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World Clean Up Day

Saturday was World Clean-Up Day.

And we at Lula Isandla took to the streets of Mpophomeni again - we spent the first week of the holidays cleaning up around and about the centre, sorting the rubbish for re-cycling with Wildlands as part of our Eco-School Environmental Club activities.

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The Bryanston Organic Market

Bernie and Lee have taken up the mantle of arranging for the points of sale for the good that the Vukuza Mama's create. (Have a look at the Things to buy... section.) One of the places that they have found is the Bryanston Organic Market. Go have a look at the website, and also have a look at the pictures below to see what's on offer!

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The Lions of Howick

There are many organisations who contribute to the causes in our country; and many of them go unnoticed, sailing below the radar but continuously pegging away and doing 'good by others'. The Lions is one of these initiatives.

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Football at Lula Isanlda

The World Cup has come and gone, and Lula Isandla was involved!!! Football is obviously a sport accessible to all, and is a favourite in Africa. Lula Isandla not only got involved with the games at the stadia across the country, but also with some intense matches at LI.

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Lubunjwa Luseve in May

I was concerned for their wellbeing over such a long break so we started a youth club in late May, and were busy busy busy! We collected rubbish around Mpophomeni, lots of it, which we then 'sold' to an environmental organisation called 'Wildlands' which has started waste procurement. You earn points and mostly its exchanged for food. We did that the first week and donated it to the Vukuza Mamas as a thank you for all they do for the children. The next weeks' collections were banked, we have still to decide what to do with it,either school shoes, uniforms etc or another trip to Umgeni Valley nature reserve under the guidance of Eco School which we have joined. They loved collecting the garbage, came back to the centre straining under the loads of mostly bottles, or hung around waiting for me to come in the bakkie and then have a ride back to the centre, and then played and played and played. The soccer players were banished back out of the centre as we had a few broken windows! The last week was a 'workshop' run by A Rocha, an international Christian-based environmental organisation here. They had bible stories relating to the creation and its care, games, projects, singing, planted 2 trees etc etc etc. As I said, busy but much fun in a safe place.

Wonderful news!

We had an absolutely fantastic response to the appeal for more funding. So much so that we have no need to panic at feeding 250 hungry children daily. They are all in good form, larger, bigger appetites, not surprising really as its going on for three years since we started. All this time of having 'good grub' prepared by the Mamas is paying dividends.

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May 2010

The good news!

We have 247 registered children, on average we feed 210 per day, it is all working very well; daily we see happy bouncy cheerful relaxed children. We are acknowledged and recognised in the community as a very worthwhile cause and accepted with gratitude, for humanitarian reasons, and also for self-interest, a possible glue sniffer/criminal (to mask the pain of hunger and abandonment), is being helped to travel a different road.

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Food - AND clothes

Fakazile and I always thought the very existence of Lula Isandla would have wonderful knock-on benefits for these vulnerable children; coming to a safe centre, monitored by caring Vukuza Mamas means they can get that extra bit of help. What follows illustrates this:

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Christmas 2009

2009 was another great year for Lula Isandla. The number of children arriving everyday is reaching 250. It is really fantastic. It also great how many people are still involved in contributing. It is very emotional. Here are some picture of the festivities on Christmas Day.

The Happenings - Dec 2009

I have just returned from the Zenzeleni Centre and have this to share with you all.

Re: Sony Ericsson Visit

From an adult, said solemnly, “Those are good people, very good people, to come so far to us."

From a child, bouncing with glee, “We had such a big party and played and played and played.”

From me ‘It was a wonderful day, such excitement such happiness. Our thanks to Sony Ericsson for making the great trek, for the braai, for cooking and serving it all, for the gifts, for the interaction."

What happened: Over 200 little people with 35 big people playing games, soccer, frisbee, skipping, running, jumping, piggy backs, shoulder rides and swinging round and round and round. It looked like a cricket oval at the lunch time break.

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