We cannot believe 3 months have passed since our first newsletter. The past three months have been great and we are growing and learning all the time.
Below are some of the recent highlights, and points to ponder.
The need for food parcel aid is large, and growing. The current focus is on our immediate surroundings, predominately helping those who attend newDAY church. Many have lost their jobs, or are working fewer hours on short time due to Covid -19. Others severely affected are senior citizens and homeless folk. We support a number of single moms, who are grateful for these parcels, making it easier to get through each month.
On a monthly basis, we provide newDAY church in Tembisa with 10 food parcels for their struggling congregants in these difficult times.
In the last 3 months we have distributed 278 parcels, making the year to date total 575. This is an average of almost 100 parcels monthly.
We are extremely grateful to our sponsors newday Church, and Rehumele Foundation who make this possible each month.
This project is going incredibly well! We have successfully yielded produce which was used to make soup to support a feeding scheme. We are trusting for bumper crops to be able to add some fresh items to our parcel from time to time.
A third garden site has been identified. The garden will be developed to support a home that hosts people, some have come off the street. The garden will be maintained by those living at the home. This will hopefully encourage the people
and contribute to their own livelihoods; whilst at the same time, give them something purposeful to do. They will reap the reward of their own work.
Winter Blanket Drive
During May, we collected blankets and beanies. These were given to some homeless and less fortunate individuals in the Edenvale area. To date 63 blankets and 25 beanies have been handed out. 12 blankets were given to a partnering PBO for newly released ex-offenders that they assist for the first 3 months after release.
Motebong Creche in Tembisa had closed for many months last year, due to lack of support and funds. Currently they have 16 children that they take care of. We visit monthly, and provide them with items they desperately need. These include porridge, apples, mince, rice, maize, sanitiser and face masks.
We also donated carpet tiles and glue for the classroom floor which was ice cold concrete. In addition we gave them a temperature gage and second hand toys (mostly Smile), games and books. We are always met with smiles and songs by these amazing children.
Rehumele foundation partner with Revive PBO helping in feeding the homeless of Edenvale. We are able to supply the meal for this outreach every 5 weeks and have fed 183 people over the last 3 months. Our next outreach is 17 July and this meal will consist of chicken soup and a roll, we will be catering for 100 meals.
Manor Community Church
This outreach is for families living on the outskirts of Alexandra Township that Manor community support with monthly food parcels, as well as a Sunday school lessons and activities for the children. We are privileged to be a part of this for the winter months by subsidising their food parcels, and going along for support.
Toys, games, pairs of school shoes, and knitted baby sets that were donated to us have been distributed among these families.
Two ladies in this community sell clothes to make their monthly living. Rehumele have been able to donate some second hand clothing to them in support of their business.
Jars of Hope
These are a big hit and with some volunteers we have made 125 bottles that either go with our local food parcels or to Tembisa.
Epworth Children’s Village
They made an appeal for help as they were not getting government grants; they house 66 children in various houses on their property. Most children come from abusive situations. Rehumele made funds available for us to buy and drop off
some basic essentials just until the grants were released. So amazing to meet these people and see the incredible work they do.
Hope @ Hand Headquarters
The building is finished! Furnishings complete and we have moved in! A huge thank you to Ben & Rita Visagie, also Mac & Anneke Muller for all their support and contributions. We are excited to have storage room for our groceries. A freezer, fridge to store our perishables and lots of work space to pack parcels, chop vegetables or do whatever needs to be done.