♥DECEMBER UPDATE 2014! ♥
For the past few weeks our Children have been enjoying their school holiday, which is almost coming to the end. Schools will reopen on 5th January, 2015.This is kind of exiting for most of them as they will be in the next grade in 2015.
As it is our custom to award deserving children for their excellent school performance, this is always done with an aim of encouraging them to continue working hard. The best Children were once again taken to Hungry Lion for Chicken and Chips and second best for ice cream. This time only one out of our 12 children went for ice cream, this means we had a 89% pass rate. It’s always our joy seeing them exceling in their education and to our partners who through their support have made it possible for these Children to attend school we say thank you!
December was Christmas season a time to share and thanks giving. Therefore, our Children made Christmas cards to various organisations and individuals as a way of saying thank you for their love and support they rendered to Kwathu Children`s Home throughout the year. The Children also attended a Christmas party at Sun International Livingstone which was held on 19th December.
The 24th December was a special day for the Kwathu Children; a family dinner was held, which included our visiting team from South Africa. The occasion was characterized of Christmas carols and poems presented by the Children and the Global Challenge team presented drama teaching about the birth of Jesus Christ. Besides, the Children also enjoyed delicious meal and were more excited when it was time for Christmas gift presentation. The atmosphere was filled with anticipation to unwrap their presents.
In addition on 25th December Christmas day, our Children were accompanied by our South African visitors and attended church service at our local Church bread of life international Livingstone. Later in the day, Christmas celebrations were underway at Kwathu Children`s Home and we all enjoyed the treaty of the typical South African braai which was done by our visiting team.
It was so special for the Kwathu family to having spent Christmas with the Global Challenge team who always visit Kwathu between June to July but decided to visit us this time and everyone present had such a great time. Few minutes just before ending the celebration Father Christmas presented some Kwathu gifts among the gift were keys for the bus which was very special and a big surprise Christmas present for the Children and everyone who attended the party. It was big surprise as the Children had no idea of what was going on, after the official presentation of the gift, the Children were taken for a drive. Wow! It was awesome.
Christmas reminds us of our special gift “the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ” it’s also a time of giving and receiving. During this time the Children at Kwathu took some time to make and cut lovely cards for the female inmates at Livingstone prisons and blessed them with Bibles as their Christmas gift. Thanks to Aunt Doreen who facilitated this and gave an orientation about life in prison for inmates.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Kabushi Bread of life Church all the way from Ndola, copperbelt province of Zambia. During their visit they blessed the Children with assorted food items, prayed with children and took time to learn more about the daily operations of the facility. Many thanks as well goes to Tandeka for the beautiful Christmas gifts for Kwathu and Global Challenge for their financial support towards the Christmas celebrations. We also thank the Graceklein community team were Natalie is currently working for their support. We are so thankful for the continued growing support from both the local and international community for their tireless efforts in bettering the lives of our dear Children.
Children mainly attended Church every Sunday and most importantly our Children actively participated in this year Children’s Sunday, which was held on 7th December, 2014 at our local Church Bread of life International Livingstone. This day was characterized of singing, dancing, drama and memory verses from the Children.
Through out this month we `ve had Tinie a lovely volunteer saving at Kwathu Children`s Home. During her stay Tinie mostly spent time with Children doing some outside games and facemask painting. As December is also a time for Christmas preparation and celebrations the Children also enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree,learnt how to cut and make trees out of paper margarines and more interesting they baked some lovely chocolate brownies.
Gods goodness is always present and evident to those who trust believe and wait upon him. By faith we have started building the foundation of our office block. So far trenches were dug, footing concrete poured and now foundation walls (the box) with concrete block are being laid. Hopefully by the end of January 2015 we will be finished with the concrete slab.
The main house is slowly taking shape, the only thing we are working on now is tiling the floor. We are confident that by the end of February, the house will be 100% ready to occupy. Thanks to Tandeka ev, Graceklein community, Hope builders, Bob and Marilyn, Global challenge, Ubuntu, Every nation Church in Augsburg and everyone else we couldn’t mention here for your support in building Kwathu Home. We are looking forward to walk this faith journey with you again this year. We are still in need of 2 orphan homes, 2 stuff houses, a classroom block for life skills training etc. All this will be possible with your continued support and encouragement. We are confident that God who started this work in us will accomplish it.
Please continue praying with us on these requests.
- Pray with us for financial support for the remaining stages on the house ( flooring, painting, and the doors)
- Please continue praying for Natalie who is currently in Alabama USA on a mission for Kwathu Children`s Home. She will be meeting Churches, Organization etc. under our partner Graceklein Community.
- Continue praying for courage, faith and understanding that we can accomplish the goals we set for Kwathu and that the children can live, grow and mature in Gods daily goodness and loving kindness. We thank you all for your continued love and support towards Kwathu Children’s Home and may the Lord continue to bless you! Psalm 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.
- We thank all our friends and partners for your prayers, donation and support of any kind to Kwathu