March 2013

Yesterday we visited our doctor with a little one and he turned to me and said, where would she be in this world if Shepherd’s Keep hadn’t been there to take her in. There are other places, but he was pondering on the alternative to her never having been found.

So often, in our busyness, we lose sight of the very basics, this dear little baby, who smiles up at you and trusts that with you, everything will be alright. It’s not just about her next feed, or next medication, but actually the miracle that she is alive, with minimal health issues. It’s a reality that the only love she has known, is the love we’ve given her and will be the basis of her life-long relationships. It’s not just sentimentality, it’s a reality. The overburdened social workers may have in excess of 100 cases at once, each involving a precious child. When one understands the procedures that have to be followed to make sure that each child has an equal chance, it further compounds the seemingly impossible task they face.

So Shepherd’s Keep steps in. But, as a non-profit, Shepherd’s Keep has its own set of challenges. We receive calls almost daily from wonderful people wanting to help in some way and this newsletter has been designed to hopefully answer some questions on how you can realistically help with very practical needs that are not on our wishlist. If you would be willing to help with any of these requests please would you e-mail us on amjw@telkomsa.net for more information.

Besides the normal needs from our wishlist (which we are incredibly and deeply grateful to our donors for) It is the constant need to source income to cover the cost of our caregivers and utilities and medicines that is a challenge. We are investigating monthly pledges in the form of debit orders. We are a registered PBO which allows us to issue you a receipt for tax purposes and regular income allows us to budget effectively. Please e-mail me for more information.

Secondly, we have a large building and chapel that need constant maintenance and repairs. The most desperate right now is our roof. When it rains, it pours! Through the roof! Anyone who can offer help with roof repairs and replacing the sheets that have rotted would be a blessing to us. Our paving also desperately needs high pressure cleaning.

Thirdly, we long to redesign the verge with waterwise plants and landscaping that that promises a glimpse of the tranquillity inside, but sadly don’t have the time or resources ourselves. The entrance is important to us and if there is anyone who could donate plants for this we’d be thrilled.

We also need trees and bamboo trimmed and the trimmings removed – a large part of the property is overgrown and needs clearing quite badly.

Lastly, a very desperate and vital need, wire fencing along the roadside – 3 times this vulnerability has been used this to gain access to the property and steal equipment from our chapel.

If you are able to help with any of these needs, please would you contact us ~thank you~

 

For an e-mailed wishlist, volunteering and general queries please contact Nicole on Office Tel: 031 466 1045 or e-mail her at shepherdskeep@telkomsa.net.

Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?

Jeremiah 32:27

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