Amid the COVID-19 coronavirus global crisis.
We are praying that you and your loved ones are doing well during this current/continued spike in Covid-19 cases. Although the numbers continue to rise here and in the U.S., we, and our families, and team/staff are doing well.
We are so happy to share that the feeding program in Soweto is open. We are serving around 80 kids a day. We are serving meals made with the food packs from Rise Against Hunger - the organization we have been working with for the last two years, packing meal packets with teams. It is such a blessing to have these locally produced meals that taste so much better than packs shipped in, and the vitamin packets included make sure that these little ones are getting a boost beyond just the proper nutrition the meal packs provide.
Even more exciting news: after spending a week preparing and learning how to sanitize the school properly, (and even receiving a certificate!), the Kya Sand preschool opened on 6 July! We have started with the 5 & 6-year-olds, and the learners and parents are delighted to be back. All the kids have a mask, many made by Thandi and her team of ladies in Ndwedwe. Elizabeth is recording the temperature of each child every morning upon arrival. And they sanitize the school every day. There are new, foot pedal operated hand sanitizing stations set up around the school to keep little hands clean. It’s so good to see the kids back - getting fed, learning, playing.
In Ndwedwe, returning to school is starting at a slower pace. Thandi continues working with the ladies in the community, teaching them to sew, making masks for all the preschoolers and staff. We have just replanted our large Waterfall garden with seedlings and are looking forward to the next harvest in 3 months. And we’re excited to share that, thanks to ongoing donations, we have just purchased a rototiller to help with our next phase of sustainable gardening.
How can we continue to support Build The Future during the pandemic?
We’re also in the process of planning to Zoom meet-up with all of you later this year. We don’t know all the details, but you’ll be the first to know as soon as we do.
Phillip & Clive
Thank you for your continued support of our mission!
And as always, If you would like to provide financial support, please go to buildthefutureusa.org