South Africa 2013

Monday 14th October

The team have been painting children’s bedrooms and rebuilding the ceiling so the kids have a safer and more comfortable place to sleep.

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Tuesday 15th October

Everyone joined JHC on the roof top of one of their tower blocks to help build a garden for tenants followed by coaching children soccer skills.  

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Wednesday 16th October

Team 1 Day three started a little sluggish after the birthday celebrations of Olga the night before. Sore heads seem in fashion – must be the sunshine and the food. The usual excellent driving of the bus by Bob is always a quick jolt to sobering up. The intellectual team …

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Sunday 20th October

Team 2 Arrival day – We all arrived safely after a long and tiring flight only to be greeted by heavy rain and lower temperatures than in the UK! We were met at the airport by the local driver, builder, organiser and all round odd jobber Bob Holt. He is …

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Monday 21st October

Day 1 fully rested after a good nights sleep the team are ready to go. As the heavens opened and the rain came down in full pelt, we thought we may have to abandon our plans for outdoor work at Zenzelene. As we arrived at the orphanage a glimmer of …

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Tuesday 22nd October

We spent the afternoon at a Johannesburg Housing Company complex in downtown Jo’burg. The children had mothers and some had fathers still present in there lives but very little else. Where ever possible the parent might find work to be able to feed themselves only. If the parent is working …

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Wednesday 23rd October

2 of us went into the community to meet some of the families of the children that attend the near by school, with some of care staff that work their. I met 2 families on our visit into the community. The first was a single mother living in a tiny …

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Thursday 24th October

Another interesting day. This time, assisted in the preparation of school dinner for over 400 children at one of the local schools. This meal is of vital importance since for many it may be their first and last meal for the day. At lunch time a well balanced meal of …

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Friday 25th October

The last day and the contrast in weather from the 1st day could not have been more different. Beautiful sunshine with temperatures reaching 28 degrees. We are off to Sithabile which is the Mears orphanage . We have had some fun and interesting moments during the trip but I do …

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