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.Weiterlesen...
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.Weiterlesen...
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.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
As 2021 draws to a close, I would like to offer some impulses from our children’s projects in South Africa over the past year.
Despite the obvious challenges that we all had to face on different levels, our children were still sponsored and our projects continued.
In July this year, South Africa was gripped by a frenzy of looting, rioting and arson in Kwazulu Natal after the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. They experienced the worse scenes of violence since the advent of democracy in 1994.
Many communities rallied together to protect their homes, business and communities. Despite the chaos there was an incredible solidarity amongst many people.
What always touches me deeply is the sheer determination, courage and creativity of the South Africans, who are used to facing adversity.
This is why we continue to stay connected to these communities and amazing people, who are determined to live life fully and offer the children a positive future.Weiterlesen...
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:
Our 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,