There has been a long discussion under Kas Inquiries and the UK group
regarding timely notification of the arrival of your post in South
Africa and in response to my request for your trust in this matter in
the last ezine.
As it is such an important issue I am copying in excerpts from my response.
Many of you have some very fine suggestions [about ways to expedite recording of the post and informing you of its arrival] and
with your tolerance, I will ask that you wait until we have met with
Ronda, Lindiwe and Wandile and experienced the actual process of
collecting and opening those parcels before agreeing to any of them. It
is possible that some suggestions while good in theory could actually
add to the work load. Once we have done a full anaylsis of the process
and what can be done to improve it, then I will report back in full and
we can see how to go about implementing the ideas.
We very much
need a manager on the ground in South Africa to co-ordinate KAS as a
volunteer organisation. Even if people are unpaid volunteers, they
still need to be organised, trained, fed (and in South Africa
transported). Think about yourself as volunteers which you are (and
wonderful volunteers too) and the enormous amount of work it has taken
to martial you all, correctly inform you (sometimes with errors
admittedly), follow up, discuss, grow the community in terms of running
two websites, communications, ezines, events, appeals etc.
truth is that we have come this far on the back of a dedication to work
for these children. Now we need funds to take it to the next level. We
are deeply grateful for the regular donations we now receive. They are
sufficient to help cover the operating expense which before were
covered from personal funds but not yet sufficient to cover 'manning'
the operation. Until that is achieved, then I hope that everyone will
continue to be patient and assess their risks at not knowing whether
their parcels have arrived as a small one in the face of what we are
actually achieving for the children.
Below is a photograph which
I received on Monday of the post in Ronda's lounge. It will give you
some idea of the volume that Ronda and her team are working through,
bearing in mind that Lindiwe and Erin are only with her one day a week.
Let me say emphatically that Ronda is not daunted by this task. She is
DELIGHTED (as we all are) with the response as her first and foremost
goal is to work for and with the children.
While it is pretty
overwhelming, she trusts implicitly that we will ALL work through ways
in which we can adequately resource this to more quickly expedite the
sorting, bundling and sewing of the blankets.
What would greatly
upset her is the notion that we have been seen in anyway to let you
down. We believe and have been told many times that what makes KAS
different is the level of transparency we bring to our communications
Another more important perspective
we were to agree that we all working together to make a difference in
AID'S orphans lives and that this is a team effort, could we not also
agree that we ALL risk something in order to make a difference in these
children's lives? Your risk is trusting that the money, effort and time
you spend in making squares/items WILL result in warming a child. Our
risk is the considerable unpaid time we spend to ensure that that
happens. In short, are we not all in this together?
reassured that all your parcels arrive with perhaps an acceptable
percentage going astray (the USA postal system admits to a 5% loss in
their system). So believing that, we feel we can ask you, what made you
want to knit and send squares for this cause? I believe you want very
much to help these children.
Can we not all resolve then, that
that is far more important than knowing exactly when your parcel has
safely arrived? I am not suggesting that it is not important, but I do
ask you again for your trust and that you allow us some latitude in how
it is done and when.
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