Since the beginning of last year I ( Hendri ) was involved with a mentally disabled school, doing sports with the children and just having fun with them. During the year, I was able to help them with their Athletics Day and we even planned a sports day at the school.
At the sport’s day, we played a lot of different games with the kids. At the end of the day, we had a prize giving, where we gave out a few medals and trophies. The children enjoyed it very much.
Also a main point for me was, when we were able to go and buy new sport equipment for the school. However, this is not a story about the sport, but a story about food.
We started this year with giving out 200 food parcels at the school. First, I needed to find out if we were able to do so. The head mistress gave us the go ahead. But the morning we went to drop off the food, we needed to phone the headmistress to say we are running late. But the reply we got was a fascinating one. She asked us how can we come and drop food at the school if they did not pay for anything! After we explained to her that the food was donated, and that we adopted their school, she was at ease with the idea.
We packed out the food and got everything ready for the children to come in and collect the food. Boy did the children enjoy off loading the food! We then asked all the teachers to first bring in half their classes and next time the other half. As the classes came in one at a time, the joy on the children’s faces was priceless when they saw the food that they were getting. E.g., there was this one small little girl, dressed in pink. (Now there were 3 food stations, and at each station you will get some food). After the first station, she was singing and ready to walk out. But she was stopped and told that there is more. After the 2nd station she was really happy and on her way out again — again to be stopped and to be told there is more food! When she got her last bit of food, she was over the moon, singing, dancing and screaming.
This is the reason why I do this work and the reason why I am involved with that school: to be able to give so little which means so much.
A new Brother in the Aphiwe church has also now got temporary employment at this school because of our involvement at the school.