St Martin's Village Talk -

Keeping You informed and involved in the life of our village

Dear Friends of St Martin's Village,

The last months have seen our village grow from a brainchild to a reality. Our village is now the home of two month-old infants. The first St Martin’s babies have already crept into the hearts of all who are involved with the project, and we hope to be welcoming more babies into our family soon. St Martin’s Village is a place of safety where vulnerable babies are cared for by competent and compassionate mothers in a beautiful 99-year old sand-stone farm house. We have also started small chicken and vegetable enterprises on the 2 ha. rented property on the scenic outskirts of Newcastle, and the local community continues to provide us with loving support. Even though stumbling blocks were certainly not lacking, we are extremely grateful about where we are and the intense journey that got us here. We put together this newsletter to inform the greater, even global village about what is happening at St. Martin’s, to invite you to serve as you are able to help us to grow a vibrant and compassionate community.

It takes a village to raise a child – thank you for being part of this village!

Important Information
  • Start of Project: December 2016
  • Official Opening: April 2017
  • Babies cared for: 2 newborn boys
  • Babies placed in adoptive families: 2
  • Type of organisation: Temporary place of safety (In our home mother's name) & Non Profit Company (for St Martin's Village)
  • Current Capacity: 6 babies up to the age of 6
  • Staff: 2 permanent, 2 temporary
  • Monthly Budget: Approx. R 25 000
  • Biggest Expenses: Rent and Wages
  • Other projects (fund-raising and community building): broiler chicken project & community vegetable garden

Volunteer’s Corner

Lea Keidel and Chrissy Hellbach, two psychology students from Germany visited and helped care for our fist baby in the week before Easter! They are pictured here with J..., Tracy Koen (social aux. worker and place of safety mother) and Sheila Sibiya (carer and housekeeper)

Read their report in English!
Ihr Bericht auf Deutsch (mit Bildern/With Pictures)

Volunteer's Corner - Msizi Nkosi spent the week before easter volunteering and helping out at St. Martins. Thank you very much for you help Msizi! Here is a report he wrote about the time he spent at our village: The three days I spent volunteering at St. Martin’s Children’s Village were definitely an enriching and enjoyable experience. The people are very war and welcoming and I felt right at home from the first day. There is a lot to help out with so I was kept busy at all times, whether it was gardening, administration, driving around to visit other families, or just watching the baby. Although it was busy I wasn’t overworked as Pastor Tom and Tracy made sure I had enough water or something to eat after some hard work. Fellow volunteers Leah and Chrissie also seemed to enjoy themselves helping around the house, the garden and with J..., we all had fun. Apart from Pastor Tom and Tracy, the other staff at St. Martin’s were also very friendly and fun to work with, namely Sheila, Thoko and Linda. Although St. Martin’s only had one baby during my time here, there were a few visitors which showed me that the community is behind this project and it will grow, which is great as it is essential for the babies to have a space as warm as this. Contact details 0762408415

Needs & Donations - If you have something that you think might help at St. Martin's and would like to donate please feel free to do so! To help you make an informed decision Tracy has compiled a needs list. It can be accessed trough the link below:

Cash donations can be made through our website. You will also find our banking details there.

Although the rent is quite steep, we are fortunate to be able to care for babies in a beautiful environment

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