Hello all, here from a bitterly cold Bulwer.
Firstly a big thank you to all of you who have knitted and sewn to keep our children at the centre and many in the community warm and snug. These items have been such a blessing and such a relief for many. Thank you , thank you, thank you.
Department of Health
I know the norm for many of us, is to whine and complain about bureaucracy, red tape and government departments in general. But we at HNO have a different story to tell. HNO receives a grant from the Department of Health which covers about 20 per cent of our costs, which is a great help, (the rest comes from all of you: private supporters mostly) but our personal relationship with the people within that department, who support, encourage and guide us is something very special and one of the mainsprings of energy and hope for our work. The level of compassion and commitment we meet at this level, from people who have devoted their lives to assist those in need has to be seen to be believed.
Here are three of the people who interact with us on a regular basis. (You have to agree we have the monopoly on beauty within this little group) Firstly Zah Shabalala , who is our co-ordinator with Mental Health, which falls under Department of Health. She visits us regularly and has become a good friend. Then we have Jacqui Boyd , occupational therapist from St. Appolonaris Hospital who has been such a help with the therapy and the general wellbeing of the children. From crawling around on the floor with our kiddies, to organizing referrals, to getting wheelchairs or special boots or just telling us regularly that we are doing a good job (we need that kind of encouragement because as Mary will tell you, it does get a bit overwhelming sometimes) she has been invaluable. We see, with her by our side, that we can and do make a difference. Nothing is too small for her to assist us with, despite her hectic schedule, and no little person is too unimportant for her to get involved with.
And then there is Ash Aenmey, the dietician, with her sunny nature, who meticulously weighs our children and makes sure we are on the straight and narrow, with our feeding regimes. It is also wonderful to have someone whose brains can be picked in relation to the problems we come across in the community, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and immunity boosting which are all diet related, of course.
Over the years many of the professionals who did their community service at St Apollanaris have come and gone, but have left their mark on our organisation and our clients.
We also get 3 monthly visits from the Psychiatric team in Umzimkulu.
We are so very grateful to every one of them. They have made us feel that we are not alone and have proved that NGO’s and government departments can work well together.
N and T
Last term we told you the story about N and T, the two young boys we found in the community who joined our day care centre and residence in 2015 and progressed so well that we were able to enrol them into the Pholela Special School. They have had a very exciting term, going to school every day, smartly dressed in their uniforms and although it took some adjusting to the new regime they have done well. Talking about “smartly dressed”…there are two young boys in America who decided that they would forego their birthday presents and donate the money to two boys who are in need in Africa. N and T were the lucky boys who were privileged to be able to buy new school clothes thanks in part to this kindness from Cade and Cash McMeans. Big thank you, guys!
Those of you who have received our Section 18a Tax receipts for donations made to HNO will have possibly seen that a new requirement this year on Efiling is to provide our PBO number. This number is 130003133
Please note that our email address has changed. We are with a new server now. firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN OF THE AGM OF HLANGANANI NGOTHANDO TO BE HELD AT BULWER ON 22 AUGUST 2016 AT 10h00 HOURS. PLEASE RSVP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND FOR CATERING PURPOSES AND TO RECEIVE THE AGENDA
Warm regards from all of us