December 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Siphila Sonke,

It’s only a few weeks until Christmas and as the year draws to a close, we are extremely grateful for the wonderful support we have enjoyed this year.

In particular, we would like to thank the Wright Memorial Trust for their generous donation that enabled us to erect a good fence and a proper gate around the Imizamo Church complex and to level and re-grass the Kids Club Playground. Despite all the rain this work was completed during July and August.  The children in the community now have a safe green area to play in, and both ABBA and Siphila Sonke make regular use of this lawn for various outdoor activities.

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The fence has secured the area, which has prompted us to move our vegetable garden from the late Suzie Adonis’ house to the office.  With the help of Liz Henderson, who grows seedlings for us, this garden is now growing well and we hope that our three garden beneficiaries will be able to reap a good harvest soon.

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Beneficiaries working in the ‘relocated’ vegetable garden

Lucinda Petersen, our new Kids Club co-ordinator has settled in and these clubs continue to be a success. Our annual Christmas Party and prize giving is around the corner and we are busy preparing a special programme with the kids for this event.

Our annual Open Gardens fundraiser took a slightly different form this year – Siphila Sonke hosted 4 days at the Elgin United Church where volunteers and staff sold teas, lunches and other refreshments.  A special acknowledgement to the EUC for allowing us to use their facilities and to everyone who helped and/or made donations.

We are very proud of Mrs Amsterdam, one of our Support Group women, who successfully took on the challenge and made 30m of bunting for the above event, thus earning extra money for her family.

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Open Gardens fundraiser at EUC – hard work, but fun!

Mrs  September  completed a sewing course at Siphila Sonke during 2012. She also made aprons which were sold at the Open Gardens event.Siphila Sonke is helping   her with the promotion of her skills.

Our Food Parcel service continues ‘come hail or shine,’ and our loyal volunteers never fail to pitch!  It is always a pleasure to meet everyone each month.  A big thank you to Houw Hoek Farm Stall, Andre Du Toit and Marianna, and Carien Cherry who donate fresh soup to include with the parcels every month and also to Nicole Precoudis who provides us with a nutritious parcel of meat on a monthly basis.  The number of food parcel beneficiaries is peaking again and we are delivering more than 62 parcels and feeding up to 173 people each month (as a food parcel usually benefits the household.)

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Meeting and collecting food parcels at the office and then delivering to beneficiaries

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we sometimes receive thank you letters from beneficiaries – below is an extract from one received recently….

I want to thank the staff of Siphila Sonke for supporting my family with the food-hamper they have sent to my house. I never knew there were people who care, my son has recovered from his sickbed thanks   to   the   soup   and   vegetables   and   food.   The   food   hamper   made   a   huge   impact in our home. It was like a light shining through in our darkest hour…

As usual, our last food parcel of the year will be delivered early and will include a Christmas bucket of food.   We have buckets for this purpose available at the office – if you and your family would like to fill a bucket, please contact Rachelle.

The  office  will  be  closed  from  23  December  2013  and  re-opens  early  January  2014.

We wish you and your families a very blessed festive season.

Download our  December 2013 Newsletter here.