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Newsletter Januar 2023 (deutsche Fassung)

Liebe Lucky Beans Mitglieder, Freundinnen und Freunde,

Ich wünsche Euch allen ein frohes neues Jahr - möge das das neue Jahr mit vielen Momenten der Leichtigkeit, der Freude und des Friedens gefüllt sein. Und mögest Du in herausfordernden Momenten Zeit finden, in Stille zu sein um sich mit so viel Leichtigkeit wie möglich durch schwierige Zeiten zu bewegen.

Wir möchten Euch Heute mit unseren Projekten auf eine kleine Reflexionsreise durch das Jahr 2022 mitnehmen.

Unser Highlight im letzten Jahr war, dass wir im April 2022 endlich wieder nach Südafrika reisen und alle unsere Projekte persönlich besuchen konnten.

Jürgen hat wunderbare Aufnahmen von unserer Reise gemacht, die Ihr auf unserer Website anschauen könnt: Videos von den verschiedenen Projekten.


Newsletter January 2023 (English Version)

Dear Lucky Beans Members and Friends,

Happy New Year wishes to you all - may the year ahead be filled with many moments of ease, joy and peace. And during challenging moments, may you find time to be still and move with as much ease as possible through difficult times.

We would like to take you on a small reflection journey of 2022 with our projects.

Our highlight for last year was finally being able to return to South Africa in April 2022, and personally visit all our projects.

Jürgen recorded wonderful footage from our trip, which you can view on our website: Videos of the various projects.


Lucky Beans News November 2021 (Deutsche Version)

Liebe Unterstützer*innen

das Jahr 2021 neigt sich dem Ende zu und mir ist ein Herzensanliegen, Euch über unsere Kinderhilfsprojekte in Südafrika auf dem Laufenden zu halten. Trotz der vielfältigen Herausforderungen, denen wir uns alle auf verschiedenen Ebenen stellen mussten, haben wir die Kinder auch weiterhin unterstützen können und unsere Projekte weitergeführt.

Im Juli diesen Jahres wurde Südafrika, nach der Verhaftung des ehemaligen Präsidenten Jacob Zuma, von Plünderungen, Ausschreitungen und Brandstiftung in KwaZulu Natal erschüttert. Die Menschen dort erlebten die schlimmsten Gewalteskalationen seit der Einführung der Demokratie im Jahr 1994. Was mich immer wieder tief berührt, ist die Entschlossenheit, der Mut und die Kreativität der Südafrikaner*innen, die es gewohnt sind mit Widrigkeiten zu leben und wo auch immer es geht, Lösungen zu finden.

Es gab und gibt immer noch eine unglaubliche Solidarität unter den Menschen, viele Gemeinden taten sich zusammen um ihre Häuser, Geschäfte und das soziale Miteinander zu schützen.

Wir bleiben auch weiterhin mit diesen Gemeinden und den besonderen Menschen verbunden. Sie sind entschlossen, den Kindern eine positive Zukunft zu bieten und dabei trotzdem das Leben in vollen Zügen zu genießen.


Shine with Kindness for our children...

Throughout 2019 we have been able to sponsor 2 children through school, thanks to the funding we have been receiving.

Action in Autism:

Daniel is a young boy with Autism and has done very well in the Action in Autism school system this year, in preparation for going into a regular school system in 2020. We are so pleased to have been able to support Daniel this year. Some words from Kirsty Miller, the Manager:

"Daniel is doing exceptionally well - we are so proud of him. He is passionate about books and reading, and will spend hours pouring over books and going through vocab with whichever adult is prepared to sit with him and model language. He is doing so beautifully in every area of development, and we are so thankful to you and Lucky Beans for providing the opportunity for him to receive the full intervention and therapy programme at our Centre. He is probably our brightest star to be graduating from us at year-end."

We wish Daniel all the very best in his new school!

We will be looking to sponsor another child or a program at AIA in 2020.


Music Voyage - the Drakondale project (leadership through music):

Our sponsored child, Aphilie, has nearly completed her first year at Drakondale Music School in South Africa, a unique schooling opportunity where music is the main focus alongside regular classes. She is doing very well. We are very proud of her commitment, her cheerful kind manner and enthusiasm.

Our objective is to support Aphile for the next 4 years.

Drakondale is looking for funding for a second child, Anele, whose family's financial situation has become very dire. Despite a very challenging family situation, she is a vey determined young lady who wishes to aspire to more than her background has allowed up until now. She is an exceptional student (one of their best) and whom they do not want to lose. If you are interested to find out more about her and the schooling costs, please feel free to contact me.


Lidgetton Community Project - our Soup Kitchen

Nokuthula is doing well in the Soup Kitchen. She is feeding about 30 children per week at the moment, as well as giving food parcels to 5 families.

Shine with Kindness Yoga Charity Event:

Shine with KindnessOur Shine with Kindness Yoga event on 15th September at Jardeco in Wachtberg was a great success!!

Thank you to all those who were involved in supporting this event. We were about 60 people moving and breathing to very inspiring live mantra Music for the benefit of others. It was a smooth happy event and we were able to raise €1400, which we will feed back into our educational programs above.

We still have limited stocks of our beautiful Shine with Kindness Tote Bags on offer for 10€. If you wish to purchase one, please let me know.

I specifically had them made from a very inspiring Brazilian company called From Belo - have a look at what they do! https://www.frombelo.com

When you buy a bag you support a meal, this time in Brazil. We are all connected.

A BIG thank you to our members who are quietly present and support us in a way that gives us motivation to continue believing in what we do. The fruits of this work will show themselves in the next generation.

Thank you for supporting us in a way that feels good for you. The magic about supporting our work is that we are personally connected to each project and know exactly where out funds are going, which means you will too.

To being inspired through helping others,


Autumn News from Lucky Beans

Despite not being based in South Africa, Lucky Beans e.V. has been active in three small projects this year, which all quietly make a difference in the lives of many under-privileged children. We should never assume we cannot make a difference when we are not local. The "privilege" of being based in Germany, offers us the opportunity to do far more than we can even begin to realise, especially since the SA Rand is so weak right now - our euros go very far.

Now for an update on what we have been involved in....

Angel Ruth’s Soup Kitchen and Music Voyage

At the end of July I was fortunate enough to return to South Africa with Anton, our son, for three weeks.

Amongst seeing family, and teaching a yoga retreat, I also got to catch up with Nokuthula in Lidgetton at Angel Ruth's Soup Kitchen, which is running well now. She is happy with the set-up and has found a good rhythm with the children.

While I was visiting her, I also got to meet with Katherine and Vanessa from Music Voyage. We planned a music workshop for teachers in the Lidgetton area with one of their musicians, Justus, who is a drummer. The workshop, sponsored by Lucky Beans, took place on 20th September at Angel Ruth’s Soup Kitchen, with 10 teaches present. It was a great success. All the teachers were taught basic music skills which they can easily integrate into their classrooms or groups of children with whom they are working.

Thank you Music Voyage and Justus for sharing your amazing skills and passion.

Music is an integral part of these communities, so our intention was to offer a free workshop where the teachers, who are very influential in moulding the lives of the next generation, can offer some musical input for the children to learn through music, play and movement.

Nokuthula will now be able to use her training with the children who come to the soup kitchen.

Our Aims for 2018/2019:

Lucky Beans is looking for a small sponsorship to support Nokuthula in her teaching development. We would like to increase her salary by an extra €250 per year.

Music Voyage are looking for a sponsorship for a very talented young musician, Aphile. Please see next Blog entry.

Music Voyage would also like to set-up a new Marimba band - they are looking for sponsorship for the marimbas.

Action in Autism (AIA) - http://www.actioninautism.org.za

At the end of our trip, we were fortunate enough to visit Action in Autism in Durban, a local run school for children with Autism, headed by a friend, Kirsty Miller.

My parents and Anton came with me - we were all very touched by this experience.

Why? Because they are a truly dedicated group of teachers and carers who are so committed to supporting these children on their life path and helping them to integrate as much as possible into life.

This school operates on a first-come-first-serve basis - this means any child can be accepted no matter what their financial situation. As a result they have many cases where the parents don’t have adequate financial means to pay the full amount for the school fees. AIA are looking for sponsors for specific children in their program - Sponsor-a-child program.

On this trip we were able to fund a Sponsored event for the mothers of the children, as well as the music for the opening of their new school and hall.

Our Aim for 2019: Lucky Beans aims to support AIA children on a more regular basis when funds permit.

If you are interested in the Sponsor-a-child program, please feel free to contact us. We have the details of the children who need funding, then we can inform you of the amount(s).

Beautiful handmade Cards to buy from us - for Christmas or other occasions

Pia Perren, from Kartenpoint, very kindly donated some beautiful cards, which we will sell on a donation basis to raise funds for Lucky Beans e.V.

You pay the price of the value you place on the card(s).

If you would like to purchase cards, they are on view in our praxis or look at Pia’s website to view the cards. http://www.kartenpoint.ch

Please contact us for purchasing our cards, not Pia.

If you wish to make a non-specific donation for any of our projects, please make a payment directly to our Lucky Beans bank account.

Triodos Bank N.V. Deutschland

IBAN: DE 5050031000 1032803004


Thank you to all those who are in some way involved in supporting our projects. We are always open to new members and new ideas.

Warm wishes,


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