John and I have just returned from our annual trip to South Africa. The
school is looking fantastic and the vegetable garden
has become a reality. What a difference running water is making. The
children now have
breakfast and lunch
at school. Both of us thought the
children looked healthier. This year we purchased pine cafeteria
furniture. Finally, the children don't have to sit on the floor
while having lunch.
Now that we are
over all the major hurdles with Mazinyane Preschool, we felt it was now
time to find another needy area to build the next preschool. Outside of
Bay National Park in the province of Kwa Zulu Natal, South
Africa is a rural Zulu village. At the moment, Sunshine Preschool is
operating from a 2-room shack. 75-100
preschoolers attend this facility. Ages 2-4 are in a classroom that has 3
posters. The other
classroom for ages 4-7 has a few more things.
We have partnered
up with KZN
Wildlife to oversee this project and currently they are getting
quotes on the project. The plans are to build the same time of facility
as what we have in Lillydale B. At this stage we have no idea of costs
and are focusing our efforts on the fundraising.
Mariane are off to South Africa in April and May and are really looking
forward to their visit to both areas.
A full report will be posted by June. Our updated DVD, "Dream
Continues" is finally done! This 36 minute documentary
shows the construction, the drive to have it completed by May 16, 2002,
the opening ceremonies, and ongoing improvements as well as footage of
the new project in Sodwana Bay . For a minimum donation of CAD50.00 we
will mail you a copy. To those that donated in 2006, we are in the
process of mailing out copies. A special thanks to Jim Eidt of Pan
Productions for his many hours of editing and creativity on this DVD.