Over the years Ultima has been involved in various projects reaching out to those in need. We would like to share some of these stories and experiences with you as you have played an indirect role in the contributions we made.
The ‘Take Action Ministry’ Story
The Hammanskraal area used to offer an abundance of work and many families settled there. In the past couple of years however businesses closed down due to economic reasons. As a result parents were forced to turn to Pretoria for work, leaving young children to fend for themselves at home. In some instances the burden of overseeing a family falls on girls as young as 12 years old. Children being left alone while parents earn a living elsewhere are exposed to adverse conditions such as hunger, injury and abuse.
‘Take Action’ saw the desperate need for assistance and took action!
The ministry’s vision is described beautifully in the charter:
“. . . to sow seeds of love and put our faith into action by helping orphaned and vulnerable children to heal and to grow in Spirit, Mind and Body. Consider a tree that has been broken, bruised and left wilted; our mission is to heal and nurture children in their own communities to become healthy and eventually bear fruit again, staying rooted in the community God has planned for them to grow in. We all have different talents and strengths, and by working together, as the Body of Christ, we lend a helping hand and reach out in a practical and efficient way. This vision is depicted in the logo consisting of the tree, heart and hands. “
Ultima has an appreciation of the ministry’s practical approach of helping and strengthening Christians who live in poverty stricken communities and are already involved with serving their own communities. Such a couple, Pastor Robert and his wife, Mokgadi, established the Horn of Salvation After Care, looking after 30 children that has nowhere to go after school and during school holidays.
With only a very small yard, they have been extremely innovative by planting vegetables around the parameter and to use space effectively they rotate the classes (from Grade RR to 12) to do homework and eat at least one healthy meal a day. On a Thursday afternoon they have “physical exercise” when the children walk a few blocks, giving the ladies an opportunity to cook for the week.
Mokgadi is very passionate about the children and she has built such a successful track record that the school is recommending children to her. While we are very proud of her achievement this also means that the number of children has increased to 100 and now also includes pre-school children. This all brings new challenges.
Ultima provided funds and Take Action bought them a laptop and printer. This will enable the Horn of Salvation to keep records of the children, expenses and activities. This record-keeping will in turn assist with applications for grants and save Mokgadi time walking to the mall, sending numerous faxes from PostNet.