So many crazy/awesome/amazing things have been happening, and we are sadly behind in updating you! Let me catch you up on all the goings-on:
Over the last several months we have been able to take several suitcases of Craft Hope donations as well as some handmade stuffed toys from Maryvale Preparatory School to our kids in Soweto. We packed (i.e. shoved, crammed, squished, and smashed) over 250 washable pads, hats, scarves, handmade quilts and plush toys into several suitcases and off they flew! The kids were so pleased with their new toys and beautiful bedding. The staff was awed by the thoughtfulness and generosity. Thank you so much to each of you who spent your time and energy making these things for our kids.
The gift of washable sanitary napkins for our girls means that they are able to continue their education and move closer to defeating the cycle of poverty and hopelessness.
In other news, a new road is going in! WHAT!?! That’s right! A paved schmancy road! No more jaw-breaking, back-wrecking potholes…well, at least for the last part of the drive up to the school ;). We received word that the main road leading to the school property is being built as we speak. This will allow us to keep the school open during the worst of the rainy season. YAY!
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That’s right – a library has been built above the kitchen. We are told it is a lovely, well-lit, open room. I cannot wait to start filling it with books! This has been a longtime dream of Pastor Samuel’s.
Turns out the new property is as lush as we had hoped. Several plantings have been tested, and we are happy to report that everything is growing well! Beans are the latest crop. This has also been a fabulous, hands-on learning experience for our older children.