Creche Upgrade in two days—August 20-21, 2013
TUESDAY – Yesterday we came down to Margate to get organised for a creche upgrade. I have been waiting for this since the start of the year. It was a creche that was mentioned to me by the last couple here [the Parson’s] that it was in need of an upgrade. We’ve been out there a few times to check it out and determine what it needs; at last check it had 34 children, 4 toilets but only 1 working, no toys, no playground etc.
After finding out that mums home ecclesia of Hurstville had made a special collection for the work being done here, I knew exactly where the donation could go. It also worked out well to time it so the upgrade could be done when the P2P’s were here as Gammalahke (the place the creche is in) is a very unsafe place. To put into perspective, most people say you should leave a township before 9pm to be safe; in Gammalahke, they say to be out before 4:30pm. There are a lot of people in the area and very bad pub next door, so factoring in the safety factor and the chances of having things stolen we really needed to have this upgrade done within the day.
So…. we got home yesterday and Glenn headed out to pick up supplies; we were able to borrow Grant’s bakkie which made it a lot easier haul the supplies.
This morning we headed straight out to the creche to start some work so that we were ready to finish it the following day. I started by painting the 2 main walls; the side of the creche and the front of the toilets, so that the walls are ready for the P2P’s to paint murals on them. Glenn built and set the wing frame and we found out that all the toilets have been fixed but are still in need of seats. I painted a chalkboard inside the creche and chatted to the manager (Barbra) about what she wishes she had the most.
Since being at the creche last, the previous manager is no longer there and Barbra (who just completed the creche course with us) is now in charge. There were also now 54 children! So with only 34 chairs, many children have to wait their turn before getting to sit and eat their meals. She told me chairs were more important then anything at this point. As we were doing so well with our budget, I went out and bought some chairs so we would have them tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY – I woke up early this morning excited for the day, been waiting soooo long for this! We got going and picked up some more tires and headed for the hall. Fezy was waiting and Beauty’s Uncle also asked if he could join us (as well as William) so with more hands on deck, I was a little nervous we’d have more people than work 🙂
The P2P’s, Rick and Sonya, Yvette and Petru and Dad all arrived at the hall; after a quick look around at the new Margate creche, we started our day with a prayer and headed to SuperKids.
We quickly sorted out jobs and the day got under way. It’s amazing how with so many people, the general rule is “Too many chiefs”; but today was the exact opposite. Maybe it was just the group, maybe it was all about what we were working for. Either way, it was ‘all hands on deck’ and everyone found their job and got busy. This left me to fit the toilet seat/lids. When you are given the opportunity to help in this way, even when i was fitting a toilet seat, I felt amazing. I know it’s crazy but even in the little things you do, you realise how much it means to someone else and that is what gives you this amazing feeling!
The day raced along, with a slight hiccup when a water pipe was hit when a hole was being dug; thankfully Glenn was able to race off and fetch Joe (our friend and plumber) who came immediately to help fix it (one of many God moments during the day).
The day was amazing: constant work happening around you and the whole place going from nothing to something in front of your eyes. I love having my little men there getting involved; they were so busy all day painting tires, walls and swing sets. It was especially nice when a few people made comments about how great it was to see the boys getting involved. Also just reassures me that this is good for all of us.
As we began to clean up, the P2P’s surprised the creche kids with handmade teddies. It was moving to see the looks on the kids faces as they each got their own little teddy bear: some surprised, some confused, and some just held, hugged or kissed their teddies; it was very cute and awesome to see.
We finished the day by heading to the beach to enjoy lunch together before a few (thanks to Glenn) enjoyed a refreshing swim.
It’s hard to explain all the thoughts and emotions that went thru my head. Seeing the work done (that has all just been in my brain for my months), knowing the money came from Mum and her Ecclesia, having everyone working together (all wanting to give to this amazing project), the similar attitudes and love from all the people (including the workers at the creche) — it was just an amazing day. I feel SO blessed to be here and able to do this work. At one point, I was watching some of the guys singing with children and I thought: ‘If I saw this sight in a picture I would think, what amazing people doing this work in this amazing place, what an experience’. But when you’re here, it’s more like a job, a project that needs to be done, and you organize and plan and do. I don’t know that I will truly realise what has been done here until I’m back home, looking back at pictures. It has been an overwhelming experience, and for today, a very exhausting one.