Thank you to the children for wearing their bright clothes. We have raised a fantastic £200 in one day, which will be used for such a worthy cause! What a great way to demonstrate the value of love, by helping children less fortunate. We will keep you posted about how the money was spent.
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On Tuesday, the 4th of December, we are having a fundraiser for two houses in South Africa, so the children at St Michael’s are invited to dress up in bright clothes, paying a golden coin (£1 or £2).
During my holiday in South Africa in 2017, I visited two houses in the township of Gugulethu, Cape Town – each house with their own inspirational story.
Nancy is a lady who looks after severely disabled children, with hardly any funds from the government. She started by looking after her own severely disabled daughter, who has since passed away. As she had to stay home with her daughter, she offered to look after other disabled children in the township to give their parents the opportunity to go to work. Sadly, some of the parents never came back to collect their children and over time she ended up with 12 children to look after 24/7, 365 days of the year. She had to fight for 11 years to get any funds from the government and finally she is now getting a small allowance. However, it is hardly enough to buy food for the children, toiletries, nappies, clothes and paying helpers to support her with the care of the children. Last year St Michael’s raised money to by a TV and DVD player, as, due to the nature of the children’s disabilities and the lack of money and resources, there is very little for them to do.
Down the road from Nancy lives another inspirational lady called Priscilla, who, out of the kindness of her heart, opened her house to many orphan children wandering the streets, with nowhere to live. She has 16 children living with her, and like Nancy, have very little financial support from the government.
When you visit these houses, it leaves you humble. First of all you have new appreciation of how fortunate we are and that we should be thankful for all we have. Secondly, you are humbled by these inspirational ladies who have dedicated their lives to help children in need, for very little in return.
There is a quote: “You can’t change the world, but you can change the world for one person.” We might not be able to help everyone, but when we have the opportunity to make a difference, we can do our little to help. We therefore want to do another fundraiser this year to raise money for these two houses.
Here is a list of their current need:
- A new stove
- Repairing the leak in the roof and painting the children’s room
- Putting in new doors (as the doors can’t shut)
- Children are being home schooled in the afternoon, so they need stationary, paper and reading books. It will also be great if we can get them a television and DVD player, so that the children can watch educational DVDs and be entertained at home, so that they don’t go off in boredom to wander the streets (which is not a safe place to be).
- New fridge
- On-going costs of toiletries and nappies
We want to raise some money to help them, even if it is just a little bit!