Christmas Tree Festival

Last weekend, St Thomas’ Church in Chesterfield had a Christmas Tree Festival for local voluntary groups and businesses – an impressive display of over 60 trees.  The Thursday morning ladies group produced one in support of Masoyi Trust.

Masoyi Christmas Tree

Masoyi Christmas Tree

The bare branch represents the poor and vulnerable, and the lights, the light of Christ.  The tree is decorated with photographs of eMasoyi volunteers and beneficiaries of the various programmes funded by the Trust.  Well done, and Thank you, ladies!

“Hunger Lunch”

Last Sunday, St. Thomas Brampton Thursday Ladies Group ran a hunger lunch for about 30 people.  It was the church’s Harvest Sunday, a day to give thanks to God for all his generous provision for us, so an appropriate occasion to reflect God’s generosity in generosity to those who go hungry.  A bowl of soup and a bread roll did not leave anyone actually hungry, but the suggestion was that people paid what they would have done for a full meal not just soup.

It raised £322 on the day, which is expected to rise to £370 with subsequent donations.  The money will go towards food programmes funded by Masoyi Trust; £370 is what we donate for 20 food parcels each month.

[Sadly, our photographer was too busy eating soup and talking to take any pictures!]

New Shoes – Lots!

“eMasoyi recently received a donation of roughly 50 pairs of shoes and boots from the manager of a local clothing store.  The shoes were distributed to orphaned and vulnerable children who were fortunate enough to have the right shoe sizes.  The oversized shoes and boots were then distributed among the care workers who needed them the most.

“Khensani Mokoena, a former Peer Education coordinator, who now manages the clothing store, has on many other occasions remembered eMasoyi whenever she has had something to give.”

New Shoes

From a Report from Michael Bobbert:

“I had several pleas from Don*., who kept on asking me to buy him school shoes because the ones he had had worn out.  Fortunately, we found a few rands, and I was able to buy him a new pair, so that he could continue going to school with confidence.

“The picture show the school shoes that Donovan was due to receive. Sadly, I had to pass the shoes to Mamatjie [driver] to give them to him when they went out to do home-based care.”

102.Shoes forDon

*Masoyi Trust (UK) funded a house for Don. in 2018.  He is a keen student and gardener.

eMasoyi

This is to let you know that Masoyi Home Based Care Project has changed its name to eMasoyi Community Development Foundation (eMasoyi).  “Masoyi” means “soil”, and “eMasoyi” means “turn the soil” [in preparation for planting and produce], which seems most appropriate given our aims!

There are two main reasons for the change.  Home based care has always been the bedrock of the organization, and will continue to be so, but over the years, other activities have been added, to support and develop those receiving care: staff training; support groups; workshops; food parcels; feeding programmes; peer education; house repair and new builds; health education.  “Community Development” better describes this range of provision.

Secondly, in the minds of major funders, the term “home based care” has become associated with small organizations with limited skills and reach, which does not describe eMasoyi.  The new title should position the organization more accurately when it comes to grant applications.

Here in the UK, we will generally use the shortened “eMasoyi”.

Presentation (and AGM)

Your yearly chance to catch up on what Masoyi Trust (UK) and the workers in Masoyi have been up to recently.  As last year, we plan to focus on an illustrated talk and presentation lasting 30-40 minutes, with the opportunity for comments and questions.  The AGM itself will be by way of a brief slide presentation again – so not in the least bit boring!

We will provide tea and coffee, and because we encourage you to stay on to meet the team and chat with other supporters, we suggest you bring a packed lunch.  Oh, you will probably need to know when and where, won’t you?

SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER, 11AM TO 1.15PM

St. John’s Church, Queen Victoria Road, Tupton, Chesterfield, S42 6ED

For directions, go to http://www.stjohnstupton.co.uk/contact.htm.

Bul. Family

The Bul. Family consists of five members, a mother and her four children.  They live in a four-room house, and the house is in very bad shape.  The two eldest siblings managed to pass their grade 12, but they are currently sitting at home because they do not have money to go to university to further their studies.  The other two are still at school, with one doing grade 12 and the other doing grade 2.

Sip. Bul.

Sip. Bul. collecting a food parcel

Their mother is critically ill; she is on treatment [ARV’s] and they are struggling with food and other basic household needs.  Only one child receives the child support grant which is around R430.00 per month, which isn’t enough for the five family members. Their mother was their only bread winner after the passing of their father, but since the mother is sick, their situation has worsened.

We placed them on the Masoyi Trust food parcel programme because the food that they buy with the R430.00 does not last until month end. We are hoping that the two eldest sisters will be able to find some work so that they can take care of their mother and their younger siblings.