Weekend Wanderings – Vrygrond

Last weekend we spent our Saturday morning doing something a bit different from our usual options of gardening, shopping, kids parties, coffee at Seattle. We paid a visit to Vrygond, located a few km’s from our own home but where over 40 000 people live with limited electricity, water, shelter and food and an unemployment rate of over 70%.

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The purpose of the visit was for us as a family to discover what needs there are in our local neighbourhood and find ways that we can get involved to help those in need or those who are already involved in uplifting the area. We chose to take our kids along to expose them to realities that are on our doorstep – but we came away equally shocked, moved and challenged! We met a friend of ours, Vicky, at the local community center and she spoke about the work she has been invovled with spear heading through her organization called Little 2 Much. She also introduced us to a few of the current creche owners she has been walking alongside and then we went to visit one of the creches located in a neighbouring area called Overcome. There are 5 creches in the area and currently about 1000 of the 4000 pre-school children in the area attend these… (approx 25%) The one we visited has 55 kids in a 5 x 10m space with one portaloo toilet!

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When I started the blog I included a Charity page which was a means for Moms like myself to find a way to give back to the less fortunate by donating their second hand baby clothes and goods. As an extension of that and as Christmas is around the corner I thought it would be a great time to shift some of the focus off ourselves and our families and on to those with far less joy and far greater needs in their lives at this time of year!

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I would like to send out a challenge to my lovely readers – I have a list of essentials that the 5 creches in Vrygrond and Overcome are desperately in need of, it’s a long list but many of the items are things we take forgranted such as essential cleaning materials like dishwashing liquid, disinfectant for toilets, hand soap and washing powder! Maybe you can consider sponsoring one item or donating money towards an ongoing contribution throughout the year or even ask a friend or family member involved in a corporate who might want to consider this organization and community as their charitable cause for 2012!

Some of the needs are:

Bottles
Balls
Cleaning materials
Clothing
School uniforms for those going to Grade 1 next year including school bags, raincoat
Basic stationery
Salary for full time assistant to Vicky

Click here for more information on Vrygrond and the Little2 Much Project started by True North.

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Opportunities to Donate or Volunteer  
 
1.  Monetary donations:  
• Once off donation for a specific crèche, intervention area or goods 
• Monthly debit orders 
• Funds for school fees
 
2. Donation of the following specific Goods/Items: 
• Building Supplies 
• Water Filters 
• Dry or tinned food 
• First Aid Box 
• Fire extinguishers 
• Cleaning supplies and toilet paper 
• Computers 
• Printers 
• Stationary 
• Books and educational Equipment 
• Kitchen utensils 
• Mattresses and waterproof covers 
• Blankets 
• Transport 
 
3. Volunteering of the following time and skills: 
• Nutritionists for a meal plan and follow ups 
• Social worker 
• Financial management training 
• Human Resources Training on procedures 
• Auditing  
• Fundraising skills 
• Marketing skills i.e. creation of letterheads 
• Computer installation 
• Volunteer for the Grade R Literacy program a week for 1 hour (training provided). 
• Picking up and delivery of donated goods 
• Training in discipline, leadership and HIV 
• Volunteer to be part of the parenting program once a week for 2 hours (training provided).   
 
Name and Address of Organisation   

True North 
Suite 132 
Private Bag  X18 
Tokai 
7966 
 
1st Floor Minter House 
Otto Close 
Westlake Business Park 
Tokai 
7945 
Contact Person  Vicky Kumm 
Director 
Tel:  (021) 702 2302 
Fax:  (021) 702 2306 
Mobile:  082 902 2227 
Web: www.true-north.co.za/projects/little-to-much/

Organisation’s Bank Account Details 
 
Name of Account Holder:  True North Consulting 
Bank:  Standard Bank 
Account Number:  070 818 894 
Account Type  Current 
Branch:  Thibault Square     
Branch Code:  020909 
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images: 1 – 10 by Kathryn Rossiter, 11 – 15 by Werner Stadler

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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