Christmas parcels 2009

Christmas parcels 2009

For the past six years the German charity Lichtblick has sponsored Christmas parcels for families living with or affected by HIV/Aids. In 2009 Lichtblick, together with Kinderhilfe, sponsored 30 food parcels and 30 rucksacks for 30 children and their families. All the recipients belong either to Sisonke Beading Group – an income-generating group of HIV-positive mothers supported by FAMSA through the co-ordinator Flora Dlodlo – or to the Langa Support Group for HIV-positive mothers and their children, facilitated by FAMSA counsellors. In the past RUC has only supported Sisonke, but additional funding this year meant that we were able to support the Langa group as well. In a way, Sisonke provides another income-generating option for mothers who are at an earlier stage of living with HIV – still busy coming to terms with their HIV status, in need of counselling support and education, and adjusting to the realities of ARVs.

A big thank you to Judy, Fiona, Gail, Kayleigh, Natasha, Kathrin and Elsa for making it happen and to all the Sunday school children who painted the boxes. Gail did an amazing job getting such an exciting range of goods to include in each box, expertly advised by Kayleigh! Each box contained a variety of basic food items like mealie meal, sugar, tea, coffee, milk powder, oil and rice, plus some tasty things for Christmas like tinned peaches, custard, biscuits, fruit juice, a bag of chocolates, suckers for the children, as well as toiletries – soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, facecloth. The rucksacks were made up for each child individually, so had toys and games appropriate for their age, tops and shorts for boys, little sundresses and three-quarter pants or shorts for the girls, caps and hats, cuddly toys, colouring-in books and crayons, and pencil cases for the older children. The boxes were blessed in our HIV/Aids service on 29 November 2009, and handed over in Langa the following week.