MoP looks back at successful year

2015-11-25 06:23
Mother of Peace its own bakery, another way of creating sustainability for the organisation. Photo: supplied

Mother of Peace its own bakery, another way of creating sustainability for the organisation. Photo: supplied

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THE theme for Mother of Peace Illovo’s 2014/15 financial year was Drawing from the past as we strive towards the future”. The non-profit community for orphaned and vulnerable children held its annual general meeting on Thursday 19 November.

Reflecting on the year that has gone by, it is clear that the organisation has shared the challenges most NPOs face with regards to funding. Operating expenses, human resources, utilities, transport, training and development remain the greatest challenges. Despite this it has initiated partnerships with people, organisations and volunteers to fulfill needs.

“This was a year of development, forward movement, learning and most importantly partnerships. We have worked at networking and becoming more visible in the community, a strategy with good returns. We would like to thank the local community, individuals and organisations who have supported us this year and in previous years. Our support base in Toti has grown and we are very grateful for this,” Iris Canham, general manager said.

Assistance came in all forms from donations to sharing talent. The willingness to share gifts and talent has been very valuable to our organisation because we were able to embark on a journey of deep personal development for staff and the children through volunteers who assisted us with various programmes,” she said.

The organisations highlights include a small-craft outlet on-site and online, an additional sustainable project: hen rearing that sees 30 eggs laid and distributed a day. This forms part of the health and nutrition goals where they strive to improve the health of their children. It has started with an orchard planting macadamia nuts, litchis and citrus fruit and an increase in recreational and educational programme.

“This growth and achievement is easy to measure. What is more important is the everyday difference that we make in the lives of our children. Our aim is to develop their full potential so that they can become who they are meant to be. It is a process, it is challenging and at the same time deeply rewarding. We cannot do this on our own. The African proverb – it takes a village to raise a child - is indeed relevant,” Canham said.

The organisation has a special appeal for stationery and school uniforms as the new school year is fast approaching. A dinner, dance fund-raiser will be held in Merebank at the community hall on 5 December in aid of school uniforms for MoP Primary School children, which is for just over a third of the children. To sponsor a child’s uniform or stationery, contact Iris or Pauline on 031 916 2299 or
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