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For the irresistible and irrepressible children of South Africa
June 29, 2013
|Our dear KAS friend,
The irresistible and irrepressible children of South Africa. For their future.
The first blanket
He would be 13 now.
Ronda, Wandi, Lindiwe, Wendy and scores of other volunteers have swaddled well over 20,000 tiny babies and children in your beautiful, hand stitched colourful blankets in the last five years.
They have popped a rainbow assortment of warm hats on their little heads and put soft toys into their upheld arms.
They've whispered into their ears, "you're special, and loved and have a unique role to play in your country".
They have adored these irresistible and irrepressible children on your behalf
Hundreds of schools have created knit-a-square projects, taught children to knit and sent tens of thousands of squares.
Dozens and more organisations have involved their staff in knitting campaigns. Church communities all around the world have raised funds for postage and created knitting groups.
Every one of the estimated 10 BILLION stitches you have made has gone toward wrapping a child in your love.
Light and hope
Also to women who, with so little support, set up the day care centres to give the children a fighting chance at life, given all that besets them.
For five years, Ronda and her husband Peter have lent us their home as a warehouse.
Between her and her volunteers they have unpacked parcels and sorted more than 600,000 squares, hats, jumpers and toys.
They have piled blankets into cars and hurtled off into parts unknown on unmarked rutted dirt tracks, some might hesitate to call roads, in a sometime dangerous environment. Often in the freezing cold to distribute your warmth. And all of this has been achieved as a volunteer organisation.
Truly this is a remarkable story.
It's time to find a way to move KAS to a sustainable situation.
We have so much work still to do and it is clear that this cannot be achieved solely on the basis of volunteer services.
Bear with us as we try to explain what is required.
How it might work
One of these initiatives is the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) programme.
The B-BBEE program redresses the inequalities of Apartheid by giving previously disadvantaged citizens economic privileges not previously available to them.
Two areas within this legislation that KAS may benefit from are Enterprise Development (ED) and Socio-Economic Development (SED).
Support includes grants and overhead costs based on an organisation being seen to be involved in mentoring and training.
Both ED and SED seek to encourage initiatives that enhance the ability of disadvantaged citizens to participate in the economy in a sustainable manner.
How this can work for KAS is something that Wendy is working through with her knowledge of South African policy.
A new home for KAS
Clearly, to navigate these options requires the purchase of expert consultants to ensure we receive the necessary funding to ultimately employ someone through the B-BBEE initiative.
This person would come on board to manage the South African operations and get involved in much need fund-raising within South Africa.
To do this we need bridging finance of R90,000 over the next three months in addition to the donations we currently receive. That is approximately US$3000 a month.
How to help us
But please on this occasion, we ask that you dig as deep as you are able to help us get over this hurdle and secure your KAS into the future.
We need to consider the children who are not yet born, many of them tragically destined to be abandoned or orphaned. We have it in our hands now to ensure that they too will be wrapped with your care and concern.
We ask you at a time, when Madiba, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, lies critically ill, the globally loved and respected figure head for all that is wonderful about humanity.
We believe he would admire and support everything that can be done to honour these small children.
We know we can do this with your help. With our love and deep gratitude as always for your support. Sandy, Ronda and Wendy.
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