Thank you for making such a difference in the lives of not just the children we serve but also their parents! Through your support, we have created 28 Self Help Groups, with approximately 20 ladies in each group. So that is 560 Families, who are the poorest of the poor, are now able to feed their families properly, no longer once a day, no longer carbohydrate-loaded foods, but nutritious, healthy food which will build healthy bodies.
We held a celebration day on the 9th of December, they dressed up in their finest traditional clothes and the day was wonderful. They were all so proud of having saved up and attended this Christmas Party, their first one ever. Trophies were handed out to the best groups according to their book-writing skills, and the monies that were saved. This spurred all the groups to perform even better in 2023.
The groups that were formed in 2021 were seen as the big sisters by the new 22 groups of 2022 and of course the ones to beat in 2023. This competitiveness will assist all the groups to perform and excel in the years to come.
I wish you could have seen the joy on their faces and experienced the excitement of the day. The ladies all contributed money to buy lunch, Kentucky Fried Chicken, this is a huge thing. In South Africa, KFC is the chicken of choice, these ladies had never had the money to afford to even try KFC. I know, it would not be my choice, but trying KFC is something they aspired to and for the first time, they were able to afford two pieces with the usual Pap (maize corn porridge with the consistency of mashed potatoes). It truly was a celebration of note.
Your support has made this happen.
Over 70% of the ladies now have Income Generating businesses, which are growing. They are becoming more and more independent financially, it is wonderful to observe the confidence and pride they have now.
Next year, we have a target of 25 more groups which will mean another 500 families will be influenced by this project. It is truly wonderful.
THANK YOU AGAIN for making such a big difference
Blessings to you and your family