PASSIONATE about making a difference in her community Patricia Deacon has spent almost a decade volunteering at orphanages.
Stationed at Ingane Yami in the Upper Highway for the past four years she said she is blessed to be able to give back in this way.
“Whenever a new child arrives at the home we show them love, compassion and care. It is amazing to see their faces as they realise this is their new home - a home where they will be protected and loved.”
Originally from Canada, Deacon initially came to South Africa after meeting a group from Kloof Harvest Church, who were volunteering at the same orphanage as her in Uganda.
“They told me of their plans to build a similar orphanage in South Africa and invited me to be a part of it, and I have never looked back since.”
Living by the motto: “God’s grace is sufficient for me. His power is made perfect in my weakness”, the 27-year-old says she will continue with her work at Ingane Yami as it brings her immense joy and satisfaction.
“My most rewarding or memorable experience was the first time I saw two new children, Sbu and Sane, arrive at Ingane Yami.“They arrived with a lot of rough edges, having lived a life few of us can imagine. Yet to watch their transformation has been amazing - a true testament of God’s ability to restore.” Deacon said community assistance is always welcome.
“Our greatest needs are financial. Individuals can sign up to become a child sponsor, sponsoring R250 a month to a specific child. They can also get their company involved to sponsor a home, or the building cost of a new home. “Food donations and school supplies are also much appreciated, along with prayer. Nothing can be accomplished outside of prayer.” For more information on Ingane Yami go to www.inganeyami.com