Dear Family, Friends and Partners of Children of Destiny at Home
Like the well-known Zulu greeting Sawubona which has a deeper meaning then just to say hello everyone. This greeting means I see you all, and I acknowledge you all. As you may remember God spoke to us in the beginning of the year, through the book of James 1:2-12 that spurred us on by saying, Count it all joy, my brothers, and sisters (in Codah) when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness (perseverance). And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Yeah, we are not perfect yet, but surely, we have been tested, not just in our finances only, but also in our relationship with our volunteers. But as we look back it has all but build character in us all.
We can still feel the effects and emotional hardship of COVID 19, but we have also made good progress and normalise our daily programs and schedules. We have received many donations, from different local organisations. Not all were in monetary form, as most of it came as food vouchers for our beloved volunteer staff. For our bakery to continue to bake; flower and bake ingredients.. We also saw the first financial donations coming in for our newest edition our English school. Indeed, it was a fantastic testing, yet rewarding year as we saw for the first time some support came from our local communities towards Codah.
We are feeding over 2000 people on a monthly basis which would have gone to bed without anything in their stomach. These are women and children who are heading poor of poorest families within the area.
Dignity-Centre our Mobile Clinic, conduct counselling support groups, especially for vulnerable women, children, and teenage girls. Teenage Pregnancy Support is a national crisis in South Africa and the world since some of these young girls would not be psychologically fit to align themselves with stress levels coming with pregnancy.
Our organisation also opens up job opportunities through training children, and adults, unemployed, elderly on basic
- Computer skills
- English language skills
- Baking skills
- Sewing classes
It is of paramount importance that we build a self-sustainable community when it comes to food
security. So, we are in the process of acquire more equipment, to bake cake, chicken in order to
be self-sustainable, and still feed the people.
The population in Hammarsdale has grown rapidly and the organisation really struggling to keep up with the finances that are required. It is painful to see that the supply is really not meeting the demands from this very limping community which is in deep poverty challenges. The organisation is looking for funding from various channels to ensure that we build a self-sustained community. Unique to its kind there is no similar organisation within a reasonable radius in the area of Hammersdale, so it is of utmost importance that we ensure that this organisation does not fail in its objectives.
Children of Destiny at Home want to express our warm-hearted gratitude to all our supporters, SG, Ubuntu Community Chest, Holland, Good News Centre for your continual support to this organisation.
We really hope you can be proud of your generous investment in our Up Liftment Programme for the Poor and Needy and the vulnerable Children in the beautiful community that we serve.
CODAH Sewing Project
We have seen a new wave of companies in Hammersdale that want to Partner with our Sewing Project. Our students received employment one of these companies. The need for Skills training is so huge. One of our students has become one of our Super Stars. Her dedication and commitment towards our CODAH project is such an answer to pray. Hlengiwe our Sewing Designer has been helping one of her students to start her very own Sewing Business.
We had our operation Bakery Clean up. So proud of our Community in Hammarsdale that helped. We are so grateful, Luke one of our YWAM DURBAN leaders has served us with his skill as a electrician and fixed the oven so many times. Our Gogos ( grandmothers ) has decided they also want to learn baking skill and has started end of September. They are helping without expectation but serving alongside us joyfully.
This week we are having a holiday club for our Abantwana – All our children who faithfully attended our Computer Classes (when we were opened for 2022). We were gifted some beautiful gifs from Ps John & Eunice Dennis from Good news Centre, as well as a farewell meal for our last time together on the 10th of December. It has brought so much joy to soo many faces!
We cannot thank God enough for His timely provision this week. We have so many plans for 2023 and we trust that with God it will all come to pass.
Thank you to each and every one of our prayer and financial partners who continue to faithfully stand with us as we serve the community of Hammarsdale.