I’ve been home now for almost a month. It’s hard to believe, it feels like a lifetime ago and yesterday all at the same time.
When Pauline and I decided to go back this summer we had a plan to try to make a more lasting difference in the township. Thanks to all you wonderfully generous people we were able to raise a considerable amount of money and were able to do everything on our list and more!
Here is a breakdown of everything we were able to buy and do with your money.
First on the list were new nap cots. In case you forgot, here’s what the old ones looked like:
We bought new soft, easy to clean, educational mats for the small kids crèche.
We fixed new first aid kids for the crèche and a portable one for the volunteers to take on the weekends.
It was put to good use more times than we wanted.
We bought educational materials like books, puzzles, number boxes, flash cards, etc.
We bought beads to make jewellery with the orphans and the creche kids
We even bought boxes to organize the educational materials and arts and crafts materials for the volunteers to take back and forth.
And we bought a new, lockable cabinet to store all the new materials in.
We bought musical instruments for the small crèche kids.
We bought diapers, cleaning supplies, water dispensers, toilet paper and hand sanitizer and other random small purchases here and there
We bought fruit at least once a week for both the crèche kids and the orphans
So we ate pizza
Had milkshakes for dessert
We saw Inside Out 3D and we even treated the kids to a kiddie popcorn and drink special.
We were also able to convince the bumper car people to give the orphans a free ride.
We threw a birthday party for the twins and Sindisewe complete with cupcakes, juice, balloons and presents!
We paid these guys in hamburgers to clean out the old crèche shack
We paid these guys a total of 240 rand (8 guys a full days labor for less than $25/150kr total) to tear down the old shack
When we arrived we were disappointed by the standard of the new building. The roof leaked and the building had already gone way over budget so there was no money left and there was nothing being done to fix it until we came along
We bought metal siding and roofing to aid with the leaking problem and paid for the additional materials labor costs to get it done.
We paid for a fourth teacher’s salary for July, August and September. And gave bonuses to the hardworking Chrisalene and Salina.
My mom armed me with enough toothbrushes for all the orphans, crèche kids and neighborhood kids.
My parents also completely sponsored my ridiculous little mermaid themed birthday party at the Lion Park with the crèche kids including my cake, face painting for the kids, goodie bags, lunch, snacks, decorations and food for the kids to feed the animals.
The presents the kids got were from Pauline’s donation boxes shipped down by her colleagues at svenska spel.
I had some donated games with me as well to play on the weekends
We bought Agnes a new stove so she didn’t have to cook all the food for the crèche and the orphans on these two tiny burners.
Norrmans Skor AB sent some shoes and sponsors all of Nicholas’ education costs every year.
We bought paint to paint the new cupboards for the new building
We purchased cement, wood, paint and other miscellaneous materials to get the new playground done.
It’s still a work in progress since the weather has not cooperated with the painting schedule but Hanna and Alicia assure us it’ll be done before they leave. I got these update photos from yesterday
With the leftover money we will be paying for the twins, Cameron and Camerondean’s education costs for the schoolyear beginning in January. This includes all school fees, transportation, uniforms and shoes, books and material for the year.
Thank you so much for all your support!
If you still want to help out, I’ve opened the online fundraiser again to get the funds for Emanuel’s school expenses.
You can donate via this link:
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Glöm inte om min fotoutställning, The Children of the Township, Revisited nu på lördag 12 september under Kulturnatten Uppsala på Bergströms Skor. Östra Ågatan 29 kl. 10.00-16.00
And here is the link again to my video summary, in case you missed it!