Celebrating a birthday on a river-boat in Berlin

IMG_7850 boat tour VolkerMy cousin had a great idea to celebrate his ‘big’ birthday with friends from all over Germany on a river-boat in the capital of Germany,  in Berlin. He requested: ‘ no birthday gifts please, but a voluntary donation for the benefit of the children of the ‘Homes to Grow’ in South Africa’!       The generous group of his friends collected over R 14 000  for us!  Thank you, cousin for this brilliant idea. Blessings to you and your friends for your kind support!

Speech Therapy Session

Children sometimes need remedial lessons in speech.  One of our little girls has been having classes for a long time and has improved enormously.  Yesterday Stephanie used sequencing cards and through Mama Joyce she told her a story.  Then she mixed up the order of the cards and asked her to put them back in order.  She did it well.  Trustee, Diana, who had not seen her for a while, was so impressed at the improvement. However, she seemed to have a need to suck her thumb and would not sit still.  She loved the high fives, though, whenever she got anything right.  Her S sound is also improving.  We did this for 45 minutes, including manipulation of the position of her lips and nose when necessary.

This kind of support enhances their life skills, which will always serve her well.

At the speech therapist's
At the speech therapist’s

Fundraising: The 2015 Calendars

The 2015 calendar is out!!

Artist Emma Appels-Riley captures Cape scenes with a touch of whimsy in a splash of riotous colours.  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the St Francis Church, the oldest Anglican church in South Africa and tribute is paid to this historic milestone in the front of the calendar.    The early history of the church as well as other churches in Simon’s Town is portrayed in Boet Dommisse’s book “The Six Saints of Simon’s Town” .  Sadly Boet passed away a few months after the book was launched, but it is a wonderful tribute that the funds from the sale of this book are all donated to St Francis Trust for the running of the “Homes To Grow” project which supports vulnerable and abandoned children affected by HIV/Aids.

All enquiries may be directed to Uwe Hass: uweh@realtime.co.za or Monika du Sautoy: peteandme@mweb.co.za

These calendars can be purchased at the following venues: Reader’s Warehouse, Tokai, Wordsworth, Sunvalley Mall, Simon’s Town Pharmacy,  ST Thomas Church , Rondebosch. St Margaret’s Church Fishhoek. Further distribution points to be advised.

St Peter’s Mission Visit and the “Love Quilts”

The St Francis trust members are grateful for the tremendous input and fellowship they have gained from partnering with their overseas associates.  They inject a fulfillment of purpose and the “Homes to Grow” project benefits from their ongoing committment.

Dynamic in so many ways:  in their giving, faith, support, compassion.  This sums up the recent mission visit of the members of the St Peter’s Episcopal Church, from Arlington, Virginia.  Volunteers came to be actively be involved in a ‘hands-on’ experience, as well as the committed team who contribute towards the Love Quilt project.

This year Gretchen Ginnerty, the co-ordinator of the “Love Quilts” came bearing another batch, this time one hundred precious handcrafted quilts.  This follows the trip at the beginning of 2013 when 36 quilts were distributed to vulnerable or orphaned children in foster care.

The first stop was in Pretoria, where Diana Higgs organised the events and an exhibition of the quilts at the US Ambassador’s Waterkloof Embassy.  Half of the quilts were distributed there to the needy children of the Tumelong Mission.

The remaining quilts were then brought to Cape Town and exhibited at the Baptist King of Kings Church in Sun Valley.  Children from the “Home from Home” organisation are the recipients of these fifty heartfelt gifts.

Quarterly Newsletter – March 2014

By Monika du Sautoy

We have great news! – After almost 18 months of tireless searching for a second plot, I am happy to report, that we have come to an agreement, signed papers and made the down-payment for a new piece of land in Masiphumelele. It is, like our first one, located in a quiet street – a few blocks away from the first home. It is smaller though, and has an RDP house on it. Quite a lot of changes will be needed to accommodate six children and a foster mother, but we hope that after the plans have been passed, the house will be completed by the end of the year, and that we will be able to welcome our next foster mother and her children around Christmas.

January left us with thankful hearts towards people who care for our children. Bruce Matthew inquired what the children would need/like and we told him that they did not have balls to play with. A week later I received a big bag with a football, a basketball, big rubber balls and several small balls.
Debbie Duraan, the owner of the Salty Sea Dog, supplies me regularly with fish for five foster homes.
The audiologist who examined one of our girls – and who saw her pro bono – found her to have normal hearing. The speech therapist, Stephanie Wainright, does not charge us and provides our foster mom with a new list of exercisesafter every session. Our friend, Germa Zeijen, of the Ibhongo Trust in the Netherlands has granted us the use of her beautiful paintings of African scenes for a birthday calendar.
Alice Butterworth, one of our associates, bought our foster mother a new stove – she insisted that it was part of her tithe.We are very grateful to all these kind persons (and others not mentioned here)who support this cause in such a gracious way. In addition our associate, Liz Hardman, prepared our Facebooksite: http://www.facebook.com/homestogrow and is revamping our website: http://www.stfrancistrust.org   She has done a very good job and the new site is ‘going live’ soon.

After some disappointing efforts to find a venue and soccer club closer to Masi, our boy is now a member of the FishHoek AFC and plays soccer twice a week on the FishHoeksportsfield. It is great to watch him give his all and return from the field tired, smiling and ready to go home, – satisfied with himself!

In February Joyce and I received an invitation from Bishop Margaret to attend the First Eucharist of the Third Synod of the FalseBay diocese. We felt very honoured.

The highlight in March was the launch of Professor Boet Dommisse’s book, ‘The Six Saints of Simon’s Town.’ It is the story of St Francis and five other churches over the 200 years of their existence, through sad, humorous and of course historical events. The St Francis Outreach Trust hosted this evening and welcomed the Historical Society of Simon’s Town and a great number of interested people who filled the church almost to capacity. Following the lecture and musical interlude by Sonja Braesleron our very special organ, the trust invited guests to the church hall for snacks and a glass of wine.
The income from the book is going entirely to the Trust for the benefit of our – soon to be two – homes. We are very grateful to Professor Dommisse.

We are excited about the video which was taken by Carey Fenn, a professional and also soft-hearted fan of our children. She too promised to do all her work pro bono.

I cannot say often enough that, besides our generous supporters, the core of this project are the trustees who give so much and take only their satisfaction at the smiles of the children. I am fortunate to be a part of this team.

Monika du Sautoy
St Francis Outreach Trust

St Peter’s and the “Love Quilts” 2014

News on the forthcoming mission visit by members of the St Peter’s Episcopal Church

By Diana Higgs

In July and August 2014 a group from St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington VA, will be returning to our shores. They will have 100 beautiful “love quilts” with them. These quilts are to be given to disadvantaged orphan children in Pretoria and Cape Town. This idea, follows on the successful quilt shows and delivery of 36 quilts to foster homes in January 2013.

There will be two quilt expos. The first one will take place on Saturday 26 July 2014 between noon and 1600. It will be in the community hall of the US Ambassador’s residence in Waterkloof Pretoria. As there are no organised foster homes in Pretoria, 50 quilts will go to children who come from Tumelong Mission, the Mission and Development arm of the Anglican Diocese of Pretoria. We intend to make the day all about our children. The intention is to have the youth of St Francis Anglican Church Waterkloof Pta, interact and entertain our children. They will have a boerewors braai and will leave the venue with their quilts.

One week later on Saturday 2 Aug 2014 in the parish hall of King of Kings Baptist Church we will have our second quilt expo. Details to follow. The quilts will be handed over to children in orphan homes under the Home from Home banner.

If anyone would like more information about these shows or the project in general, you are welcome to contact Diana Higgs by cell on 0845053549 or by email dwdhiggs@gmail.com

Quilts exhibited during the 2013 visit.