Weʼre raising £3,000 to provide orphaned children affected or infected with HIV or aids a home and a future
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If you are reading this, I would like to thank you for taking the time to hear from me about my plans for the future and how you can support me as I prepare to step into a new and exciting opportunity working for an extraordinary children’s village in rural South Africa.
I would like to start by telling you about Rehoboth children’s village, its function and philosophy and how I plan on working for this inspirational charity over the next 2-3 years. Hold tight, buckle in and perhaps make yourself a cup of tea. Tea heals all things, and is a great motivator of mind and spirit, and we could all do with a bit of that from time to time! Particularly when digesting my plea for giving.
Rehoboth houses abandoned, neglected and abused children affected by or infected with HIV and aids. The intake criteria for children is age 0-3, the primary aim is to lovingly raise these children whilst equipping them mentally and practically with education and skills to eventually become part of a local community, where against all odds, they may flourish in the face of adversity. Rehoboth currently has a maximum capacity of 100 children, we hope this number will increase as the charity grows and develops further. The demand for the services Rehoboth offers are always on the increase, with so many children being abandoned on a regular basis.
Thanks to so many heart-warming and generous donations I received last year, alongside some dedicated saving I was able to travel from my home in Northumberland, England all the way to Port Shepstone in South Africa to volunteer at Rehoboth for 5 months from October 2017 – March 2018. During my time in this new and wonderful place, I was able to grow in so many ways as I stepped into a role that was going to test, teach and challenge me around every corner of this incredible season.
Following my time working at Rehoboth, I have been offered the opportunity to take up a long term position within the charity, which means I am able to apply for a long term visa (2-3 years) and fulfil a role running and developing a small start-up water bottling plant on site, it is a not-for-profit business where by all of the proceeds go back into the village, to both meet current needs and develop further our facilities and operations. It has huge potential to be a very substantial and significant revenue stream, particularly with the current water shortages in parts of South Africa. At its core, we will sell bottled water in a range of sizes to individuals, businesses and events. Our water is branded ‘Flourish’, to reflect our vision of providing a platform for abandoned children to thrive and flourish.
I have established and developed several small business initiatives in the UK and studied Business Management at University. My plan in taking Flourish water forward includes providing a skills course running alongside the children’s schooling and education to provide a basis for learning practical business and workplace skills which could prove to be highly valuable once the time comes for the children to start their lives outside of the village. Finding work in South Africa is incredibly difficult, especially for young people who are not established in a township or community. Any experience we can give our children whilst they are with us at Rehoboth could make the difference in managing to successfully gain employment locally. I am incredibly passionate about teaching and nurturing business skills within these amazing children! They all have potential to do so much with their lives, being a part of that is very special to me.
As with many of the positions within the village, running Flourish is entirely self-funded. Paying somebody to run and develop this small business is not possible, and without long-term volunteers, Rehoboth and its valuable work would not be possible either. I am searching for donations and sponsorship to see me through my period of work at Rehoboth. After living in the country for several months, I have been able to calculate my living costs and I am seeking your generosity in investing in me and helping me reach my £3000 target.
I am currently working to save for the upfront costs involved, but as they are so high, I need you guys to invest in me! Any contribution to assist me in this would be warmly and greatly appreciated. My post at Rehoboth is to start in August, please help me get there! If you are unable to make any contribution to this mission, please become a part of it and follow me on my journey! I will be writing news letters home, if you would like to be on the mailing list please send me an email with your information!
Lastly, if anybody would like to meet up to discuss what they have read or ask any questions regarding my work, I would love to be able to spend some time talking with you, I am very passionate and eager and I hope I can share my experiences and plans.
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Mike and Mary
Sep 24, 2018
Great that you are doing this and to hear all about it.
Sep 13, 2018
So exciting, go for it ! :)
Jul 16, 2018
A small contribution to an amazing project. Keep up with your enthusiasm and remember we are behind you and someone even bigger is. Keep us posted! x
Jul 11, 2018
Keep up the good work Kieran. You are an inspiration to others.
Jun 29, 2018
Get stuck in and go for it.
Jun 29, 2018
So proud of you! ❤️
Jun 20, 2018
True inspiration, keep up the good work m8
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