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The village safe haven, power of we, blog action day 2012

Once a year Blog Action Day urge bloggers to write about a specific theme. This year’s theme is “Power of We”

When I saw this topic, I immediately thought it is a good opportunity to write about an organisation that I am involved with – The Village Safe Haven.

As the name suggests, The Village is a safe haven for abused and abandoned children of all ages. It is a truly inspiring establishment with which to be associated. There are currently 23 children who live there, all from a variety of backgrounds – some were abandoned as babies, some have been abused and others orphaned.

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What makes this environment so homely and family orientated is the incredible team effort shown by special individuals, companies and society in general. Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths – two huge grocery stores in South Africa deserve a specific mention for their generous sponsorship of the food for the children. Also, nothing goes to waste. If The Village has enough food they “pay it forward” and take the left over donations to the church or to other shelters in the area so that as many people as possible can positively gain from the initial donation.

What is also heart warming, is the thoughtfulness of all the good Samaratins out there. Often while sitting on my patio at home, a neighbour will pop past with a potentially life changing donation of clothes, shoes, toiletries, books, blankets, furniture, electronics etc. or tell us “we needed soap, so we bought 12 bars instead”. Anything they can spare to help the home really goes a long way. Again, if there is no use for these gifts or amenities, they are sent to other non-profit organisations so that they may be used elsewhere.

There are also other ways in which companies improve the kids lives. Instead of sponsoring material items or consumables, organisations have sponsored outings to the movies or the Zoo, and schools have made special allowance for specific financial constraints to ensure an education is still possible.

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The generosity and general feeling of community shown by all of the above examples is so heart warming, especially in our current social climate.

What I specifically love about working at The Village is how everyone helps each other and although it may be a seemingly simple or trivial gesture, it is valued, appreciated and acknowledged. Even though most of them are unrelated, the children all work together, as a family. Whether it’s helping each other with homework, playing games in the garden or doing the dishes – there is always a huge feeling of togetherness and teamwork.

The power of We is wonderful force and an integral component of what makes The Village such a successful institution. The power of the “We” – the community, schools, individuals, sponsors and the children themselves help to nurture the growth of our future in  teaching the value, importance and influence of doing good toward others.

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A romantic through and through, I see beauty in everyday things and love to draw inspiration from everything I am surrounded by. I live in JHB but travel to Cape Town often. Comfortable in both urban and outdoor environments - I take a natural, fun spontaneous approach to capturing life events.