I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who so generously helped towards our 2013 Orphan Christmas party that was hosted on the 7th & 8th December 2013. That event seems like a life-time away already! So much has happened in 2014, this is going to be an incredible year. We have really started picking up momentum over the last few years of perseverance and we are moving ahead at great speed towards making a real difference in our country.
Christmas party with Youtube clip
One week before our Christmas party we had less then a quarter of what we needed. It was so incredible to see miracle after miracle as the gifts, food, party packs and the money needed for uniforms poured in every day leading up to our parties. And what an incredible success they were. God is so faithful! Every year just keeps getting better and better. Our orphans walked off with their stationary, Christmas presents, food and party packs, literally all they could carry! What an incredible success. There are so many of you to thank for making this all possible! You can diarize this year's party on the 6th and 7th December 2014.
Thank-you so much to everyone who donated towards our Christmas party. I can promise you that every single cent made a difference. With the money raised, we were able to buy school uniforms for 425 of our poorest orphans. We were clever this year and were able to streamline the process by hiring big busses and taking 200 orphans at a time to the uniform shop that opened only for us on Sundays. This saved us weeks and weeks of work!
New orphan families
In January we registered 38 new families with 95 orphans. This takes our total number of orphans supported up to 1699 in 738 families. We have 333 of them with an income of less then R1500 per month supporting an average of 8 people. Of these families we have 55 families earning less then R500 per month.
We have received a wonderful grant from Rotary International to furnish and equip our new IT homework centre. We have received 20 computers from Seattle, along with installing satellite internet, a smart board and a solar system to run the centre. Along with daily homework support for our orphans, we will be running free computer courses for the community and focusing on improving the grade 10 to 12s Maths and Science marks.
We have just received a donation towards building our safe house at our new centre which we will start building in March. On completion of this building, we will have a staff member living on site and our support centre will be open 24 hours a day. This safe house will be used to temporarily accommodate our orphans in crisis situations.
Our feeding scheme continues to grow as we get the regular funds coming in to purchase food parcels to support our most desperate families.
We have started our weekly sewing courses with 7 grandmothers finding great joy in learning to use a sewing machine. They were ecstatic with their pillowcases they made in their first lesson last week.
Early Childhood Development
Please keep us in your prayers as I go on Friday, 14 February, to meet the Premier of KZN's wife, Mrs Thandeka Mchunu, the mayor of the uThungulu District, which the two municipalities we work into fall under. We are focused on collaborating with government to be able to replicate and spread the model of our work nationally. We need to give every single one of the millions of orphans in this country a chance to make a good life for themselves, to add value to our beautiful country.
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Our annual orphan Christmas party will be held this weekend on the 7th and 8th December 2013. With only days to go, we are seriously holding of the panic as presents and donations have come in really slowly this year. We are incredibly grateful to those that have really gone out of their way to help but over the next couple of days, we desperately need those that still can, to help us bring the light of love and joy to these desperately poor and orphaned children.
List of needs:
First National Bank
8 Smith Street
Izulu Orphan Projects
Cheque Account (Non-Profit)
Acc No: 62094657908
BIC/Swift address: FIRNZAJJXXX
Thanks so all the volunteers we have coming. The weather looks cool which will be a real blessing.
Have a great Christmas everybody. Keep our party in your prayers.
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To all you wonderful friends, and friends of friends. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know how our fight against the orphan crisis is going this year. We took on another 137 orphans in January, taking our numbers up to 1601 orphans in 697 families. We have bought school uniforms for 454 of our poorest orphans, thanks to Foskor, Horizon International and Dickinson Marketing.
We are feeding 180 families a month, thanks to Spar Group, Horizon International, Msizi Africa and a few private monthly donors. We are excited as we have almost completed our first orphan community soup kitchen to move towards feeding our orphans daily.
We are supporting, mentoring and supplying educational toys to 23 daycares, thanks mainly to Bell Equipment, NCT Forestry, Jubane Petroleum and Leomat Construction. We have painted a daycare using high school volunteers from Saudi Arabia. We have also built a veranda onto a daycare which we finished building last year.
We have built a house for our most poorest family.
Our first Crisis Support Centre is almost at a stage where we will be able to move our main offices to in July. This centre is the first of 5. This move will be taking the support we give these desperate children to a whole new level.
A huge thanks to Round Table in Austria and Empangeni for getting our centre this far.
We are continuing with teaching our orphans' grandmothers skills, crafts and bible study.
We are getting into the schools, teaching children to read English, and leading assemblies to motivate and bring fun to all our rural children, as well as the disabled in our area.
We are distributing wheelchairs where needed. Our last gogo even arrived in a wheelbarrow!
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We thank Horizon International who get individual American families to sponsor children, of which we have 67 at present. Our numbers of sponsored orphans continue to increase.
A couple of our board members, Dave and Cathy Meintjes, are now running a weekly church service for our families. After church fun:
And some very exciting news, our brightest orphan, Sinqobile Khumalo has been fully sponsored by Bell Equipment for the last 5 years at Grantleigh School. She is now in her final year, university, here she comes! I had the honour of taking her grandmother to the matric dance. We were so proud! Her grandmother had the absolute night of her life!!! :-)
Shelley managed to promote our work once this year, which we don't normally get time to do, GO SHELLEY!! :-)
Our Health Builders have been trained by Zoe Life to run the IACT program. These are counselling sessions for people living with or affected by HIV.
We really want to thank everyone, there are so many of you, for the continuous flow of donations. All our families are categorised on how desperate they are, so we make sure all your donations go exactly where they are needed.
And a huge thanks to our small base of monthly donors who are so faithful to us. Without you, there is no ways we could continue to help these thousands of desperate people.
Our final news is that this year's Annual Orphan Christmas Party will be held on the 7th and 8th of December and we will be catering for 3800 orphans and carers. We will be forming a committee this year as these parties are getting so big and are absolutely crucial to our systems running successfully the following year.
Please visit our Facebook page to keep updated on our progress:
If you would like to help us in our fight to reach more and more orphans, our vision is all of rural South Africa, then Africa, please visit our webpage for our banking details or to donate online:
Thank-you all so much for your time. Prayers are so necessary and always welcome :-)
Bless you all.
Kate Bain and the IOP team.