posted on April 03, 2012 14:09
On March 2 – 8, 2012, I traveled to Pretoria, South Africa with the main purpose of helping to finalize the community service projects (CSP) that will be launched during the WCYCS 2013. We met with the local team members, and then Busi Khumalo, SID youth director, Easy Mbinga, local CSP coordinator, and I visited the CSPs located in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Sixty-five CSPs have been identified, but due to time constraints we were only able to visit thirteen.
We visited Nokuphila Community Services at Springs, Johannesburg. This community center was started and sponsored by four Seventh-day Adventists. It serves 165 children ages 1-6 years and 300 children ages 7-18, and they are following the SDA school curriculum.
Next we visited MamelodyWestSDAChurch where two service projects will be held, namely: Sun ValleyMamelodyWestChildCareCenter and EarlyLearningCenter with seventy kids from 0 – 6 years old. Most of the children are orphans, and one child has been diagnosed with HIV. The coordinator of this center, Mrs. Rantlha, was so excited with the anticipation of hosting the volunteers participating with WCYCS!
The most common community service projects were the Meals on Wheels (MOW) projects. We visited the MOW projects in Trans-Orange Conference (TOC); Sun Valley Mamelody West; MamelodyCenter project; Thandanani project in AlexandraTownship; Boitumelong project; Lethabo Feeding Scheme; Nokuphila center. We were very much impressed with what our Adventist brethren have been doing for the community. All of them deserve our appreciation.
Our last visit was to SOS Children’s Villages – an excellent place for our community service projects. They have 150 students. The manager of this village is an SDA, and the promotional manager, though he is not an SDA, is a former Pathfinder.
South African CSPs are ready to receive all the SDA youth volunteers world-wide who will come and work from July 1-5, 2013. Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve!