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South Africa ....

We worked in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa bodering Swaziland and Mozambique.

We were working with a local charity Themablethu Home Based Care, who support the residents, AIDS sufferers and orphans. Please check out their website: www.thembalethu.org
It is a region where the HIV epidemic is at its worst, taking victim of more than 37% of the population - the equilvant to 7-8 deaths a week per village.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported the group by whatever means.

We visited Swaziland as tourists, and worked a week in Mozambique before going on safari.

The group ran day camps, afternoon school clubs, performed dramas and sang in lots of schools at 7am, played with orphans fostered by the charity, visited churches and worked with pastors and their communitites and much more.....

I think I am still in a dream state that I actually went and did the things we did – ranging from visiting schools at 7am to ‘perform’ dramas on HIV/AIDS to visiting young people of my age on care walks who were too sick to move and had very little to their name except their human spirit. Before returning to England I was touched by the outstanding human spirit of the people there despite their fight to simply survive. This I hope will stay with me always, and push me to cherish my life and speak up for those who can not.

I found working with the children fulfilling and an experience in itself!
The time with the children will always bring memories of the mission and my connection with God. It opened my eyes more to the sufferings of those less fortunate but the capacity of these children to be happy. These children still need greater support, love, food, clean water, health care, education and shelter. I truly believe the world can no longer ignore the rights of children both at home and abroad.

At times I felt frustrated with my life and the limitations in the help we could provide. It takes little effort to donate money to good causes (although such a gift is amazing and beneficial), it takes more strength to see at first hand the sufferings of those less fortunate and try to make a difference to their lives.

I was offered an opportunity to serve the Grace of God which I wish to continue even more in my future life.

The experience of the mission will stay with me forever - the people I met, the sights I saw and the work we did.

Love to everyone
Jenny

Diary Entries

Saturday, 01 October 2005

Location: HOME, UK

Hello All

Firstly apologies that it has taken me til 5 weeks after being home to actually use this site!
I have met up with some of you but after my photo party I thought it would be easier to select a few photos for you to browse through at your leisure rather than the endless photos we have!

We basically had little opportunity to use the internet whilst away, and I only used it to ask my parents where my medication was - long story!

So here is my tale of South Africa Summer 2005 ...........

It is hard to believe that over a month ago I was in South Africa!
I found my life there a simple one - quite simply, my only focus in life for those 5 weeks was to be there for those less fortunate by providing new experiences and opportunities for the children and adults we worked with.


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From harriet
yo yo mum (and co) all is good.have not got much time to write novel stylee.Will possibly email at some other point!laters lovers.Hx
From Sue Smith
Read Eph.1,15-23 thismorning. Hope this will be an encouragement to you. Also refers you to Romans 8,38-39 and Psa.63,8. Thinking of you and hope Jennys teeth are better, God bless, Sue.
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Good Luck. Hope to see plenty of photographs from your trip while we are away.
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Jen, this website is cool.. good work my friend!!
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