Newsletter October 2018
- Published: Monday, 22 October 2018 09:55
Our School life in 2018
3rd term results
We can proudly say that all the children’s marks improved greatly in term 3.
True spirit of Ubuntu
One of our 4th graders in Kensington Ridge Primary School was on the brink of being moved to a special needs school because her marks were so poor. One of the older learners committed to helping her with extra lessons after school and the 4th grader passed all her subjects (with flying colours) in term 3! We are so proud of our girls.
Please keep the children in your thoughts and prayers in November as they study and write exams.
A month to remember special people
“Kick the biggest drum for it makes the most noise and will be heard everywhere” - this is how we will remember Granny Jo Marcus. Since 2009 grannies Jo, Caroline and Barbara walked with Home of Hope and granny Jo regularly did art and other activities with the children. The grannies are an institution at Home of Hope and each year they blessed every child with R20 for their birthday. Granny Jo will be sorely missed and our prayers are with grannies Caroline and Barbara.
On 8th October we were honoured to welcome Constitutional Court Judge Leona Theron at Berea Hillbrow Home of Hope. The judge spoke to the children about the importance of education and stressed the value of Maths and English. She encouraged the children to focus on their future and to leave the past behind.
A heartfelt thank-you to each and every person and company who came through to help us on Mandela Day! It felt like family coming through to help with various tasks. Walls were painted, vegetable gardens established, 25 brand new bunk beds were set up for the girls and groceries and clothing was delivered. We were truly blessed. THANK YOU!
Without the assistance of volunteers, Berea Hillbrow Home of Hope would not exist. We have such an amazing network of people who offer their skills and time and guide us where we don’t know and help us where we cannot. We are deeply grateful for each and every person who holds hands with us.
Many Acts of Kindness that empower the girls!
A group of volunteers work with the children and present life skills talks once a month on various topics. These topics include:- forgiving yourself, mindfulness, things you value the most and things you are grateful for. We can see the healing and the growth in the children who attend these sessions.
Zumba Dash came and did a Zumba dance session with the girls. Lots of fun, laughter and catch your breath moments.
A few girls attended a Christian Science Church lecture on “prayer for healing” in Randburg.
Some of the girls attended a yoga retreat weekend in Magaliesburg where they were taught about happiness, joy and forgiveness.
Two dozen children were treated to a visit to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown. They were able to explore, play games and experience science in quite a unique way.
Several of the girls attended a Johannesburg Junior Council self-defence course at St John’s. They were taught how to be vigilant and avoid danger and also how to defend themselves and avoid rape.
An entrepreneurial skills workshop was presented where the children learned about saving money and how to start your own small business.
A Place of Safety
Our policy is to protect the girls and their identities. With this in mind, we limit access to the houses and the girls. We know you understand.
And finally, as always, a huge and heartfelt thank you for your continued support. If we have not mentioned you in this edition of our new newsletter, please watch out for the next one as we share the developments at the homes.
With much love and deep appreciation, from Mam Khanyi and the girls.
If you are able to help
As a rule, trafficked children don’t have any form of paperwork. No birth certificate and no ID is the norm. To register the children and legitimise their existence is a massive undertaking. Mam Khanyi has been working with the relevant authorities to register the children but this is a full time job and the need for a full time social worker is desperate!
Our home in Cyrildene needs fire extinguisher advice. We estimate that we need one for the kitchen, one for each of the four bedrooms and one for the office but we are not 100% sure. We would appreciate some advice and guidance by people in the know.
Always welcome at Home of Hope:
Pre-paid electricity – sms the number to 073 250 2086
Groceries – especially bread
Phone: 011 025 8954