"What a blessing to live in a community that cares and have friends and associates that have realized "don't throw away phone Lucas and Leona let them decide what is actually worthless!" Anything from food, furniture, clothes, paper or stationery.
Being in contact on an almost daily basis with crèches we have come to realize that they serve a community that has a minimal income thus crèche fees are generally between R250 to R350 per child per month. This would be for 5 days a week, from 6h30 till 16h00, and includes 2 meals and a morning snack. This does not leave much of an income for the teachers of the crèches. This is where donations from other schools and individuals has been such a Godsend. If we can reduce the running costs of the crèches it will increase the actual income for the teachers and also hopefully encourage them to keep up the service they are providing for the community.
But who could have thought that a blessing can be so much hard work.
Clothes have to be washed (very few people in Tembisa have washing machines), sorted, and then donated fairly and sensitively to the correct people.
Stationery / Art equipment is often half-used, dried out or broken but sort out type-by-type and soon one can give a crèche a decent stationery kit.
Books and Dictionaries need to be fixed, pencil markings rubbed out and often combined to make a full dictionary which if you have none then a patched-up one is very worthwhile.
All donations are well meant but can also often be worthless to the crèche without the necessary follow-up. For example persons receive sheets of wood for shelving but do not have saws, nails or manpower to make the sheets into usable shelves. So the wood lies around and seeing as most crèches usually consist of only 2 small rooms space is minimal. Thus volunteer maintenance and painting skills are soon put to good use.
Are we complaining ? Never. It encourages fellowship, good laughs and that "I have so much to be thankful for" attitude while we are doing the sorting; and then to experience the thankfulness and humbleness with which the donations are received just makes one realize next time we will be ready to again fetch any donation because even though we cannot change the world we can make a meaningful difference in our circle of influence.
"Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness." Psa 145:3-7