- Published: Thursday, 10 December 2009 10:16
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So here it is – the monthly biannual newsletter!
We’re very sorry, there has been an unbelievable amount of good stuff happening at Lula Isandla since we last wrote to you, but unfortunately there has been lots going on in our lives as well, so apologies for the lack of contact!
Anyway, despite the volume of info that we have for you, we know that the real trick of telling you stories, is to tell them quickly, succinctly and without much ado!!
So here we go:
Section 1: Overview
Section 2: Project activities
Section 3. Children who benefited thus far
Section 4: Story from your project
Section 5: Key Results
Section 6: Comments
Section 7: Achievements
Section 8: Challenges
Section 9: Closure
I thought you may all be interested in this..........
Today I delivered to Lula-Isandla the following ;
We had a wonderful day on Tuesday, an educational trip was organised to QEP (Queen Elizabeth Park), headquarters of KZN Wildlife.
We hired 3 buses for the 170 people, children and adults. Starting from the Educational Centre a long human ‘snake’ walked along the first trail in the searing heat down to the lovely picnic site; lots of space under huge shady trees, picnic spots, water and loo’s. After some refreshments, the older children and some adults went on the next trail through the indigenous bush while the little ones stayed behind, playing games in the shade.
What a year.
It’s been just under a year since we first went with Mum to visit Fakazile at the Zenzeleni Community Center in Mpophomeni. Now, almost 12 months on, the team is feeding 175 kids, 3 times a week. Remember it started with 30 kids about this time last year but the needs in that area are huge. The family hardships that have to be endured are mind-blowing and the manner in which the community gathers round with their own generally very meager resources to comfort and help where they can is immensely heart warming. Lula Isandla’s contribution, including a heavy load borne by the volunteers at the Zenzeleni Community Centre being cooks, listeners, somebody to hug and wipe away the tears, organisers, teachers, substitute mothers and fathers, and playmates, goes a small way towards making life more bearable for the children and give some small hope for their future. Lula Isandla volunteers also help with counselling and have arranged several functions for the kids.
Youth Day - 16th of June 2008
Youth day presented an appropriate day for a fun run at Lula Isandla. After the tremendous effort of 12 000 slightly deranged people who ran up from Durban to Maritzburg on the Sunday in the Comrades marathon, the Lula Isandla run tempered the distance to accommodate the youngsters of Mpophemeni and the visiting Johnstons. Bongingkosi led the marshalling team, making sure that none of the approximately 100 runners meandered off the route, and that the taxis and cars drove appropriately in the vicinity of such an event. The under 10s ran a slightly shorter route much to the relief of Mandy who was their chosen marshal. The walk back proved far easier than the 200 bolt that children are wont to do.