The first weekend in September, Athele went to Pietermaritzburg, about 500 KM from Randburg to make of distribution of 110 blankets with extra goodies for the children.
There will be comments from Athele's Facebook page about this distribution among the many photos. There will also be some videos, and possible disturbing photos of the living conditions in the JikaJoe Settlement where the distribution took place.
Please note that there is no running water, no direct running electricity, no sewer system, no garbage collection and this settlement lack most of what the rest of the world considers normal living conditions.
While the children looked well dress, they are wearing the best of the best of their belongings.
Pietermaritzburg is considered one the least safest cities in the world and we cannot express enough gratitude for Athele to make this distribution on behalf of Knit A Square.
Just distributed 115 blankets, plus 101 toys and beanies to the exceptionally vulnerable children of JikaJoe squatter camp on the edge of town as well as 80 items for the most vulnerable new born babies at the local government hospital, who otherwise risk going home wrapped in newspaper. More pictures to follow but for now let me tell you that was brutal. In every way. Including of course running out of items long before we ran out of children in need. Always heartbreaking. Especially when it’s a cluster of little ones who’ve walked for more than an hour to get to me. I’m going to have to get back here. Simple as that. Anyone fancy helping with funding travel costs we’d be super grateful. As grateful as we are to the contributors from more than 70 countries around the world who give so generously, to the incredible councilor for the DA Sureya who helped set it up and organized security for a walk around in the camp and my darling wonderful friend Sandra Pillay who makes it all happen all the time for so many vulnerable children, often fueled by her love for Christ and faith in the miracles He brings.
Thank you ever so much for this report. I have visually devoured the photographs. Your time and effort in conveying Athele's distribution is thoroughly appreciated ❤️
Total reached this morning - 115 innocent children struggling with life circumstances, including a high proportion of HIV positive people, parentless and or violent homes, with all levels and types of abuse being perpetrated, acute malnutrition and general deprivation caused by extreme poverty and the drug and alcohol addictions that inform its fabric. I’m guessing even a little may go a long way in communities such as this one on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Don’t be misled by some of the lovely outfits. Even the most financially strapped loving parents will do all they can for their children. Many of course will be from second hand pavement informal clothing stores on the ground, or hand outs from local charities. Top of the list the importance of a best outfit for big occasions. Such as KnitASquare’s blue bird coming to town, followed by hot dogs and juice from the local Councillor.
Thank you so much Athele for the work you are doing with KAS for the children. clearly so many needy vulnerable children.
The 5th blanket up in this group of photos (yellow, green and lilac with lilac stripes) is the blanket I made in memory of our KAS sister Anne Powell. I have no doubt she would be happy that ‘her blanket’ is now with a child keeping them warm.
Thank you Amy for sharing this distribution with us.
Anne is smiling down on this precious child.
Your blanket is truly amazing.