A way forward

Dear all

As we start a new year we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of Isibani not only over the past year but since we started! We took over the old Celimfundo School site in 2008 and the support we have received from the local Winterton and Champagne Valley community has made it possible for us to serve many hundreds of people during that time.

Over the years we have helped many people with ID books, grants, health issues, emergency relief, food parcels, social issues and much more. It has been a blessing and a privilege to meet so many amazing people, both clients and volunteers, and to see the needs of the local community unfold.

Since opening the centre in 2008 we have seen and responded to many changes in the needs of the community and as we start 2015 we are trusting God to show us His plans for the community centre and our respective roles within that.

We have tried to offer as many services as possible to the community and our main objective has always been to bridge the gap between the needs of the community and the services the Government is able to offer; we are delighted that there is less of a need for some of our services now as clients are able to access Government services directly.

2015 is the start of the next phase of Isibani where we will have a much bigger presence door to door in the community and on local farms and in the rural areas; we are finding that the people who really need us now are not able or willing to come to our centre. With that in mind we want to make ourselves more available in the community offering holistic care door to door.

We will still offer full services from Isibani on Monday and Friday of each week and our help desk will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as normal but our full range of services will only be available on Monday and Friday of each week.

We do not know exactly what the future holds for Isibani or for our site but ask for you to keep us and the work of Isibani in your prayers.

We are very excited about this next phase of Isibani and trust that you will walk alongside us as we discover what God has in store for us.

Yours sincerely

The Isibani team

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Happy New Year

It has been very quiet from our side and we send our sincere apologies to all of our followers.

Before we had our Christmas break at Isibani it actually has been crazy here. We had to prepare for the break, and make sure all our clients are fine and are well prepared for the Christmas season. Food parcels have been given out and children from our place of safety went to family members.

Some staff members left Isibani and we had to say goodbye with a happy tear and a sad tear. All the Best to Thandeka who will study now through UNISA and all the Best to Buyi who will finish her drivers license and is trying to get into paramedics.
Thokozile and Ivy, who helped out temporary also left Isibani.

Yesterday we started a new children’s camp at Emseni in partnership with Childline South Africa. We invited 30 children from our area who have been abused with their caregivers and social workers to support the children and families with the healing process. The camp will take 7 days and we hope in future to work more closer together with Childline and maybe organize some more of this camps.

In the mean time we all busy with a spring clean and planning the new year.

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