New Foster Mothers – Last July we were delighted to welcome Sindiswa Magabuko and Nosiphiwo Dineka to Khaya Lokukhanya. They are settling in really well and form a great team alongside Levia.
New Computer Room in KL – A secure, new computer room built at KL allows the children to study on the computers under supervision from the Foster Mothers.
Transfer of Thusananga Building – Last year a tribute to Maggie Thethelwa was organised by Bev Gush and KL in order to thank Maggie for the many years’ hard work she put into the Thusananga Home Based Care Organisation. The Building was handed over to KL and will be used as a Computer Literacy Centre (see below).
IKhaya Lethemba Computer Project – Plans are moving forward with the Computer Literacy Centre. Watch this space!
First Gift Aid received! – In October, our first Gift Aid was received from HMRC since we officially registered as a Charity with the UK Charities Commission. This enables up to 25% to be added onto any contributions and is already making a huge difference to the funds we can raise for KL.
Dipping our toes in the Indian Ocean – This January, tanks to Tersia’s great organising, 16 of the KL children went on life changing holiday to Port Edward in KwaZuluNatal’s South Coast. A fun-packed week included: kayaking, zip-lining, wall climbing, trips to banana farms, crocodile farms and a water park, beach olympics, raft building and a braving of those rolling waves! (This followed a wonderful trip in 2016 when the children went to the Thomas Baines Educational Centre in the Eastern Cape.) A big thank is due to Tersia for getting us all safely to and from KZN.
Fundraising Plans – In July of this year, Clare, Rob and Colin (Blythe) (who visited the project in 2008) are running the 100 kilometres RACE to the Stones in a day to raise funds for KL. Training has already started. It will be Rob’s first Ultramarathon, but Colin already knows the great beauty – and height! – of the mountains surrounding Barkly East, from when he ran the Skyrun there. Stand by for more posts on this!
Finally, a huge thank you to Martin Cornish Accountant in Rowland’s Castle in Hampshire who so kindly did our 2015-2016 accounts for free! And thank you Emma for connecting us with such a generous person!