Volunteer Works 25th – 31st October 2015

Teamonarrival-1The final team of volunteers arrived in South Africa on Sunday 24th October.

The team are Noel Sweeney, Kevin Rodwell, John Harrison and Iolo Morgan Jones from Mears. Lorraine Maddy and John Charlton are from other industries as are John Keyes and Carmen St John who are return volunteers from last year.

 

 

 

WelcomefromWinnieMabasokids-1The children at Winnie Mabaso gathered together to welcome us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmenand littlegirlSunday25th-1Carmen sharing her sunglasses with the little girl everyone wants to adopt. She is 5 years old and has been through a lot health wise but you would never know given how happy and loving she is!

 

 

 

 

 

Lunchingarden25Oct-1Lunch was provided in their garden which was wonderful. A great start to the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The team continue to decorate and bring up to standard the toilet block. Today we were joined by the daughter of the owners where we were staying in Plaaskombois. Marinique is 18 years old and enjoyed spending the day helping the team.

A great girl who was really helpful and a delight to work with.

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Kevin and Iolo painting at Amazing Grace…

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At the end of their working day, the team that were at Winnie Mabaso joined the team at Amazing Grace John Harrison, Lorraine (with her little helpers), Noel and John Charlton helped out with the painting of Amazing Grace Toilet block.

 

At Amazing Grace, in the boys shower block, from this…

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To this – the completed boys shower block; a great transformation.

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Noel enjoying a hug with Grace on completion.

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And again at Amazing Grace, in the girls shower block, from this at the start of the week….

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To the end result……

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With Grace enjoying the new shower curtains!

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Volunteers working flat out to get the shower and toilet blocks completed at Amazing Grace before the end of the week.

Below Neil, along with 7 other volunteers from the Johannesburg stock exchange joined us for the day to help out which was great for them to do so.

Noel, John Keyes and John Charlton continued to paint a very porous brick wall in high temperatures.

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Noel had the cooler but not necessarily the better option of working inside the toilets!!

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And outside at Amazing Grace..

From this…

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To this the end result after a week of hard work in temperatures in excess of 30 degrees. Great work and a great feeling of achievement.

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The work at Winnie Mabaso continues beyond the Children’s Home.

Here is just one of their extended projects, feeding the neighbouring squatter camps every Friday. They feed in excess of 300 children, women and men. They also provide clothes and assist them with growing their own vegetables so that they can feed themselves as well.

Fantastic work, kindness and generosity. The team assisted them on the last day – a very moving experience.

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