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.

 

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.

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=UP8OIKBoeCsLMDhWtQQMSaCEMblywfPwxx7Y3wLYovMtzOJkshTBWA2MrLu&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d64ad11bbf4d2a5a1a0d303a50933f9b2

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. ❤