Ronda and Wendy have been producing quite a catalogue of photographs from the recent distributions, rather than post them a few at a time, it was decided to create a discussion page where they could be displayed more speedily so that members might be able to spot their squares, garments or hats earlier!  Spotting one of our own creations in Africa really does spur as on to even greater creativity!

Here is one of the gorgeous children in a
'before' and 'after' photo!
 
      Often one reads comments from members wishing they could do more, but the only thing we have to do, is exactly the amount of goodness that each of us has available from looking after our families etc.,  EVERY SQUARE  is so very valuable, and it does make a difference. KAS members have contributed an astonishing number of squares during the last 4 and half years - added together, we have brought comfort and warmth to thousands upon thousands of deprived, vulnerable, and, sadly often unwell children.  Below is a quote from one of the loveliest Africans to grace that continent - Bishop Desmond Tutu which really summarises everything the KAS Band of Sisters & Brothers do, day in day out, freely and without thought of self!  We knit & crochet to support these children totally unconditionally.

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Thanks so very much for sharing these pics, Pam....how delightful.

Thanks also to Helen and Mary Anne for allowing all KASers to be a part of this special contribution to Nancefield. 

So much color into their blank environment!

Nancefield Batch No.4 !

Lining up for the race!

The front line - on the starting grid!

Girls can race too!                                                 Isn't she just lovely!

General playing!

 

It took the children a little while to work out how to get the see-saw to rock, but with a little coaching, they got the hang of it!   2nd pic - lovely photo, rustic walls and floor, plus a riot of colour!                                          

This was amazing to watch. When they started this game, this little girl could not catch the ball, after twenty minutes or so, she could! Such important hand-eye co-ordination skills learnt from basic activities, like throwing and catching a ball. Helen you guys have no idea what a difference you have made in the lives of these children with regards to their development.     I can catch the ball - hurrah!

Lindiwe is holding the little boy - AGAIN!

Lindi teaching this little girl how to get the see-saw to move, and, sand sculptures!

[And me???  I'm lying on the floor trying to get good photos!]

Lindiwe with our little friend, but I wanted to point out the storage unit in the back for the teachers to keep their things in!

Ronda with a speechless Lindiwe!

Let's colour!  Interesting to see how some of the children are able to hold the crayon correctly and others still need guidance.

Colouring!

Teaching the children how to build puzzles.

We would clap and make a big deal when they got it right and it was amazing how quickly they cottoned on. I'm so pleased we got them a great selection of age-appropriate puzzles.

We explained to look at colours and shapes.        Nearly done!

A soccer puzzle                                                      She colours beautifully

More beautiful pics...thanks Pam.  :)

Love these photos! A hint for puzzle storage...put them together, turn them over and mark every piece with the same letter of the alphabet, for example every piece of the sea life puzzle should be marked with an "A." Then, if the pieces get mixed together, you can easily tell which pieces go to what puzzle...all of the A's go together, all of the pieces marked B go together, etc. Works every time and I've done it for years. I'd love to come and color with the children...if only!

Great suggestion Debbie, will flag this up to Ronda & Wendy as they maybe able to get a message to Nancefield.

Wonderful to see how the toys and puzzles are being used to learn skills.  Bravo SA team for your wise purchases!

Nancefield - Batch No.4 from Ronda's camera!

Puzzle-building lessons from Wandi, Lindi and Wendy!

Wandi and the children.

These two children were brilliant at building and working out how to use the blocks!

I love this photo. It is just wonderful to see the keen interest in learning new things.

So much thought, and so much effort went into this, but WOW!  what an amazing result!  They could see the children learning and growing minds right before their eyes.   What inspiration.   Thank you so much for all these photos.

It looks to me as if Wendy, Wandi and Lindi were having as much fun as the kids.  What a joyful day!

This is batch no.6 from Nancefield, and, the last of Ronda's photographs. However, Wendy has also sent quite a number which I'll sort through and add later.

The children played on, and the children loved the bikes so much that they did not want to give them up - so, read a book - sitting on the bike!

The gathering.

Getting ready for the "thank you" speeches. The local leader, called Indunas, attend the hand-over and they were so grateful for "helping them develop the future of our country - our children."

It was such fun to see the children touching and playing with the sand. My sister-in-law is an educational psychologist and she was thrilled we got these - very important for a child's tactile development.

Everyone having fun!                                          Colouring!

He is busy comparing the puzzle with the pic - you can see they are nice strong puzzles.

The Wall Charts                                                     A very happy little boy!

Building he engineering blocks.                        Our little soccer loner!

Everyone enjoys the colouring books.

Ronda and Lindi with he children.

These two young lady's could not stop posing for the camera. It was difficult to understand what they were trying to achieve because of the language barrier. But, I kept showing them the photos I took and I think they enjoyed seeing pics of themselves!

Quiet time with Annette

Building sandcastles and building blocks!

Getting ready to leave.....

Collapsed on the couch at Wandi's house!  We stopped there to collect a whole heap of blankets that the gogo's had sewn up. That accounts for some of the hundreds of blanket pics I have! We have a string of distributions planned between now and 13th December.

Piling the blankets into the KasVan

Wendy loading second-hand clothing that was donated too!

Here are some of the Nancefield photographs taken by Wendy :

The shopping spread! Westpack was truly amazing. We walked around and chose the various items, taking only one of each, and, then the gentleman who assisted us, noted the quantities and colours required. Eventually when it became time to pay, Westpack gave us a 5% discount! This valuable discount enabled us to buy the food we took to Nancefield. Westpack also delivered free of charge and travelled in convoy with us. Chadwin their driver was a lovely man!

                                                                                                                                                                 

Wendy & Lesley with trollies and trollies of goodies!

Unloading!

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