Knit-a-square visits a creche in Kliptown

by Dawne on February 19, 2011

Knit-a-square’s visit to Kliptown Shack Settlement is a very powerful story needing to be told. As it is an important story I must let the telling unfold rather than rush through it in one huge post. Today I am bringing you part of the story, the light in the darkness. My focus is on the beautiful children and their experience in the creche at the Kliptown Community Center.

It must be a bittersweet experience every time our South African team distribute blankets and garments. On the one hand they know they are giving a gift of warmth and love to children who desperately need it. On the other… well, let’s just say they don’t have the luxury of wearing rose colored glasses! Day in and day out they see orphaned children living in dire circumstances and yet they never waiver from their mission. Being confronted with such harsh reality seems to inspire our team to be even more tireless in their efforts.

I imagine the warm welcome the children give during creche visits is indeed a balm to the soul. I don’t think I would be strong enough, there on the ground, to get the job done without crying all the time. Even the sweetest moments, such as the children in Kliptown singing in the video below, would move me to tears. This video clip is absolutely priceless and has reminded me very strongly that the power to experience joy lies within each of us – no matter our circumstances.

Hee Ha Ha Ha Ha!

Ronda and team arrived just after lunch time. As a result she was able to snap some very dear pictures of them during nap time that I just had to share with you all.

Please watch this space. In a few days I’ll share some of the creche’s history and a bit about the women who make it all possible and some of the obstacles they face. I have photos of Kliptown Shack Settlement to share as well. The photos are likely to break your heart but they need to be seen.

Until next time, keep those needles and hooks moving!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam Antink February 20, 2011 at 12:26

This intelligent article reminds us of that quote from Helen Keller : Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming it.

Thanks Dawne, I’ll be checking in each day for another instalment.

Kalai February 22, 2011 at 03:05

Beautiful post Dawne, looking forward to the next installment x x x

Sue Gillman February 26, 2011 at 04:32

I am looking forward to the next installment. What a delightful song the children are singing. They are very cute and it is like having personal contact with them.

Dawne February 28, 2011 at 17:36

I agree Sue – these children are cute, absolutely precious!

Kathryn Senior May 4, 2011 at 15:05

Have knitted all my life but never with such love and purpose at least one square a day. Love to all xxx

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