Smile Bright…

Things have been going quite well with Mama and the tots. I receive emails, comments, and inquires about ways to help from many. Whether it’s a local business, students, or families who want to donate clothes, involve their company, or stop by and play with the kids; people are wanting to serve.

Summer is ending and winter is approaching. Where I live, summer is just beginning. I can’t wait to throw on some shorts and let me toes wiggle in the warm air. I think of Mama and the tots as the temperatures change and hope they are warm and safe.

There have been so many improvements over the past year they are all doing very well. I can’t thank people enough for being the eyes, ears, hands, and opening their hearts to the Tembisa Tots since I live so far away.

One important goal I’m trying to reach is for the angel who takes care of these special children. Mama lives and breathes these kids and hardly has time for herself. Since I met Mama 5 years ago, her dental hygiene is deteriorating. She wears dentures and they have been broken ever since I’ve known her.

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She’s had to super glue them together time and time again. A few months ago, Mama was able to visit a dentist and get an idea of the work that needs to happen. She will need to visit the dentist at least 4 more times to help ease the pain.

The cost is much more than what Mama can afford and I’d love to help ease the physical pain and also the emotional stress off of Mama’s shoulders.

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Let’s help Mama fix her pearly whites and help make her life easier and more healthy! Any donation is appreciated! No amount is too small. You have no idea how far it can go!

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Love you Mama! You always have a beautiful smile on your face no matter what!
You’re a true inspiration!

Help fix Mama’s smile here.

 

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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

I can’t believe that the year is over. There has been a lot of great and positive things that happened at the orphanage in 2015. I wanted to give a short recap of everything and also share a few goals for 2016.

There are about twenty kids at the orphanage now. Ten of the kids have left, but about ten others have been dropped off. I hope and pray that the ones who left are safe and will be taken care of. Many of the parents had realized their kids were gone or have finally gotten to a place in their lives where they feel like they can take care of the children now. I pray that is the case and they can all be happy and safe.
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There are always things that need fixing, taken care and dealt with. Fortunately, there is a local company who has offered their services and making things even better. There has been constant construction going on for the last few months. An additional building has been put in, a new kitchen, cupboards, sinks, running water, an additional toilet in another building, and sliding doors. Thank you Travis and his crew at NURV Decor for all the hard work you’re doing. Mama and the children are so grateful!

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Sliding door will be placed here.

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Additional building for more room.

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New roof!

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More construction and work going on.

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Putting in the flooring.

The kids are all doing well! They are growing up so fast. Prynce, Esa, Tnandza, Esa are all still there. And there are a lot of new faces I’m meeting via photographs.

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Mama with one of the girls…

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Esa, Moipone, and Tnandza.

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Everyone takes care of everyone ❤

There are a couple goals that I’d like to accomplish for 2016. The one that’s most important is getting electricity. Mama currently has a stove that puts out some, but not enough. There is a lot of debt that Mama has and that’s why the electricity is not on. It would be wonderful if we could raise more money to help pay that debt off and the kids can have electricity. Warming up water, taking baths and showers, winter is only a few months away. I’d hate to think of everyone going through another winter without electricity.

The second goal is to make sure Mama gets proper dental hygiene. Her teeth have been in such bad shape she needs to get it all fixed. She has visited the dentist for a consultation, but will need to go at least three more times to make sure she is healthy and not in pain anymore.

I know everyone is getting ready to ring in 2016 with dinners, parties, drinks, treats, and spending expenditures that we may feel is necessary for tonight. I’m asking you to donate a few dollars to help ensure the Tembisa Tots can have a great 2016.

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Happy New Year everyone!

xo

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Mama with Duba Duba. She was dropped off at 4 months. She’s now almost 3!

Share your love…

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve updated on the darling tots in South Africa. They have been doing so well for the past year! The community has really rallied around Mama in helping, volunteering, and showing support. I still receive emails and requests from people to help Mama. She is so grateful and feels so loved! So thank you very much for your kindness.

Even though Mama has been blessed with help from the community and others, she still needs to day to day necessicties. I have been working with and created a great friendship with a local woman, and a few others, who has graciously given their time to help Mama when possible and making sure things are going well.

We have created an account for South Africa and still have an account here in the States for those who would like to donate and help. If you are interested in the South Africa donation, please message me and I can give you those details.

Here’s a list of the basics the kids need

Rice, pasta, cake flour, mealie meal
Sugar, coffee, tea
Mabele, morvite, lentiles, split peas, beans
Oats, cooking oil, salt, soup packets, spices
Washing powder, dish washing liquid, Sunlight bar soap
Frozen vegetables
Tinned food: pilchards, beans, Bull brand
Tissues, toilet rolls
Tooth brushes, tooth pastes
Disposable nappies for 3-18 month old babies
Fissan paste/bum cream
Vaseline
Roll on deodorants for the teens
Sanitary pads for the teen girls
Long life milk/powder
Nan no. 2 baby formula
Sweets/nuts
Soya mince, meat, chicken pieces

Thank you all for your constant support and interest in helping these Tembisa Tots. ❤

Video Update on our Tembisa Tots…

For the last few weeks our friends Dominic and Moipone have been here in the United States. They traveled from South Africa to visit a handful of families they’ve grown to know and love. Many couples have had the oppurtunity of opening their hearts and lives to these wonderful people while serving in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The Tshabalala family are one of the most incredible families I have met. With six children, Moipone and Dominic do an amazing job raising their kids in today’s world.

The cultural differences between South Africans and Americans range from many things. Both countries have many things each can learn from, and also many things that are hard to understand since we aren’t familiar with it.

In meeting Dominic and Moipone in 2011, I’ve come to understand a little bit of their culture and history. Less is more. It’s okay to not have everything. Really cherish what’s in front of you. Don’t take anything for granted. History is powerful. Your roots are strong but don’t shape your future; you shape your future. Faith is endless. Hope can be eternal. Family is home.

Dominic and Moipone have been a huge part of the Tembisa Tots. Dominic has been a wonderful translater for me and my family when we’ve visited. He’s been able to explain how things work in Tembisa. From the township’s system, explaining things to Mama, and working with the community in helping where they can. He’s been able to build a trusting relationship with Mama and the kids living in the orphanage. Moipone has grown to love each and every child and knows them individually and collectively.

I trust them completely. They have the best interest in mind for the children and Mama.

Since Dominic and Moipone are such a large part with the Tembisa Tots, Dominic and I made a short video message for all of those who have donated and those future donations. We want everyone to know that their donations go to a wonderful cause and truly help dozen of children.

With the funds that have been donated we have been able to do many great things at the orphanage. But there is always more to do. The kids need funds to attend school, uniform costs, and school supplies are always needed.

Please share and think about helping these darling tots this upcoming holiday season.

God bless and many thanks…

Update on my Tots…

It’s been over a year since I’ve seen my Tembisa family. My life’s perspective changed in December of 2011 because of a handful of children who live close to 10,000 miles away from me. It was then when I met them and again in June, 2012.Since then I still think of them every day. I wonder if they are receiving enough food. If they are sick, being cared for, playing with friends, going to school, freezing in the winter months (opposite of our seasons), crying themselves to sleep, minding Mama and Simphiwe, do they remember me… I sure hope they know there is someone across the world praying and thinking of them every day.

A few weeks ago I was able to talk on the phone with my dear friends Dominic and his wife Moipone who have graciously said they will help with the orphanage and make sure the children and Mama are okay… I am so grateful they are there, speak the language, and understand the ways of South Africa to know what needs to be done to help Mama.Since the work we started a couple years ago, the maintenance and orphanage building have come along way. They now have a solid roof over their heads, they a washer and dryer, a stove, an oven, and warm water. Now the most important issue are the children and keeping them healthy and fed.

Many of the children have caught Impetigo again. This is a contagious skin infection that usually produces blisters or sores on the face, neck, hands, and diaper area. It’s a bacteria the kids get which can also turn into strep throat. It can be passes along others pretty easily and is just horrible. Blister like sores that bleed, itch, and puss. Very uncomfortable and awful. It’s on their faces, hair, feet, and ears. I wish I could snap my fingers and help them right now.

We have been able to get an antibiotic to the kids so they can apply this cream to the sores and hopefully ease their discomfort. Some of the kids have developed ring worm now too.  The school teachers have asked some of the kids to stay home from school in fear of spreading it to other students. Which only makes things a little more harder and stressful for Mama.
One of the little ones, Shorty, broke his hand the other day. It’s been over 2 weeks now and he still hasn’t been to the doctor for proper help. He needed to be cast but he hasn’t had one yet.
Some of the missionary couples have been able to go visit Mama and continue the help we started. They were able to give me a more detailed report a couple days ago on the kids and situation.
“We stopped by this afternoon. Shorty was using his arm.  The pain had been in the elbow area.  Elder Dr Hoffman looked at it and said perhaps his elbow had out of joint and reduced itself or perhaps he had a break that healed in the two weeks since the fall.  He did not feel anything in Shorty’s arm that would be a lasting problem.
He also looked at Essa, and several new children.  Some have impetigo, some have ringworm in their hair.  The little guy who had been burned by his drunk mother, Tabiso, had been dressed by a physician.  Mama had stuff to redress the burned area and Memory, a neighbor, was helping out and said she would be the one to do it daily.  Right now there are 18 children.  There are new ones. Mpho, Nelson, Larato, Nhlanhla, Mandela, and I can’t remember the rest….
Hoffmanns and Tshabalala plan to follow up with medication and instructions.
Simphiwe was studying algebra in the library.”
I am so grateful I have eyes, ears, hands, and loving hearts over in Tembisa to give me detailed reports like that one.I can’t imagine what Mama must be feeling with all of those additional children. Not to mention Dominic just told me a few days ago there are three more new children. A five year old boy, two year girl, and a four month old baby girl too.

I am going to do my best to visit again before the year is over. I don’t know what I can do but go show my love and support to these little people who have stolen my heart.

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