African Child Day

2007-06-16


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Tanks, Fire Trucks, and Fun!

Raised to Praise - July 2007 Newsletter - BETHESDA OUTREACH MINISTRIES

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What a great celebration we had on 16 June, at Bethesda’s annual Youth Day Picnic! Bethesda staff and children joined with many others from area churches and the surrounding community, including nearly 800 children from local crèche facilities; the metro police, the army, and the fire brigade joined in the events, which included horse rides, puppet shows, craft tents, games, fire safety displays, food, fun, and loads of fellowship!

This year’s event was a joint effort by Bethesda Outreach Ministries and AIM (Africa Institute of Missiology) to partner with local churches in encouragement and reaching out to those in need. The theme of the day was “Creating Positive Relationships,” and we enjoyed hearing God’s Word on that topic brought to us by Mpho Monare of Youth for Christ.

Many craft tents were lining the road, manned by SOAPkidz, who sponsored various crafts for the children. Each craft was made out of recycled materials, and included finished products of handbags, cardboard cell phones, and musical “shakers!” Zoo on Wheels also joined us, allowing the children a look at small animals and entertaining them with animal stories. The Tshwane Metro Police Dog and Horse Unit educated us on dogs and horses and demonstrated how they work with these animals to prevent crime, and the Fire Brigade Services and Tshwane Emergency Services were on hand to teach fire safety and how to help the injured. The South African Army allowed the children to climb into an army tank for a soldier’s view after sharing how and when the tanks were used. It was also a special treat to have a team from Kossuth Street Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana, with us, helping the Bethesda staff with games and other activities.

On the whole, it was a blessed day full of good fellowship and relationship building, and it definitely left us looking forward to joining with you many of you for next year’s Youth Day Picnic!


Die Nasionale dag van die Afrika kind

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Die Afrika Instituut vir Missiologie (AIM) in Hammanskraal reël jaarliks massabyeenkomste vir die kleuterskole van die gemeenskap rondom spesifieke temas Daar is geen parke en speelareas in Hammanskraal om afleiding aan die kinders te verskaf nie . AIM probeer dus om organisasies in die gemeenskap te help met die beplanning en organisering van geleenthede wat ’n verskil in die dag-tot-dag lewe van veral kleuters kan maak.

AIM het in 2006 die eerste keer saam met die Hammanskraal Umbrella,’n liggaam wat 50 kleuterskole verteenwoordig, ’n dag aangebied vir kinders tussen die ouderdomme van 3 maande en 6 jaar. Hierdie jaar is die Internasionale Dag van die Afrika Kind op 16 Junie by die Bethesda Orphan Village in Hammanskraal gehou. Bethesda Orphan Village het gefokus op aktiwiteite vir die jeug omdat dit ook Nasionale Jeugdag was.

Ongeveer 1 000 kleuters,ouers en jeugdiges het die dag bygewoon. SOAPkidz,’n organisasie wat fokus op opvoedingsprogramme oor die bewaring van die omgewing en die gebruik van herwinningsmateriaal, het die kinders se verbeelding aangegryp met demonstrasies oor hoe om ’n selfoon te maak van kartonboksies, dra-sakkies van tydskrifbladsye, ’n musiekinstrument van bottels en sade en ’n Afrika collage op ou papier met grond, grassies en stokkies.

Playball,’n franchise wat fokus op stimulerende sportspeletjies vir kinders, het saam met die Pretoria Dieretuin op wiele vir baie pret en plesier gesorg, terwyl die Suid Afrikaanse Weermag se Wallmansthal-basis ’n uitstalling aangebied het van Ratel en die Casspir-voertuie asook ’n kort verduideliking oor die rol van die weermag. Ds Johan Smit het Oos Rand Stereo se buite-uitsendingseenheid bedryf en deur woord en musiek bygedra tot die feestelike atmosfeer.

Die AIM-studente het hulle eie poppekas ontwerp en die kinders het aan die karakters se lippe gehang terwyl die stories van Adam en Eva en Noag en sy Ark voor hulle afgespeel het.

Hierdie hoogtepunt in die lewens van Hammanskraal se kinders is moontlik gemaak deur vele donasies en borge: Enterprise Foods het 1 726 viennas geskenk, Renbro Spar broodrolletjies en ander benodighede en Hammanskraal Fruit and Veg 50 sakke lemoene. ’n Kontantdonasie van Carousel Casino het koeldrank en lekkergoed vir die kleinspan gekoop.

Ongeveer 80 vrywilligers, insluitend werknemers van Primedia, jongmense van die gemeentes van die MRCC, en die AIM studente het hulle tyd geskenk. Baie dankie vir almal wat ’n verskil gemaak het vir hierdie kinders!


Internasionale dag van die Afrika Kind

Konteks tydskrif Augustus 2007

By Tharina Spoelstra - Projekbestuurder by AIM

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International Day of the African Child

By Karen Hauptfleisch

SOAPkidz strike again... this time at the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD

On Saturday the 16th of June, the SOAPkidz took part in the International Day of the African Child, held at the Bethesda Orphan Village. They were invited to take part by the “to care foundation” and the Hammanskraal Umbrella Initiative.

Supported by 35 enthusiastic volunteers and 200 teachers, Karen and her team provided environmentally educational and fun events for about 2 000 kids ranging from 2 – 6 years of age. A short nature walk, planting a seed in a bottle, creating fun collages with seeds, grass and crayons and creating shakers using different items such as stones, seeds and sand were but some of the activities which kept the kids busy.

It’s by giving ALL kids a chance to experience the beauty of nature, that we can change our world and create a better world and a better future.

“Although some of these children have been severely abused and traumatized, it’s pure magic when kids and nature meet,” says Karen Hauptfleisch, founder of SOAPkidz.


"Volunteer Feedback"

"I would just like to say THANK YOU so much for organising the most wonderful day for the children this past Saturday. My husband and I were volunteers with the IQ Group and I so enjoyed spending time with such a precious group of children. I think that you did an amazing job with all the organising and well done for all your efforts.

It was a day I will always remember. Having my children involved (age 6 and 10) was also a very humbling experience and they learned a great deal from it too. It was very good for us as a family to give just a little back into the community. We take so much for granted and I was so blessed to be a part of this day. Thank you for helping and giving me an opportunity to open my heart to those delightful little children.

Once again, thank you and well done.

Kind Regards"

Linda Davidson



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