Jehovah, an IOP orphan and Grade 6 pupil at Ngqamuzane Primary School, was struggling with his self-esteem. He was being tardy at school, not taking part in group lessons and generally underperforming. Our IOP staff picked up these problems and intervened quickly. ‘I met with him and saw that his uniform was literally in rags,’ explains Shelley Bain of IOP. ‘He lacked confidence, and I immediately decided to provide a new school uniform and replace his small, pink, broken back pack. The change was immediate! He now arrives at school on time, and actively takes part in lessons. This just proves what an incredible gift a new uniform can be for a young pupil.’
The IOP Children’s Easter Celebration was a wonderful success, thanks to our sponsors Protea Hotel The Richards and Protea Hotel The Bayshore Inn. The children enjoyed the Easter Story, games and crafts, treats and refreshments.
Blessed with water!
Our rural area is struggling under the burden of a terribly drought. Community members, who have no access to piped municipal water, have had to rely on sporadic water drop-offs and drinking dirty river water. IOP has been fighting on their behalf and campaigning to find a solution to this problem and last week our prayers were answered when – thanks to kind sponsors – we struck water! The IOP borehole will now provide clean, purified water to our dependents as well as the community as a whole.
Education, education, education! We were delighted to distribute brand new white school shirts to our poorest orphans at Nteneshane Primary School last week, (thanks to kind sponsorship from Noel Burnell and friends, United Kingdom), as well as brand new school shoes, courtesy of Rotary and Toms Shoes
The Rotary Learning Centre continues to bustle as lives are changed through the courses offered there by IOP facilitators I Learn To Live. Here bright young South Africans who are currently unemployed, smile in delight as they complete English courses, before continuing with computer literacy.
(*PHOTO OF YOUNG WOMEN IN LEARNING CENTRE)
How can you help?
We would love to share some of the projects we are currently involved with, in the hopes they will touch your heart and encourage you to learn more about our work, and the amazing children under our care.
It’s official! Ngwamuzane Centre Opening
On Saturday we officially opened both the Ngqamuzane Support Centre and the Ngqamuzane Christian Community Church which falls under our Ministry Programme. The celebration was a wonderful success and the hills rang with the sounds of praise and worship.
People with a common purpose
The IOP team travelled to Durban this month to take part in the Container Ministry Day at Grace Family Church in uMhlanga. Hundreds of missionaries and Christian aid workers came together under one roof to discuss and share their experiences and blessings. Container Ministries is a massive support to IOP. They ship containers of supplies including food and medical supplies to Africa for distribution. I was also so thankful for the opportunity afforded to me by Dudley Thompson to talk to the audience about our work.
Dear Friends of IOP
Happy New Year to you all! May it be a blessed one for each and every one of you!
We would like to send a very special ‘thank you’ to each and every person who contributed to IOP in any way during 2014, and throughout our festive season by volunteering, making a donation, supporting our online campaigns, or simply sharing the news about the work we do. From each and every one of the hundreds of orphans whose lives you have positively impacted, a very big…….
Our big news this month is the launch of our Zapper app partnership. Zapper is a fantastic app that is taking the world by storm - it allows you to safely pay your bills, your taxi fare or your restaurant tab simply by swiping over it with your smart phone.
We have received our own Zapper barcode and we are hoping it will make donating fast, friendly, and safe for our friends around the world!
Please consider downloading the app from the app store, and using it to assist our children in need this month. We are currently urgently raising funds to buy uniforms for our orphans, an expense of around R150 000.00.