My apologies for not posting yesterday – my blogging time was spent taking our first delivery of goodies to Hlengiwe and her friends. The children’s mothers have arranged for a caregiver to look after the children during the day at their homes. For now, that is the best we could do until such time as these women get birth certificates for their children and identity documents for themselves. Our delivery was small but most welcome – a few girls clothes and some toys and a little food.We want to also supplement their protein intake so will be providing some eggs, cheese and meat. I took a few pictures so that you can see the pathway that Hlengiwe constantly escapes down as well as the conditions in which she, and the other children and families live.
Above you can see Charlie and Fanuel ahead of me.
This is Thandiwe. She is a little chatterbox and seems to be the most confident of all the children – although she does not speak English she is the one the other children look to, to communicate with us. She is as bright as a button, is usually the cleanest and best dressed child there.
Despite all of this, these kiddies are so happy and full of laughter and fun.
Hlengiwe was in a really bad mood when we got there as she is no longer allowed to run away. She was sitting on a little stool scowling at the wall. She was in the same clothes that we left her in on Friday and she had a wet bottom (no pampers/nappies here.) This is the first time we have seen her with shoes on.
Thank you to all of of you who have committed to helping these children. It is greatly appreciated.