Hello dear Kasers

There has been a discussion about postage issues in Canadian Corner, which brought to mind reflections which I thought to share with you all.

Hope you are following our South African journey with us www.allfororphans.com although I am already days behind! We have been pretty hectic meeting and greeting and parcel
opening.

Firstly I just want to tell you that the warmth and love and gratitude
here in South Africa for everything you are doing is frankly overwhelming. You have
given far more than your time to knit and send, or the money that it has
cost you to post, you have given hope.

I know postage has been an issue for some of you. And I think Dawne (in the Canadian Corner)
provides a positive solution for those of you wishing to remain part of
the KAS community without incurring postage costs you feel to be
onerous, by donating a small amount each month,

KAS is spreading far and wide in the communities we are working in,
Soweto and Cosmo City being the largest of them. We once coined the term
that squares had become the 'currency of hope' and when you are here
and talking to people who are involved on the ground, it is true. The
squares represent far more than themselves.

We have garnered so much enthusiasm for KAS that some of you may have
out-knitted yourselves and ended up paying too much in postage. This is
not a desirable outcome. What is desirable is that we find a balance. A
few squares sent regularly and a small amount donated (even $1 a month
from thousands will make an enormous difference) is going to be far more
viable in the long term for the children and KAS then large amounts in
postage and then feeling that its all too expensive and it would be
better to find another charity. We will send out an appeal to you all in the next day or so and explain how this will help.

The children, sadly, tragically, will be here needing your help for tens
and tens of years to come.

KAS has created a community and communities work out ways to do things.
For those of you wanting to knit your heart out, follow Anne Powell's advice
and approach your church or local community to help. I have just
discussed this issue with Ronda and her words to you are: " Pray for God's
provision and trust that it will come."

For those of you wanting to be part of this amazing international group
of people TRULY making a difference, but finding the costs onerous, take
more time to knit one beautiful item or a few squares and send small
amounts that you can afford, donate just a small recurring amount a
month (we are receiving a few now of $2 and $3 and $5 a month) they all
add up.

Your contributions should always be within your means. But you can rest
assured that no matter what size they are, they are making a difference.

Among our openings in the last 3 days, I must have opened 40 packages
with 3 squares in them. That is about 3 blankets worth. I have an image
in my mind of three children warmed by a beautiful hand made blanket, 12
women laughing and chatting while they stitched blankets together
yesterday in a small communal room and discussed ways to teach others,
Wandile and Lindiwe powering through packages, marvelling at the bounty
on the table, piles and piles of squares each made up of small and large
amounts from hundreds and hundreds of people wanting to help, the
spread of KAS.

It is a wonderful thing that you are doing.

Sandy

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Comment by jacqueline sousa on March 31, 2010 at 11:32pm
sandy
thanks for the inspiration - only wish i could be there to help and see the volume first hand. love what you are doing there and here. your encouragement keeps us going the extra mile. what ronda says is soooo true. trust in God for when you do HIs work He provides. it is amazing to watch it happen. Peace
Comment by Mary Kristel Lokken on March 31, 2010 at 9:31pm
Thanks for these great ideas, Sandy! I have posted a link to this article on my facebook page... you never know!
Comment by Elizabeth on March 31, 2010 at 8:48pm
Sandy, thank you as always for taking the time to share this information with us and inspire us. The term 'a currency of hope' really warms my heart.

Fortunately I can fundraise for my postage through the school I work at. It never really occured to me that through asking member of the school community to contribute knitting, and school fundraising for the postage that perhaps we are enabling those around us to contribute to KAS who otherwise may not have been able to.

The idea of thousands of people contributing $1 a month shows how we really can make a difference, whether it be one stitch, one square, one dollar or one child at a time.

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