What we are doing now:
Early July. We are considering launching a campaign to raise money for another house – £3,500.
Mid-June. Revision to the numbers below: 0ver 1,100 patients, and 1,100 children – for 44 home-based care workers. Don. is now in his new house, and very happy! Micheal Bobbert received the new laptop computer on 20 June, and two days later he was with his college IT trainer getting it set up and ready. We have sent £2,850 to the Project for July/August.
Early June. A few more supporters have given consent to stay in touch, but a significant number can no longer receive updates from us. Selina had a baby a couple of weeks ago. The Project have reviewed and revised the number of patients and children they support: over 1,100 patients (up from 400!), and over 300 children (down from 1,100!). These numbers may be revised again.
Mid-May. Previously, home visitors were divided between healthcare and children. Now, careworkers cover both, working in teams based in each of the seven centres in Masoyi. This means bigger teams, with more skills to share. It also means changes to our monthly prayer bulletin from June, to reflect this.
Early May. With the new data protection regulations coming into force, we have been asking our supporters to give their consent to being contacted by us. Sadly, so far only half have responded. We are awaiting news of Selina and Claudia [childcare], who are both heavily pregnant.
Late April. We have just sent £3,400 to the Project! This includes: full funding for 20 food parcels; money for a much-needed laptop and backup drive; a little more to help finish off Don.’s new home. We have a new ‘strapline’: Giving a hand in changing lives.
Early April. House No. 3 is completed, with outside toilet. Don. still needs a proper bed and some other fittings before it is finally finished. In addition to the grant (mid-March), we have received donations which have put us in a much healthier financial position for the time being – thank you, Lord. Frank and Ruthie Wey’s supporters have funded a food parcel stockpile for patients for the next few months.
Late March. Three new supporters! We have had a request to fund a computer hard drive backup, a laptop carry-bag, and a new laptop if possible – but we have no surplus funds at the moment. The Project has decided to spread the food parcels out across 20 families, alternating ten each month – in other words, they really need twice as many food parcels as a minimum.
Mid-Mar. We have been awarded a £5,000 grant specifically for funding food parcels for child-headed families and the lunchtime feeding programmes over the next 12 months. This will free up other income for the other programmes we work with. Excellent timing!
Mid-Feb. We only had £1,100 to send for our Mar/Apr programmes: income has dried up. Fortunately, the Project has spent only part of the Jan/Feb donation so far, so we hope nobody will miss out. House No.3 is now complete apart from furnishings and the toilet.
End-January. Sadly, our grant application was unsuccessful.
Mid-January. The Project office re-opened last week after their Christmas/summer break. Yesterday’s Management team meeting grappled with regulatory policies, procedures and documentation (!), as well as considering how to widen our fund-raising.
End-December. Our grant application has been submitted – the wait begins. We have sent £3,111 to the Project, £897 to complete the funding for House No.3 and £2,214 for our Jan/Feb programmes.
Mid-December. House No.3 is currently being roofed. The Project offices close for Christmas and their summer holiday on 19th.
Early December. Sadly, Operational Director, Jabu Themba’s husband died last week. We have started discussing with the Project our funding plans for 2018. We are about to submit an application to a grant-making body, primarily to fund food programmes and build one house.
Mid-November. We have had photos of the foundations being dug out for House No.3, with mountains of hardcore and sand at the ready! Another funder has stepped in to fund worker payments for some of the Peer Education facilitators – at a much higher rate (about £100pm). So for Oct-Dec, our contribution is being spread among the remaining facilitators, one at £100pm and the others at £50pm. The new funder will also pay for a camp for the peer educators during 2018, which has not been possible recently.
end-October. We sent a £1,760 donation to the Project to complete the funding for our regular programmes to the end of 2017. This was less than we usually send, but the Project was under-spending on several programmes, so the sums should balance! Work has started on House No.3, so we await news and photos!
October. Our Annual General Meeting (and management team meeting) was on Saturday 7th, with a financial and narrative Powerpoint report for 2016-17, and news from the current year. We also saw Jo and Dan’s slideshow from their visit in June.
Among other things, the management team agreed a fund-raising dinner in the Lincoln area early in the New Year. We acknowledged various new legal requirements we must meet; and planned how to deal with the funding shortfall we are facing.
September. The Project have secured title on the land to build House No.3. Building materials are about to be delivered.
August. We have sent a £2,260 donation to the Project to fund our regular programmes during September and October.
August. We have sent a £2,338 donation to the Project to enable them to start work on what we are calling House No.3, for an eighteen-year old.
July. We have received sufficient extra income over the last five months to allow us to fund a new house build for an orphan threatened with homelessness!
June. Our emergency donations are enabling the Project to maintain after-school lunchtime feeding programmes.
June. Mother and son, Jo and Dan Rylands are making an independent visit to the Project for three weeks, providing regular news and photos of all they are seeing.
15 May. Management Team Meeting:
- Potential fund-raising dinner
- We have decided to allocate up to 2% of our income to fund-raising (such as above). That would have amounted to £300 last year.
- Housebuilding. We have started to set aside money for a new house for an orphan-headed family; the target is £3-3,500, of which we have £1,750.
- We have been able to send the Project a little more than our regular commitment, to help towards emergencies.