The Knit-a-square program has inspired volunteers in more than 60 countries to knit and crochet more than 1.5 million blanket squares, hats, hand-warmers and toys. Your efforts are helping to keep the children warm but to keep this operation running every day, we need to extend your love and support.
Your donations are the backbone of financial support for the operations on the ground in South Africa, making it possible for them to continue.
Whether it's helping to pay the rent, a stipend for the gogos to sew blankets, fuel for the KasVan or to cover postal charges of $3.75 US per parcel, you make it possible to keep striving toward warming and comforting the children.
Our goal is to remove the monthly deficit that Ronda and her team have to deal with.
1. Make a donation whenever you are able.
2. Sign up for an ongoing monthly donation (subscription).
3. Shop at the KasShop!
Please follow this discussion for monthly updates, current financial reports and ideas on what we can all do to help.
I know one of the volunteer expenses is phone credits so when they are out distributing they can phone the creches or phone in if there are any problems. Also I presume things like tea and biscuits for the volunteers opening parcels. And I do remember that Rhonda wrote once that they take snacks and also a small first aid kit for each creche. It all adds up.
Love all the information here.
Thanks for taking the time to put this together.
Here is the KasShop report for February.
The shop figures were comparable to last month, $550.85. We had a great response to the yarn items. Almost 40% of our income this month will be allocated to yarn for the gogos, $216.53! With all those blankets beings sewn, the KasBarn is certainly going to need more yarn for sewing.
Thanks for this update. It is great to see that our community responds so well when we know of certain needs. Yes, the gogos will be very busy in the next few months sewing up lots and lots of blankets.
The financials have been updated above. Blue is in the lead once again! This also marks the 2018 year-end. A note from Ronda on the financial year:
"It is quite alarming to see that we are paying over R250,000* in annual rental costs – all inclusive.
And more than R85,000** in handling fees at the PO.
All things considered, though, the annual turnover is down on the previous year and that in a year where running costs increased across the board.
This year we are expecting massive rises in municipal rates, taxes, electricity costs and so on.
Rolling blackouts notwithstanding !!!!
Yesterday the barn was without electricity because of load-shedding from 12 midday to 16h30 … this is going to become an increasing feature of life in SA for the foreseeable future and (we believe) a ploy to force through massive increases of over 50% in tariffs in the next 3 years.
But we will no doubt cope and learn to roll with the punches and be resilient.
On the whole I would say KAS has had a good financial and operating year … we will hold a board meeting on Tuesday 26th to discuss all these things before I do the annual roll over to a new financial year and ready the files for submission to our accountants for the annual audit. They always do KAS last because it is handled on a pro-bono basis as far as possible.
There always are some expenses involved, but less than for commercial enterprises."
* Annual rental expenses amounted to R250,234 or $17,269 US.
** Annual handling fees were R85,603 or $5,907 US.
Here is the 2018 expenses breakdown:
Here is the February expense breakdown:
Thank you Andrea for this comprehensive information.
We must remember that the postage duty fees just started in July of last year, so $5,900 will almost double in 2019.
Many thanks to all the KAS Forum members that are able to support us financially, too.
I can't remember when Ronda gave the Gogos a small increase in their per blanket stipend, but I think it was in the past year sometime, so I expect the figure shown for that will increase as well.
The financials have been updated above. Some news from Ronda:
"Price increases seem to be out of control at the moment, but perhaps after the election on 8th May, things might settle down a bit.
Everyone seems on edge just now.
We have been obliged to buy some large knitting needles to help manage the Redefine Properties project – plus large crochet hooks for the gogo groups who will be involved."
It does seem that expenses are growing. Here's the expenses breakdown for March:
Thank you ladies for your kindness.