In July 2009, Cedarwood College a special needs school ‘adopted’ knit-a-square, in as much as their whole school community produced a staggering 4,000 squares in just under 5 weeks.
At the time, we were enjoying the first avalanche of arriving post as a result of the article in the Lion Brand ezine. Anyone involved in packing up even 100 squares will empathise with the massive volume represented by 4,000 squares. Ronda turned to Oliver Quambasch of Hotel Hope, who with his boundless enthusiasm for embracing a challenge, immediately agreed to take them.
His work had introduced him to the ‘dump families’ – 56 people, men, women and children who survived by foraging for food and items among the rubbish, on the main municipal dump in Johannesburg.
Previously, he had wondered aloud to Ronda if we could provide him with enough squares for blankets for these people, and here was the perfect fit, enough squares for blankets for all members of the dump families.
It took a while, but recently Oliver wrote to Ronda:
Greetings in his precious name. We were able last week to distribute knitted blankets and hats as well as food to the recyclers on the rubbish dump. While, Im not as good a photographer as you are, I hope that the photos speak for themselves.
And they do, eloquently, about the tenacity of the human spirit and how we can all reach out square by square to make a difference.
CedarWood College community, (who have just over-reached themselves again by producing another 4,000 squares – what a wonderful contribution), should be rightfully proud of their part in this group effort to bring some comfort to these people, living under such difficult cirmcumstances.
Oliver has been generous in his support of KAS and Ronda, offering her the services of John who works for him, as a courier to collect the parcels on a weekly basis and deliver them to her home, saving her hours in time and reducing the physical load of her work. We are hugely thankful to them both for this contribution to KAS. More recently, he has agreed to store the deliveries whenever the family are away, so that we can be assured of the parcel’s safety and until the resulting backlog is cleared.
But as his letter highlights below, it is to you the contributors to KAS to whom the real thanks are owed.
Dear Ronda and everyone at Knit-A-Square,
Thank you for your donation of a large bag of beautifully knitted beanies, blankets and vests as well as soft toys to Hotel Hope Ministries. Your contribution makes a great difference in the lives of those we care for, orphaned and abandoned children and pregnant mothers in crisis, mainly in the Alexander area.
We have recently partnered with ALHarvest, a Christian organisation in Pretoria who care for women working as prostitutes who would like to leave the profession. We assist them in looking after ladies who have fallen pregnant on the job, but are willing to carry their babies full term and give them up for adoption.
Currently we are looking after two ladies, whose babies are due in September. Please join us in prayer that we will find loving families for these two children and that soul ties will be broken. Thank you again for your generosity. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you. In His service,
Oliver Quambusch Founder Hotel Hope Ministries – short-term interventions – long-term results