“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa
The students and adults from Up with Down’s recently began packing the contents for this years’ Christmas Packs. The students knew exactly what they were doing as this is the third year that the students have worked on this project. Last year was a huge success! The colorful backpacks were made especially for us by Loving Covers. They are filled with toiletry items and will be delivered this month to needy children in Lesotho and South Africa.
Each Christmas Pack contains shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, Vaseline, and a face cloth for each child.
There is great satisfaction in the work that the students and adults at Up With Down’s is doing. Through their packing projects they are providing hope for children who have very little. You can see the satisfaction in the smiles on their faces! A special project, prepared by special hands. Thanks Up with Down’s for helping us make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children!
To assist us with the distribution of the Christmas packs visit:
Africa Christmas Packs and Braai
The children of Syferfontein being loved…
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….” – Dr. Seuss
We want to bring Christmas to the kids in Southern Africa by providing our children with new backpacks containing toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, Vaseline, face cloth, and a special treat for each of them to enjoy.
Would you consider helping us bring the gift of Christmas to these children in Southern Africa? $20 will cover the cost to purchase, assemble, and distribute each pack.
Anchor Your Life’s American team joined Up With Down’s for an unforgettable trip to Lesotho and South Africa.
“By far the biggest concern and problem that we picked up during these evaluations is a lack of stimulation between children and parents. We found that this is mainly due to the fact that families lack books, toys, games and parental knowledge and guidance. Children that are not in school yet hang around the streets playing with dirty water or with anything they can find in the streets.
Because of these circumstances we found a big delay in reaching their milestones compared to other children their own age. We found low muscle tone and muscle bulk, poor balance, core stability, coordination and proprioception. These toddlers all appear smaller than their age, weak and with very little muscle strength. They are cognitively behind and struggle with concentration.
Children learn through playing and get stronger through repetition. Due to the vast number of children that we have seen in Syferfontein, we feel that putting up a playground with the correct and necessary equipment to address the above mentioned problems it would be a good start to help them develop.” – Bertha DuPlessis and Karen LeRoux
Low areas filled!
Equipment starts to arrive
You can help us with the playground…
Two years ago Jan Seegmuller, the founder and director of Up with Down’s Centre for Special Needs Learners, and I decide to combine efforts to make a bigger difference in children’s lives in Southern Africa. The plan: Anchor Your Life purchases the contents for a variety of packs that help meet basic physical needs; Up with Down’s students assemble the packs; and together we distribute the packs in Lesotho and in the George community (South Africa) where the school is located.
Next month I will be heading to Lesotho along with 7 Americans, Jan and 3 representatives from Up with Down’s.
This trip gives us the chance to distribute the winter packs that the students in George have been assembling over the last few weeks. Not only will we have the chance to provide warmth to our kids in Lesotho as they head into the bitter winter months, but a chance to share God’s love in tangible ways to the children!
Pray for us as we make our journey to Lesotho:
-That our travels would be safe and that our trip would be meaningful and full of fruit.
-That our winter packs would be an encouragement to the children that we work with and give them hope as they head into the colder months.
-That our special needs students would see the impact that they are making and leave with a renewed confidence and desire to help those less fortunate.
-That we would all experience God’s love in a new way and share His message of hope with every opportunity.
I am looking forward to seeing the smiles on our children’s faces. Each trip I grow more excited as I witness the incredible work God is doing in Lesotho and Southern Africa! Together we are making a difference! Online donation.