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On Tuesday the 3rd December, three Phinda vehicles laden with 16 mattresses, 71 gift bags, 140 hotdog rolls, 100 hotdog sausages, 100 oranges, 100 apples, 144 juices, 80 ice-creams amongst other goodies and 8 enthusiastic staff members and headed out the reserve in very wet conditions on a 40 minute journey into the Kwa-Jobe community.


news-santa-shoebox-01On arrival at the crèche, we were greeted by singing staff and teachers, who danced around our vehicles, clearly delighted to see us. We found the children sitting waiting patiently for our arrival in the clinic hall, none of them knowing what was in store for them, we were delayed by an hour due to the rain and some little ones couldn’t wait and were passed out on grass mats on the concrete floor, making the realisation of the donation of the mattresses even more special. Phaphama Creche is situated in KwaJobe community about 300 metres away from Zineshe Primary School and a kilometre or two KM South-west of Khindi Jobe High School. It is a crèche of 70 Children with a small room of about 4 square metres adjacent to the “Muzi Pan to Jozini road” KwaJobe main road. It is one among other many Crèches that gave me the financial assistance proposal(s) for a Double Class-room building and Fencing. This year the parents decided to move the kids to the nearest mobile clinic building since their building can’t accommodate all the 70 kids and another challenge is that as it is not fenced around the children have a tendency to run to the road during break times which is not safe for them either. The committee’s plan is that they will move back to their building only if they happen to get funding for the fencing more especially, though a shelter remains a great need as well. In their Needs Priority List – they listed: 1.) Fencing; 2.) D/Classroom and 3.) Mattresses.


Ice-creams were distributed whilst we got ourselves organized, we then were formally welcomed and introduced, some prayers were said and the national anthem was sung, the children performed a song for us. The local Nduna, Mr Jobe, the school committee and tons of the parents attended the ceremony, approximately 200 people gathered to witness the handover. Our local guide Nicholas Nkomo was our Father Christmas, he did a little jig to get the children to laugh, these children have never seen a “real” Father Christmas, so it was a completely new experience for them, and understandably some of them were a little scared, but Nick did such a great job of being a friendly Santa they all soon joined in the fun.


The morning was a lot of fun and very humbling. The Community was extremely grateful and the children had a great morning, a truly humbling experience for the staff that attended.


We received generous donations of food & fruit from our suppliers Allen’s Butchery, Bidvest & Isilulu and drinks from Federal Air enabled us in making the event an unforgettable one for these little souls. Herewith sending out a HUGE BIG THANK YOU to Allen’s, Bidvest, Isilulu and Federal Air.


Lastly a VERY VERY BIG THANK YOU to all the amazing staff of Phinda & Fedair that so generously got involved with this project and gave from their hearts to spread JOY and LOVE to these special little people. And a SPECIAL THANK YOU to VR & Bheki from the Africa Foundation for facilitating the process, and to FEDAIR STAFF Valerie Ross and PHINDA staff Musa Mbatha, Leonie Wepener, Shelley Kruger, Zah Radebe ,Steve Hydendryk, Nick Nkomo and Shauna Dell for attending the handover.


*Written by Shauna Dell