SOUTH AFRICA 2016

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

 
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Forrest Team Day 1

The team has arrived safely and have wasted no time making their mark. Yesterday afternoon they stripped the roof at the Winnie Mabaso orphanage and demolished a dividing wall to provide access to the house adjacent, lllamula House.
A great start…and check out the blue sky!

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Forrest Team Day 2

 

Week 2 - Day1

Day 1 on Project South Africa 2016 at one of the Winnie Mabaso house with the team Shaun Pledger Diana Green , Susan Greig and Nicky Felvus.

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Week 2 -  Day 2

Day 2 complete and a very busy and hugely rewarding day for the A team!
These kids are so happy and they have next to nothing! All they need is good sanitary / clean living / healthy eating and an education!

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Week 2 -  Day 4

Busy Day… started at 7am!

Nearly finished project refurbishment of the orphanages.

A H&S course at the local shanty community centre…. 50 ladies blown away by the course!

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Week 2 -  Day 5

The Footprint Foundations A & B Teams last full day. It’s been an emotionally enlightened week and no one wants today to end. We have made only a small improvement in a city which cries out for help but it’s improved the hearts of us all…

We completed the refurbishment just in time.. and the whole orphanage turned out to say thank you and good-bye.

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Week 3 -  Days 1

Today saw the arrival of the next set of volunteers for Project South Africa.

Carmen St John, Rachael Metcalfe, Sarah Jane Dawe, Jon Gavin, Steve Stockford, Dawn Kidd , Wendy Ho and Rachael Burnett joined 3 of last weeks’ volunteers to complete the team of 11.


The teams were separated into 4 groups which involved them being placed at different locations.

John Keyes, Jeff Stunell and Chris Bibb continued with their building project from last week at Cool Cats day centre for children aged 0 to 5.

Wendy, Dawn and Rachael Burnett were tasked with painting the inside of two new shipping containers which were erected by the previous weeks’ volunteers. The containers were sited on an adopted squatters camp and will be used as a library and resource centre for all the children and adults on the camp.


Jon and Steve worked on the interior of a building which is being used to house volunteers for the Winnie Mabaso Foundation children’s home. They then enjoyed some recreational time with the children at the foundation after their work was over for the day.

Carmen, Sarah and Rachael Metcalfe, worked on a new type of project for Footprints in South Africa. They were involved with painting and decorating Vuyiswa, a home for the elderly and people with physical and mental disabilities. The painting is part of a larger work schedule that will be taking place in the future for Footprints and the home.

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Week 3 -  Days 2 and 3

Today saw the arrival of the next set of volunteers for Project South Africa.

Carmen St John, Rachael Metcalfe, Sarah Jane Dawe, Jon Gavin, Steve Stockford, Dawn Kidd , Wendy Ho and Rachael Burnett joined 3 of last weeks’ volunteers to complete the team of 11.


The teams were separated into 4 groups which involved them being placed at different locations.

John Keyes, Jeff Stunell and Chris Bibb continued with their building project from last week at Cool Cats day centre for children aged 0 to 5.

Wendy, Dawn and Rachael Burnett were tasked with painting the inside of two new shipping containers which were erected by the previous weeks’ volunteers. The containers were sited on an adopted squatters camp and will be used as a library and resource centre for all the children and adults on the camp.


Jon and Steve worked on the interior of a building which is being used to house volunteers for the Winnie Mabaso Foundation children’s home. They then enjoyed some recreational time with the children at the foundation after their work was over for the day.

Carmen, Sarah and Rachael Metcalfe, worked on a new type of project for Footprints in South Africa. They were involved with painting and decorating Vuyiswa, a home for the elderly and people with physical and mental disabilities. The painting is part of a larger work schedule that will be taking place in the future for Footprints and the home.

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Week 3 -  Days 2 and 3

Mid week and the teams have achieved a lot on their respective projects.

The internal walls of the shipping containers on the squatter camp look a far cry from day one. The initial top coat has made a real difference.

The house for volunteers staying at Winnie Mabaso is looking like a very comfortable home now. The decorating has been very professionally done by Jon and Steve Carmen also joined the team to lend a hand.

The visit to the Khaya centre made a welcome change for the team. In addition to getting involved with the first aid training carried out by Rachael Metcalfe to the staff and local community, the team saw how the centre was managed. They enjoyed seeing the children whilst they worked and got excited to see our team, running out of their classroom for hugs!

Watching the work in kitchen and on-site bakery, which churns out 80 loaves a day for those on-site and the community, was also a real treat.

 

Week 3 -  Days 4 and 5

Carmen, Sarah and Rachael Metcalfe were assigned to work at Vuyiswa, the home for physically and mentally disabled people. They felt a great sense of achievement as they turned depressing looking bedrooms in the women’s wing into a bright and clean environment for the clients to live.

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Week 3 - Last day

Last day at the squatter camp where the team were able to meet those who will benefit from the work they have done on the containers over the last week.

An emotional but rewarding time…

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Week 4 - Day 1

The last volunteers to arrive for Project South Africa 2016; Iolo Morgan Jones , Natalie Gragasin, Helen Williams, Andy Rolfe, Jelena Sokolova, Michelle Holdsworth, John Workman and John Charlton all joined Carmen St John and Rachael Burnett from the previous week.
They arrived on one of the hottest day of the season.
The group were split into teams of 3 and were divided into working at Cool Cats, Winnie Mombasa and the shipping containers at the squatter camp.
Day 1 went off to a flying start and everyone finished exhausted but on a high!

 

Week 4 - midweek

With the weather so hot, the team at Winnie Mabaso really felt the heat laying the foundation for the children’s playing area.

Andy, Michelle, the two Johns, Iolo and Anteneh literally got stuck in working through levelling very uneven ground and produced an excellent smooth finish!

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Week 4

After painting internally, shelves were being put up and books started to fill the shelves in preparation of the container becoming a library for the squatter camp.

The grand opening will be on Tuesday 1st November.

 

Donations

All donations brought over by the teams were distributed to  the Khaya centre, Cool Cats, the two squatter camps, Winnie Mabaso children’s home and Vuyiswa home for the disabled.

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Week 4, All Teams with Winnie Mabaso

 

Week 4, Cool Cats

Working with the children at Cool Cats finished off the week.

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Week 4, Last Day and goodbye at the Khaya Centre

The final day of the final week. Time has gone by very quickly and a lot has been done. Building and decorating works completed.

Children’s and old people’s homes made more comfortable and pleasant places to live.

Time was spent with the community leaders at the Khaya centre where, due to a lack of funds they had a serious staff shortage.

Our presence helped them with the caring, feeding and education of around 300 children daily; with 1000 people overall from the community attending for medical care, advice and other community activity. With the expertise of one of the team members one child who was severely affected by meningitis and wheelchair bound, was shown how to throw a netball into a net so helping integrate him with the other children during play which did not happen before.

Apart from us imparting our knowledge, we learnt a lot also!

All donations were distributed to babies, mothers, children of all ages and sexes and to the elderly. They were to say the least very much needed and appreciated.

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