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Protecting our Communities

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At the start of the national lockdown in late March 2020, the Kruger family were watching a news report about the importance of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in South Africa. The family knew that people did not have access to face masks, especially those who did not even have money for food.  They knew that the need for masks was going to be huge and urgent, so they got to work the very next morning.  Caitlin Kruger worked on finding and adapting a pattern to make masks.

The family first made a number of different masks and then chose the best pattern and started in earnest on that Monday afternoon.  Makhosi Zondo, who usually sews clothing for CAST with the KwaDabeka sewing group, was staying with the Kruger family during lockdown and switched to sewing masks. Before they knew it, the whole family were producing masks. The little girls, aged 4 and 6, even climbed in to help by turning the masks inside out once sewn and enjoyed pegging them on the line to dry after they were washed.  The Kruger family managed to make 544 masks in the first week, and just over 2 000 in total.

In partnership with our alliance of churches, CAST was issued an essential services permit to pack and distribute food parcels during the lockdown which were delivered to 9 of our partner churches, aiding those identified as food insecure in the communities in which CAST operates. Over and above our usual monthly distribution, 1500 food parcels have been delivered so far, each able to feed a family of 4 for up to 2 weeks. In addition to the food, each recipient was provided with a mask very kindly sewn with love by the Kruger family.

We really appreciate the support from the Kruger family during this challenging time. If you would like to contribute towards supplying more protective masks for those in the communities, visit cast.org.za to make an online donation or EFT. For more information, contact us on info@cast.org.za or +27(0)31 266 8830.

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Imanamalo

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IMG_8689.JPGBefore Baba Khumalo retired, he used to come home from work everyday and notice all the children in his community.  He wished that the kids had somewhere to stay where they could be nurtured and cared for, and where they could experience the love of Jesus.  But he wasn’t sure how.

Over the years, the Khumalos opened up their church, their home and their hearts to the children in Chibini.  In the past three years, the Khumalos have nearly doubled the size of their Sunday School, currently reaching 85 children in the community each week.IMG_8667.JPGHowever, Baba Khumalo was not content with only reaching children on Sundays.  Earlier in the year, Joseph Bode (CAST’s Education & Children’s Dev. HOD) and Zippy Benn, a CAST volunteer, suggested that the Khumalos start a creche out of the church where children could come everyday.

Bongani Mkhize, CAST’s Noodsberg Area Co-ordinator, connected the Khumalos with a local school principal who welcomed them into the local creche association.  By joining the association, the Khumalos were able to access training for their volunteers and ECD materials for the creche.

On 18 July 2016, Baba Khumalo’s wish finally came true – the Imanamalo creche was launched, with 27 children attending, from ages 0-4.

However, operating Imanamalo has not been without challenges.  Firstly, the church is a rondavel building, so it is very cramped for the children, and the roof leaks when it rains.  Also, the Khumalos have to take down all the ECD materials off the walls before Sunday because of church, then put it all back up again, and make sure the chairs for the church service are removed before creche starts on Monday.img_8560

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IMG_8551.JPGBaba Khumalo’s next wish is to build a separate building for the creche, so that the children have space to play and learn.  CAST is supporting this venture, and you can too by donating a few practical items:

  • Mattresses
  • Blankets
  • A big carpet for the children to sit on
  • Rice
  • Tinned foods (i.e. beans, Lucky Star)
  • Mealie Meal
  • Jungle Oats

Over the years, God has always faithfully provided for the Khumalos to reach children in their community. Please be in prayer as CAST partners with the Khumalos to impact more children with the love of Christ. If you are interested in getting involved or donating towards Imanamalo , contact Joseph Bode at: joseph@cast.org.za or 031 267 1716

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Kingdom Daughters

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Appelsbosch Baptist Church is a long-time partner of CAST, and is located in the Ilembe district, neighbouring the other partner CAST communities of Noodsberg and Chibini.  High rates of teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and lack of activities and work opportunities keep the youth in this community from realising their potential.

Through inspiration from CAST, Mrs. Sindi Dube (Appelsbosch Baptist Church pastor’s wife) launched the Separated Kingdom Daughters (SKD) initiative which raises awareness to young girls about teenage pregnancy, whoonga abuse, fatherlessness, etc.

The goal of the SKD initiative is to deepen the thinking of young women with regard to their infinite roles in society, enhance their self-esteem, inspire and motivate them to reach their full potential through teaching and counselling with the Word of God.

A young person from Appelsbosch was granted a bursary from SKD towards studying Maritime Engineering at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).  Those in the initiative also donated uniforms, school shoes and stationary to many learners within the community.

This initiative work is focused on seeing poverty eradicated and education prioritized.

CAST is passionate about empowering and mobilising local churches like Appelsbosch Baptist Church to make a difference in the community, especially among the vulnerable.  If you would like to know more about how CAST partners with local churches, check out our website at: cast.org.za