As a result of the water released from Eikenhof Dam to the City of Cape Town recently, Pick n Pay decided to say thank you by donating to various NGO’s and Welfare organisations in Grabouw and Elgin – Siphila Sonke included!
This was truly a tremendous gift to the struggling organisations and appreciated greatly by all.
We managed to supply very generous Food Parcels in March from these donations. There is still some produce left that will supplement next months Food Parcels as well as going towards our Soul Food camps and Kids Club holiday outing.
We are again fortunate, due to funding received for this purpose, to be able to support two more children to Grabouw High School (a fee paying school). Jason Sass (Gr8) and Jason Louw (Gr4) are joining Vuyelwa Shumi (Gr6) and Lorenzo Carelse (Gr7), who started at Grabouw High School last year, 2016. All these children come from our informal settlement and we are privileged to be able to influence their lives positively.
The joy of Christmas!! Once again we were fortunate to receive over 130 Christmas Shoeboxes that we were able to distribute to both the children of the Kids Club as well as those of our beneficiaries. Father Christmas once again came (this time with the help of the elf) to visit and we were entertained by the children. A big thank you to Lien & Dume for putting it all together.
Apart from providing the “normal” monthly food parcels it is always a joy to be able to give that little bit extra over the Christmas time and be rewarded by the smiles of gratitude that are received from the beneficiaries. We calculated that 70 buckets would be needed – AND exactly 70 were provided !! So thank you for providing the produce, money and buckets loaded to the brim, and to all those who came and volunteered to hand them out with the food parcels on the Tuesday 13th December 2016, it is gratifying to know that we can rely on your support!
During a recent visit in one section of Waterworks, Linda & Bev came upon Matsepang who was one of our beneficiaries in 2011. Matsapang was a single (separated) mother of four who has come out of a very abusive relationship and was very ill with T.B. She came to the attention of Siphila Sonke when she had been released from hospital having suffered a collapsed lung from her TB. She was extremely weak, absolutely destitute and forced to leave her marital home with her children.
Since then she has recovered from her illness and Matsepang is now the principal of “Masiphumelele Edu Care Centre” and looks after over 38 children from 3 – 5 years. Matsepang’s health has recovered and she is doing well, giving back to the community.
In a letter from her in November 2016 she expresses her gratitude to Siphila Sonke for all the care and assistance provided which helped her family survive during the difficult times when she was sick. Her eldest son completed his Matric last year and she says that the other children are very happy and doing well at school.
Siphila Sonke once again hosted a tea garden under the oaks at Francie and Alistair Moodie’s Eikenhof farm garden as well as serving lunches and teas at Elgin United Church. We really are very grateful for Eikenhof, Fairholme and Lothian Vineyards for opening their gardens for Siphila Sonke. We really do appreciate all the work that is put in to making your gardens so beautiful every year and coping with the influx of all the people over the two weekends.
Also we would like to thank Elgin United Church once again for the use of their facilities to offer lunches and teas over this Open Garden weekends. We are indeed fortunate to have access to these beautiful gardens and to all those who helped make this a success – THANK YOU!!
The first camp, of hopefully many more, was held on the weekend of the 7th to 9th October at “Kogelberg Farm Hostel”. This was aimed at girls from the community between the ages of 13-18yrs. They all come from homes with huge social problems and find it difficult to cope, some falling victim to teenage pregnancy and substance abuse, and some just dropping out of school. This was a joint venture by ACVV, Soul Food Harmony, Right to Care and Siphila Sonke. Special thanks must go to all who helped this happen. Although the weather was chilly the girls soon settled down, made new friends and had somebody to listen to and give them guidance.
The camp, a dream of Lynette de Bruyn-Davids from Soul Food Harmony, was led and facilitated by Lynette who quickly gained the trust and respect of the girls. She is a remarkable woman with a great passion for the community and its children. When asked where she got the training to be able to work (and cope) her answer is simple – GOD given. As can be imagined the stories of abuse and hopelessness are very traumatic to the person counseling and this could be seen on Saturday afternoon when visiting there.
It is important that we must now not lose the trust and interaction with the girls and need to build on this and the decision was made that follow-up meetings with these girls will be held every second month. The first of which will be on Friday 2nd December 2016 at the Baptist Church from 4-9 pm.