Bethesda Childrens Home- Update and Thanks
Just a quick blog post about a wonderful Children’s Home in Soweto called Bethesda that is run by
the Salvation Army. I have written about them before but just thought I would
write a quick update as Past Experiences has decided to adopt the home and help
out when ever we can!
Firstly I would like to use the opportunity to thank all those that have
made donations in time, goods or financially. We put a note on Facebook just
before Christmas asking for any donations and could not believe how generous
all our Past Experiences customers (lets rather call them friends) were! We received
R2000 in donations from individuals, families and corporates. We were also
completely bowled over by those who attended our end of year Christmas party at
the home! You were such a help and I cannot thank you enough.
Last week Monday we went and dropped them off and also threw a small
birthday party for the kids whose Birthday it has been in the last 3 months.
Captain Nomsa supplied birthday gifts and we supplied cake, hot dogs and ice
cream. It is definitely going to have to be a regular event as one little boy
asked if we were coming back for his Birthday in July- I had to answer yes!
We hope to make visiting the kids a regular event so any donations
(clothes etc are welcome) as we are a small family business and can only do so
Thanks again to all those that donated!
Our guide Tania has also come up with the best idea- we will be visiting the
home on Easter weekend for an Easter Egg hunt so any chocolate donations are
Just before Christmas we had a party, made party hats, had lunch, played and danced with the kids! We
also just spent time with them which I think is the most important thing! They
just love being hugged and talked to! The kids and staff at the home
(particularly the most awesome matron Captain Nomsa) are just so fantastic and
you cannot but feel absolutely swept up in the excitement and craziness of over
30 kids when you visit!
We did not spend all of the donations on the party but rather decided to buy a
few items that they needed after the festive season. They decided on school
shirts and underwear so 2 weeks ago we went out and bought 2 huge bags for
If you would like to find out more about our relationship to Bethesda please follow this link: Giving Back to the Community
All Photography by Tania Olsson.
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