June Newsletter 2015

Growing Bigger and Better 4Kids

store4Kids is growing bigger and better!  One recent change  is that the 4Kids Virtual Village has been simplified. Don’t worry, it is still the same Virtual Village that you have come to know and love – it is now just more user-friendly.

Another change is the introduction of once-off giving options. We realise that life is hectic and that times are tough and so it isn’t always possible to commit to a monthly debit order. So, if you are passionate about kids and would like to make a difference but don’t want to commit to a regular contribution, you can now assist 4Kids through a number of simple, once-off payment options. Don’t forget that we use PayFast’s secure payment gateway for all online donations – so that you can give with peace of mind.

Visit our website – www.4kids.org.za – to view the new and improved Virtual Village and our other  giving options. Remember – 4Kids and Thandanani rely solely on the passion and generosity of folk like you to do our work.

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hopeTear of Gratitude and Hope…Stories from the Field

Tears roll down the cheeks of forty nine year old Spindile when she talks about the difference Thandanani has made in her family’s life.

As she wipes her tears away she explains that in late 2013 her eldest daughter passed away leaving her three children; Mfanufikile (12), Siphokuhle (8) and Ibrahim (2); in her and her youngest daughter’s care. Nolwazi (26); her youngest daughter, is also caring for her own child – six year old Amanhle.

At the time, the family were struggling to survive off the four Child Support Grants they were receiving and a little income that Nolwazi was managing to earn through odd, part-time jobs. They were sleeping on the floor with very little in the way of blankets, clothes and food.  She says the children often went to bed hungry as the family simply did not have enough food. Stress, and the burden of care, had also taken their toll on Spindile’s health. She was very ill when Thandanani first met the family and young Ibrahim, who is on chronic medication, was also struggling.

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povertyPoverty Still Chains Born Frees

Half of South Africa’s population is made up of children, teenagers and young adults born after 1990 – the  year that Nelson Mandela was released from prison. This generation is often referred to as the  “born-frees”. Yet, despite South Africa’s successful transition to democracy; poverty, illiteracy and HIV/AIDS continue to dominate the lives of millions of South African children and their families.

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Light Up a Kids Life

Consol_Solar_JarAs winter looms, so the days are getting colder and darker. Imagine arriving home from school and having to do your homework by candle light on a cold winter’s night. This winter, 4Kids is challenging you to “Light up a kid’s life” with the purchase of a solar jar or lighting kit. A solar lighting kit consist of a small solar panel, solar powered LED lamps and a battery that can be used to light several rooms in a small house with no ongoing costs.

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Keep Warm this Winter

Baby_Beanies_400__81952.1405404408.1280.1280A lovely group of ladies from the Catholic Women’s League at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, headed up by Mrs. Kay Temple, recently knitted beanies and donated them to Thandanani. They worked extremely hard and knitted a total of 45 beanies to the value of R500.

So a huge thank you to them! The children will be much warmer this winter.


Spirits Fly High

images111Andrew Archibald, owner of Hi Fly Kites in Merrivale, very generously donated 4 large boxes of children’s toys to the value of R5 460.

Thank you Andrew for your kindness, you have made a true difference in the life of a child.


67 for Mandela

index22Inspired by the ’67 for Mandela” blanket project, St John’s D.S.G. has started knitting and crocheting. Around every corner there is a huddle of girls busy with their needles and wool. Even the staff room is full of bags of half-finished squares that get worked on each break time. The squares are then placed in designated boxes, and Di Woodralfe, the Accounting teacher and instigator of all this activity, is facing the huge task of sewing them all together. Our aim is to have enough blankets to cover our circular lawn by the end of the month!