with growing their own vegetables so that they can feed themselves as well.

Fantastic work, kindness and generosity. The team assisted them on the last day – a very moving experience.

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