Emma Weatherstone Jumped out a plane
for the Kids of Khaya Lokukhanya - September 2012
On September 1st 2012 Emma Weatherstone faced her biggest
fear (heights and jumping out of a plane!!) joined SkyDive
South Coast and completed a tandem skydive to raise money
for the kids of Khaya Lokukhanya, in South Africa.
She took a huge leap of faith, conquered her fears and raised
£1275 for the kids of Khaya Lokukhanya. Congratulations!!!
to visit her sponsorship page if you would still like
Well done to Clare & Rob for completing
the Prague Marathon in April 2012 for Khaya Lokukhanya
In record times these guys raced around
and raised £635.00. Both of them seasoned pro's when
it comes to running. Congratulations from all of us here at
Congratulations to Hilary Weatherstone
who raised over £500 for Thusananga & KL with the
Big Bake Off in March 2012.
Congratulations to Hilary weatherstone
for raising £530 for our charities with the big bake
off in Putney. Lots of yummy cakes were eaten and sold that
day, delicious! Thank you to everyone that supported her from
South West London!
Klimbers for Kids 2011
Rob & Rahul will be climbing the highest peak in Africa
to raise money for Khaya Lokukhanya. The mountain is one of
the Seven Top Summits of the world – it has the highest
point on the African continent.
here to read more and see how you can donate and support
the climbers to reach the summit
Fundraising Picnic in Westbourne to raise money for the Kids
1st August we will be having an fundraising picnic in the
village of Westbourne at Mill Road Park to raise money for
the kids of Khaya Lokukhanya.
15:30 to 17:00 click
for the map
a picnic for tea, some cakes and goodies to sell and the sunshine!
more information please contact Emma Weatherstone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Very own Tersia Gerber has been
appointed to senior social worker for the Department of Social
About 3 months ago Tersia applied for a year contract post
with the Department Social Development as Senior Social Worker.
She couldn't believe it when they called her and told her
she had been appointed. Her main duties will be to visit offices
in Sterkspruit, Lady Grey, Barkly, Ugie, Maclear and Mt Fletcher
all in the Eastern Cape. She will supervise and help Social
Workers's to update the back log of lapsed foster care orders
and do some training and mentoring.
This is an advantage to us at Khaya Lokukhanya as it means
she will be in the system regarding all the newest developments
for institutions, opportunities for training. As Tersia lives
in Barkly East she can still carrying on over seeing Khaya
Lokukhanya this new position will not affect her commitment
to the Foster Home.
Well done Tersia - You have our full support!
Thusananga & KL FUN RUN in London
Sunday September 19th 2010
The Annual Fun Run in aid of our charities in South Africa
is here. I know for some the words "South Africa"
are still difficult to swallow....... OK, we may not have
got through the first round in the football, but I am sure
we can manage a nice gentle stroll or a serious sprint between
Putney and Hammersmith Bridges to raise some pounds for our
HIV project, Thusananga, and our vulnerable childrens' project,
Keep this date free in your diaries Sunday 19th September
To download a sponsorship form click
As many of you already know, with blisters to prove it, the
Fun Run takes place on our beautiful Thames at Putney Bridge.
The RUN OR WALK can either be 5kms, once
round between Putney and Hammersmith Bridge, or 10kms, twice
round finishing up at The Duke's Head Pub by the river for
a well earned Sunday Roast and a pint.
us for a sponsorship form - Minimum
Work continues in Barkly East. Tersia, our social worker,
and our foster mothers never really rest for too long! The
plans for the Place of Safety are bearing fruit. We are currently
renting a property which we then hope to buy for this purpose.
One of our oldest boys is now studying Tourism in Aliwal North
and we are so proud of him for getting his Matric exams, and
the younger children are all still busy in school and busy
with the World Cup
The winter months can be hard ones in Barkly. Our soup kitchen
provides hot soup and bread for around 300 under 7 yr olds.
KL still provides a warm safe home for 18 children, and child
headed households are still supported by us in the Township.
Emergency food, blankets and clothing as well as home nursing
care, are provided for our patients. The patient vegetable
patch had a wonderful harvest this year, but now in the cold
Barkly months, we support our most needy patients with fresh
fruit and vegetables bought from local grocers in the Township.
Luckily we have 3 new doctors working locally for the Department
Health, so although no home visits are available, we can still
organise a pay for local taxis to take our patients to see
the doctors in the clinic or hospital. Maggie, our caregiver
supervisor, continues to keep a close and supportive eye on
patients and their families and mentor her amazing caregivers
through often difficult times.
Start training, tell all your friends
and watch this space!
more information contact Clare (email@example.com)
or Emma (firstname.lastname@example.org)
will bring a new place of safety for children at risk in Barkly
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our UK donors, we
have been able to buy a new building which will act as a Place
of Safely for children in Barkly East (and the surrounding
areas). This home will provide a safe place for children who
have been neglected or abused and who need emergency placement.
These children have in the past, often arrived at Khaya Lokukhanya
battered and bruised and deeply traumatised. We realised the
need to keep a special place of safety dedicated to them,nd
separate from the children who we permanently foster.
It allows us the freedom to continue to provide an outstanding
Foster Home (physically just across the road) for the children
who cannot be found placements in the community, and allows
them to lead as normal a life as possible.
We have had the most amazing help and generosity shown to
us since the project's inception, back in 2002. As some of
you may know, I have moved back to the UK, but the amazing
work that the staff and volunteers of the two projects continues,
supervised by Maggie Thethelwa (the HIV and Home Based Care
project) and Tersia Gerber (the Childrens' project).
We hope to secure government funding for the projects, but
it is often a painfully slow process. We still need your help.
if you would like to donate please go to 'How
you can help'
Many thanks and love from us all for your support, past,
present and future.
Have a wonderful time over the Festive Season and all the
love and luck in the world for 2010!
Dr Clare Murphy
you Hannah for the wonderful scarves!
Thank you so
much to Hannah Aldridge who personally knitted lots of scarves
for us all here at KL. The foster mothers are totally in awe
of your knitting skills too! It is freezing cold and -10 degrees
centigrade on a bad day here so they arrived here at the perfect
Thinama on the farm
raising some money for Thusananga & KL?
us for more information of how you can help
Lions have arrived at Khaya Lukukhanya!
you to Derek and the guys in the UK for the generous gift
of lots of British & Irish Lions T shirts for the children
at KL. They are wearing them with pride! After being impounded
in customs for a few days they arrived here safely and the
kids think they are fantastic! Thank you again from all of
us here at KL.
Blythe completes the Edinburgh Marathon for Thusananga HBCA
done to Colin for completing the Edinburgh Marathon in the
sweltering heat in a very respectable time of 3 hours 30 minutes
57 seconds. He raised £1230 at last count for our projects
and we would like to thank everyone who sponsored him and
to Colin for thinking of our charity.
It is not too late to sponsor Colin by visiting his sponsorship
Thank you to Lydia
Blythe and all her friends at Winnersh Primary School
would like to thank Lydia, her friends and teachers at Winnersh
Primary School for their fabulous efforts fundraising for
the children of Khaya Lokukhanya. They organised events like
name the bear (its name was Clare!) a cake stall, lucky dip
and a raffle. All the events were a great success especially
the cake sale which raised £50 on the first day!
grand total raised was £169.63 (R2380) and we would
like to thank Lydia, Ali, Sian, Imi, Katie, Jacob, Patrick,
Callum, Mark, Mr Howell, Mr Penny and everyone at the school
that supported the events and made this happen - Well done!
Row Left to Right, Imi, Jacob, Mark. Middle Row Sian, Lydia,
Katie Front Ali
The Big 5 Marathon in Jo 'burg
A huge congratulations
to everyone that completed the 5 hour 'Big 5' marathon on
Sunday 19th April. After a lot of pumping muscles, pounding
hearts and sweating bodies over 5 hours on 5 cardio machines
in the gym, the grand total raised was R20,000 (£1335.00)
Guy & the girls
done to everyone that took part and especially Guy & Wayde
for organising the event - THANK YOU!
here for more details
numbers have come up on the lottery!
2 years ago with the help of a professional fundraiser, Cindy
Buske we applied for funding from the South
African Lottery (NLDTF) for both of our projects. Her
services were paid for by a private donor and she set to work
on the application.
passed and we had given up hope and almost forgotten about
the application, when a letter arrived at our offices in March
saying we had been awarded a sizeable amount of money specifically
for Thusananga HBCA.
money will be used provide food parcels to our clients that
are unable to work due to their illness. It will help us give
our garden a face lift, to build poly tunnels and an irrigation
system so our clients can grow their own vegetables, encouraging
healthy eating and self sufficiency.
money will also assist with the training programmes for our
volunteer caregivers and support staff and give us the opportunity
to provide them with a decent re numeration for all their
wider community of Barkly East affected by HIV will benefit
from this cash injection and for that we are really grateful.
big thank you to everyone that has made this happen!
and Andiswa are reunited with their granny and move to Cape
6 months of organisation with social workers from the Western
Cape, Nkosithandile and Andiswa are finally reunited with
their paternal granny. When they were told this was actually
happening they were both ecstatic and could not wait to meet
her. The day finally came for them to leave KL and their granny
arrived to take them on the long journey to Cape Town (well
over 1300 km from Barkly East!)
are all very sad to see them go but this is ultimately our
goal for the children that live in KL; to go back to live
with their own families wherever possible. We provide a loving,
caring home for them all until the day comes when they leave
us, as the best place for the children to be is with their
Left to Right - Granny, Nkosithandile with the 3 foster Mothers,
Mandi, Precious, Ntualeng & Andiswa at Khaya Lokukhanya
the latest update from Dr Clare Murphy
Our Latest News
Update from Khaya Lokukhanya and Thusananga November 2008
- click here to read the full
you to Patsy Eastmure in Canada
big thank you to Patsy, a dear friend of the Sephton family
who created a cook book, dedicating it to Thusananga and Khaya
Lokukhanya. Sales of the book raised R8000 and all of the
proceeds have gone to our projects. Sadly the cook book is
no longer available to purchase.
Anne Marie O'Donnell raises £530
done to Anne Marie for raising £530 for Khaya Lokukhanya
completing a triathlon. Unfortunately she broke her collar
bone in the process but completed the event never the less.
A brave effort and we hope that you get well soon!
& 5 km Fun Run/Walk in London 2008
you to everyone that competed the run and to all of our supporters
who made donations and gave our runners sponsorship. The event
was a great success raising £3300 (R49500). Well done
a great day out with a good dose of exercise followed by a
hearty lunch and a few drinks at the Dukes
Head Pub in Putney. Thank you to all the staff who were
very accommodating to a bunch of very sweaty and muddy fun
to James Weatherstone and Peter Moore
who completed the 10 & 5 km in the fastest times respectively.
you to our sponsors:
Fire Stables, Wimbledon
Dukes Head, Putney
running next year??? Drop us a line at email@example.com
roof is on our new building, just in time for Winter!!
beginning of 2008 we were fortunate to secure a development
grant from Amicus/Unite
the Union to build a new premises for Thusananga &
Thusananga on the Amicus web site
a few weeks of hard work from the team the roof is now on,
just as the coldest part of winter sets in. We had a braai
(BBQ) with everyone involved to celebrate this momentous occasion!!
team and the Roof! Angus with JoJo
our care giver supervisor cooking up for the team
our latest progress report please click
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& Khaya Lokukhanya Joins Facebook
our cause on Facebook
to help us spread the word about the HIV situation in South
here for access to our 'cause' homepage.
December 2007 we received a call from Unite the Union (formerly
known as Amicus) that we had been successful applying for
a development grant through the Amicus
is the best Christmas present we could of possibly imagined!!
been awarded £20,000 which will be spent on extending
the facilities for Thusananga HBCA, providing a health education
room and workshop for the income generation project. We will
also be increasing the number of rooms at KL making a special
area for the older children, as we are full to capacity in
our current building.
all really excited and would like to thank everyone at Unite
for making this possible! Our builders are drawing up the
plans as we speak and the whole project will provide a large
number of jobs for the local people in Barkly East.
keep checking the web site as we will be updating it on a
regular basis with progress reports.
Amicus Foundation (registered charity the AEEU Learning
Fund - No 1085736) works together with other charities to
fund activities where it is assessed that there is a potential
for change and betterment. To read more about Unite the Union
and how you can become a member please go to www.amicustheunion.org
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the latest newsletter from Clare
newsletters from this year - July
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& 10 Km Fun Run in London - October 2007
On a gorgeous
sunny day in October, Emma Weatherstone & Liane Groves
organised a Fun Run to raise money for Thusananga & KL.
Along with 30 friends and supporters they met up on the banks
of the River Thames in Putney to take part in a 5 or 10 Km
(depending on how fit you felt!) Clare & her husband Joe
were over from South Africa and led the serious athletes to
run the 10 km route, everyone else completed the 5Km circuit
enjoying the sunshine and the company!
to Matthew (Sam) Huntingford who was the quickest round the
10Km circuit and Anthony & Sean Somers who were first
round the 5Km run in a very respectable time indeed!
to everyone that took part - over £1200 was raised for
the projects here in South Africa!
Geoff triumphant after completing 10 Km followed by Clare
the full photo gallery of the day click
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Blanc Climb 2007 for Thusananga & KL
Chaz & Jim Weatherstone completed this incredible
challenge in adverse weather conditions to raise over £5000
for Thusananga & Khaya Lokukhanya.
To read about their adventures please click
Saloman Wartrail Tri Challenge
Many thanks to Adrian Saffy, his friends and Marshall's
for making this event so amazing and raising R5000 for Thusananga
HBCA & Khaya Lokukhanya!! 41 competitors took part in
this grueling 3 stage event in the spectacular mountains of
the South Drakensburg region. The first stage was a 60KM Skyrun
starting at 4am, the second stage a 135KM mountain bike climb
over Lundeans Nek bordering Lesotho and the final stage was
a 60 KM paddle down the Orange River in a canoe. Temperatures
plummeted to -5 degrees centigrade at night and the mountains
were covered in snow making it a truly arctic like experience!!
to the winners and read
the report in full.....
– Martin Dreyer - Land Rover Gear / USN Elite Race Team
2nd – Nicholas Mulder - Team Cynosis 3rd
– Jeannie Bomford - Land Rover Gear / USN Race Team
Wartrail Tri Challenge is dedicated to people affected by
HIV / Aids in the Ukhahlamba district of the Eastern Cape'
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Foundation is set up in Spain
Thusananga & Open
House in Madrid have recently collaborated to form the
Thusananga Foundation supporting our communities here in South
Africa. Open House
is Spain's first medical centre providing a safe and accessible
place for people to seek advice about their medical problems
in total confidence without being judged about their sexuality
or sexual practices.
Over 600 euros were donated to Thusananga HBCA at GAY PRIDE
through the Open House Clinic. Many thanks for all your support!!
An English translation of the Open House site is available
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Blythe successfully completed the London Marathon this year
and raised over £1400 for Thusananga & Khaya Lokukhanya.
Dominic Weston & Simon Edwards
also completed the Snowdon Marathon earlier this year raising
over £1000 for the projects.
done to you all and many thanks to all of our supporters who
kindly sponsored them!
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Our New Year 'Litter Awareness'
2007 we started composting our kitchen waste and encouraging
the children to recycle.
our compost heap was still looking like a rubbish tip
with peanut butter jars, yogurt pots, plastic bin bags full
of rotting food and silver foil having made it's way there
SO we went back to our rubbish and compost bins, and everyone
in the house was shown what goes in which bin (AGAIN)
We then cleared out the rubbish from the compost heap and
put it in the rubbish bin!
We went to see what the litter situation was like outside.
We didn't go more than 50 metres before we found piles of
rubbish. We put these in a nearby bin and then drove round
Barkly looking for bins. There appears to be very few bins
in the township areas but a reasonable amount in the town,
with far more rubbish in the township.
We came back to KL, cleared up any remaining rubbish around
the outside and inside, and went back to the dining room to
talk about what we had seen. We tried to explain what the
noun and the verb "litter" is, with definitions
and examples and talked about why litter is bad:
it can be dangerous, and it is ugly' were some suggestions
from the kids.
This is a view
from outside the township!! Next we are going to come up with
some "Anti-litter posters" to keep raising the awareness.
Court success for a Thusananga Client in 2006
the responsibilities of Thusananga HBCA is to help our clients
get access to the disability grants they are entitled too
and to ensure their human rights are respected. One of our
clients, Ms Marbertha, had been refused a disability grant,
on the basis of her HIV by the Department of Welfare in the
Eastern Cape. She had very poor vision, had suffered a stroke
and her physical condition deemed her unfit for work. She
had been subsisting on food parcels since 2002 provided by
& her lawyers at the Legal
Resource Centre worked on the case for over 2 years and
made an appeal against the decision. In 2006 after a long
battle, the case was won and Ms Marbertha received her full
disability grant in July 2006. Read
the full report........
article in the Journal of South African Family Practice 2005
47(2) Rural Health Initiative - Rural
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