CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF NELSON MANDELA - 100 YEARS

The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”. 

So today we, A Reaching Hand and friends, celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, today on International Mandela Day we are reminded again that “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.” Nelson Mandela also said that “What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

All of us at A Reaching Hand would like to believe that we try to honour Nelson Mandela's wish with our vision and motto that "A drop of rain is insignificant but together we can make a river!” We sincerely thank our donors for helping to make his dreams come true!

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ART DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

It’s still midyear school holiday in Cape Town and our Art Class yesterday was jam packed. At first we were not sure how we would manage, but it turned out to be quite a successful day. We also shared the Dot and Frank Colouring Story book with the younger ones. Thank you 3 Helping Hands! The kids were so excited and started colouring immediately and loved the care packages! 
We ended the day with Felicias' yummy healthy food, which everybody loved and appreciated.

We thank you all for your donations, which makes it possible for us to provide a space where the children can feel safe and be creative. 
We support creative art because art supports the physical, social, cognitive, emotional, imagination and experiential development of a child. 
Thank you to Joshua and Terry (art teachers) for all the hours you put in to help us make this a happy place :)

PS: Liam took some video footage which we will share with you in the very near future :) watch this space! 
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CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER

A group of 18 Caregivers who work at the three local Alzheimer’s Homes in Sedgefield have been enjoying a change in their routine for the past three months. These Caregivers are deeply caring people who choose to lovingly care for other people. Their compassion and selfless dedication inspired Charlene to nurture their caregiving skills by engaging them in an online Caregiving Course. Every two weeks, since 18 April, they have been attending a workshop on Caregiving which Charlene has been facilitating. These workshops have given them the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding of how best to care for Alzheimer sufferers.

At the end of their course A Reaching Hand will present them with an accredited Certificate on Caregiving at a graduation ceremony to be held at the end of the month. Below are the excited Caregivers, very proud to be a part of this skills development opportunity! Next week another 18 Caregivers will be given the chance to benefit from this course.

WHEN A REACHING HAND MET SWEDEN - DINNER IN GOTHENBURG - 8 JUNE 2018

We are still digesting Friday’s amazing gathering with all of you, 108 people attended, and it will take many days to process. We are completely overwhelmed by your support and all the sincere, warm words.

Amusement and feelings were fused with South African food, wine and culture, presented by Håkan Larsson. Heartfelt laughter at Jan Bylund’s entertainment, and many well chosen words describing A Reaching Hand's philosophy “A drop of rain is insignificant, but together we can make a river”.

Jointly we secured the education, nutrition and a future foundation for many children and young people.

We raised a total of 164 250 Kronor / 18,950 US Dollars!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

We are completely speechless, not in our wildest imagination could we have hoped for this response.

This would not have been possible without the amazing sponsorships received from:

Danilo Restaurant
Håkan Larsson
Jan Bylund
Propel Africa
Andreas Karlsson
Resia
Riverton
SJ
Human Touch
Magna Botanic
Best Western
Nordic Choice Hotel
Marie Eklund (Inspirera Ceramics)
Springwine/Spendrup
Vinunic
Arvid Nordqvist
Johan Lidby vinhandel

Thank you once again for your generosity and presence, we hope to see you again soon!

Karin, Louise, Bev and Charlene
Team A Reaching Hand