An urgent Easter Appeal

by sandy on April 1, 2010

The three month old baby girl lying in the corner, lay listless. I stroked her perfect, tiny hand and with the little energy she had left, a smile flickered at the corner of her mouth.

In less than a month, these babies will still sleep on this same floor, a piece of old linoleum laid on the bare African soil. But the temperatures will have dropped and will continue to do so for winter in Soweto. I took this photograph yesterday, 30 March, 2010.

Scattered throughout Soweto, and all the informal settlements, are hundreds and hundreds of small creches like this fashioned out of whatever comes to hand, old window frames with no glass, stained carpet pieces, plywood, corrugated iron.

Our work is to get to as many as we can to wrap warm blankets around these babies and children, many of who are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS and most of who have lost or are losing their parents.

The squares are arriving abundantly. But we have outgrown our limited resources. We need a manager on the ground in South Africa. Someone who will organise DAILY, the sewing groups and distributions, who is familiar with the informal settlements and can source the networks to find these thousands of children. Ronda will always be involved in knit-a-square, but this is now an organisational role beyond that of the organic spread of volunteers; our wonderful family, their friends, church groups and our truly remarkable Sowetan volunteers.

We are serious about putting blankets around these children. About bringing joy to their sad eyes. About telling the world of their plight.

We know you are serious about sending us the knitted and crocheted squares to do this. But now we must ask you to help us further.

A membership concept to achieve our goal
We need to raise a minimum, to start, of $3000 a month to incorporate in South Africa, hire a part-time manager and some additional facilities outside of Ronda’s home and to achieve our common purpose in South Africa.

That is $3US a month from 1,000 of our 3,500 plus members. We would like to suggest that it becomes a membership fee, because that way you own what we are doing here as much as we all do. $36 per year is a small fee to pay to know that we are ALL achieving what we set out to do.

Our hope is to find a young enthusiastic and energetic South African who will, among other things, fund-raise here to cover other organizational costs. But we must have funds to do this.

PLEASE, respond to this plea. We need your help desperately. You can organize a recurring donation HERE (in the right hand column.

These children, and thousands like them, rely on us now to keep them warm through the glass-less windows this winter and for years to come.

Thank you for reading and considering this solution. We will be humbled by your response, but excited to know that we can go forward and warm our children.

Peace be with you this Easter, with love, Sandy

PS. We have made great progress opening squares over this week, Canada, Australia, half of the UK and South Africa. But the “wall” of the USA remains and we will tackle that on our return from CapeTown after Easter.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth April 2, 2010 at 02:14

Sandy – yet again, the mind boggles. The poverty is so extreme.

Pearl April 2, 2010 at 13:00

I answered the call and promised my small monthly donation. I am also back at making squares. The need is just so overwhelming that it’s like pushing a very large stone uphill.

Elizabeth Pickering April 8, 2010 at 11:15

I’ve had my friend helping me crochet squares, got about 30 to post. I’m all choked reading and seeing the poor children sleeping on the floor without any covers, you’re doing great work and hope more people will respond to KAS to help.

Lois Witchey June 16, 2010 at 14:53

Reading this post makes me realize just how blessed I am. I am going right now to schedule monthly payments which I hope will help. God Bless you and this organization for what they are doing for these poor children – God’s children.
Lois W.

Dawne June 18, 2010 at 12:37

Lois,
Rest assured your monthly contributions will help. Thank you for your support.

It is interesting, isn’t it, to look at the 2 realities; the one we live in and the other that the orphans live in. It tends to shift the perspective somewhat and suddenly we can see what we do have in surplus to share. Every donation adds up and we can all make a difference.

Thank you again Lois.

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