30 staff get hands on in South Africa to improve lives
In September, 30 staff volunteers travelled to one of the most impoverished communities in South Africa, Lehae to make a difference to the lives of the people there. During the week our team took part in and led on various initiatives, supported by earlier fundraising and donations from friends, family and ForViva partners.
Thanks to our contributors and volunteers, we:
· Laid the foundations of a new local church (including demolishing the old site which was no longer suitable for use).
· Built partitions in the local community centre, creating work hubs and a meeting hall - enabling the community to come together and for people to develop skills and earn an income.
· Through donations of unused spectacles and the attendance of an ophthalmologist as part of the ForViva team, we improved over 350 people’s vision, who would otherwise not have access to eye care, and in turn improving many aspects of their lives.
· Distributed the donations of sanitary products and other items in high demand to over 100 people in need of them.
· Painted a number of houses where children of the Khaya Centre and their grandparents lived, improving the places where they live.
Throughout the trip many volunteers were reflecting on their experiences. Karen Sloan, Chief Operations Officer for Liberty said “One of the important things that was very evident to me was how we’re here to improve others’ lives, but we’ve just as much been changing our own.” The team shared their insights and thoughts everyday on short daily video blogs. You can view them here on Twitter:
If you would like any more information about our work with the Footprints Foundation, please contact Barbara Joyce.