Eoin Hickey an Irish volunteer joined us on the 3rd of this month. He is volunteering his skills as an agricultural specialist and will be working on the BYAC project next to McCorkindales. He’s a great addition to the MYC team and we’re very much looking forward to working with him in the future.
Last weekend the staff and volunteers of MYC together with Gi Gi, organised a huge rice and clothes distribution in Emsutaneni Kuphukaname, Mjoliliki Carepoint and Mjoli ka Gogo. Due to the lack of rain and the failure of the crops, the people in these communities are starving.
We were also able to hand out some beautiful clothing to the children thanks to a donation from ‘Stop Hunger’. We want to thank everyone for the donations and the hard work on Sunday 31th January. Photos of this event can be found on the websites gallery.
MYC offices reopened on the 12th of January with all staff coming back to work refreshed after a lovely Summer Holiday. Kids began slowly returning to the homes afterwards with everybody gearing up to the start of school on the 26th. MYC also welcomed Evelyne Willems, Louize Bruning and Liesbeth Verlaak to it’s volunteer force. These 3 Belgian Volunteers will be volunteering their services as social workers to help MYC’s Social Welfare Department.
The marimbaband of MYC had the opportunity to perform on a gala dinner hosted by East3route. This is a development initiative between 3 countries: Swaziland, South-Africa and Mozambique. The band played their set during the reception of the event. The guests loved their performance!
In September MYC greeted the arrival of 17 new volunteers. From Belgium we have Daniela Pittomvils, Lore Janssen, Sarah Opdekamp and Sophie Geuens. From the UK Amelia Revill-Hayward , Freya Woodward , Johnny Singleton , Joanna Coulson , Lauren Angus and Matthew Hamer arrived. From Finland we welcomed Merja Huuhka, Mirjam Skarp and Ville Lappalainen. At last from the Netherland we have Dorien Lijnzaad, Kayla Zegers, Kimberly Taco and Melanie Huisman. The volunteers will be here for 3, 6 or 12 months. They will get involved in all aspects of MYC projects including teaching, sports, social welfare, evening studies at the homes and other activities. MYC is happy to welcome them all!
Many congratulations to past MYC volunteer, Christopher Hopton, from London, UK who has successfully completed the Bosporus river cross continental swim race in Turkey. The river lies between the continents of Europe and Asia. Chris undertook this feat as a fundraising venture on behalf of our marginalized youth at MYC. Niyabonga Kakhulu bhuti Chris! (thanks, brother!)
At Enjabulweni, the final year primary grade pupils moved into their own rooms. The new rooms were created by dividing the old bedroom into different cubicles. As a result, they all got their own little private space with a bed and a locker. Thanks to Don Bosco Mondo, Bonn; Alex Winkler, Austria; Fr Larry & MYC volunteers for their support on this badly needed accommodation upgrade.