Dear friends, It has been a busy, rewarding first year for Children's Sanctuary Namibia Society. We are most grateful for all your loving support over the past year and we invite you to visit our revised website. We are pleased to announce the first annual general meeting of the Society. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 28 at 11 am. Three key reports will be given at the meeting: a financial report, a report on the Society's activities, and a report from Helge Mercker, our agent on the ground in Namibia. An election of officers follows the reports. At present, those standing for office are: Terry Adler (for position of President); Ellen Besso (for position of Vice-President); Betty Owen (for position of Treasurer); Judy Dunbar (for position of Secretary). Helge Mercker and Diane Mawson are each standing for two positions of Members at Large. We welcome your attendance at this meeting which will be held at the Garden Guest House, 488 Central Avenue in Gibsons, BC With deep gratitude and appreciation for all of your support shown. Warm regards, Judy Dunbar, Terry Adler, Betty Owen, Ellen Besso, Helge Mercker, Diane Mawson, Mimi Gellman
When Kindergarten teacher Diane Mawson heard about CSNS and the Sandveld Kindergarten children in Drimiopsis, Namibia, she was instantly drawn to learn more. She felt inspired to reach out to the teachers there, Jeremiah and Lydia Moletsane, to launch a “buddy class” with her Kindergarten class in North Vancouver, BC. As “buddy classes” they would learn about each others’ culture and about one another. Jeremiah and Lydia greeted Diane’s request with great enthusiasm and so began a new, exciting relationship between cross-cultural kindergarten classes.
Diane’s students were very keen to share the words and actions of their alphabet song with their new buddies, so they videotaped their performance and sent it to Namibia. Their new friends were excited to receive a new and different alphabet song.
The Canadian class decided to involve their Grade 7 buddies so they could also learn about Namibia. Inspired by what they were learning, the K-7 buddies decided to hold popsicle sales to raise funds for the Sandveld Kindergarten’s food program. And so “Pops for Namibia” was born!
Mr. Simm’s Grade Sevens assumed a leadership role in the project, helping their younger buddies create posters for the events, present the “Pops for Namibia” project at a school assembly, and sell popsicles at outdoor stations during recess. This successful project raised $1,138.82 for the Sandveld Kindergarten class!!
At a school assembly, two of Diane’s kindergarten students presented a giant cheque to CSNS Board member Judy Dunbar, a former teacher at the school. Judy was thrilled by the efforts of these caring students.
Inspired by her student’s enthusiastic efforts and by their new knowledge, Diane is looking forward to continuing to build the relationship with their Sandveld buddies in the upcoming school year. Language has not presented any barriers, as English is the common language in both locations. The challenges of unreliable wifi connections and different school vacation times are easily overcome by the love bonds being forged between these remarkable students on both sides of the ocean.
House Concert Fundraiser for CSNS
The Love embodied by Helge Mercker finds a beautiful expression in the help she provides to orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa, tirelessly working through Children’s Sanctuary Namibia (CSN) to provide food security for the children of the Drimiopsis Resettlement camp in Eastern Namibia.
On April 8th, Al and Jeanne Fike hosted a House Concert Fundraiser for Children’s Sanctuary Namibia Society, (CSNS), the newly established Canadian sister organization to CSN), in their beautiful Gibsons home. The concert, featuring soulful music by Jill Shatford and colleagues, was a joyful event attended by 45 people.
The afternoon included a silent auction of items donated by local supporters, and the sale of angel pins lovingly created by Sabine Wink-Tudor, our friend in Germany.
The $2556 raised will be used to feed children in the Kindergarten program and to dig a well to supply the envisioned Sanctuary that will house the children.
If your soul invites you to put your Love into action, please visit our Take Action page for information about how you can contribute.
“This project might look small to you yet it makes a big difference in lives.”
Theresa Matengu, Childrens’ Sanctuary Namibia Board Member & Teacher
Judy Dunbar, a board member on the Canadian side of the water, knows the power of a gift of a dollar. Judy took clippings from over 60 plants in her garden and placed them on a street table in front of her home on the West Coast of Canada, offering them for sale to assist with food purchases for the orphan children CSNS helps, on the ground in Namibia. A “thank you” from the Kindergarten children of the settlement of Drimiopsis, Namibia, and information sheets accompanied the plants.
The sale raised $280 and increased awareness about the work of CSNS in our neighborhood. Judy loved connecting with her neighbours in this way, and plans a larger sale next Spring.
“With all the love you nurture those plants for the sake of others, all I can say is thank you.” - Theresa
Coming soon: updates on our recent fundraiser and news from Namibia.