We’ve barely had time to come up for air since our return from Elands Bay on 17 March… but we are still basking in the glow of the incredible time we had with our kids there…

Picture 9 Staff members and volunteers, 1 nun and 3 children from the Northern Cape, and 1 dentist and his team from Cape Town…spread between various homes, plus 30-odd children hanging around in eager anticipation… and you get a sense of what makes our trips to the West Coast so beautifully unique and special.

Playing dominoes, making beaded jewellery, competitive games of Dobble , swingball and Zingo; dental checks and extractions, health assessments, family needs analysis, lunches and dinners, surfing, swimming, tennis, skating, Snapchat sessions, stargazing, and life empowerment lessons on puberty (cue nervous giggling) were just some of the things which filled the four days that we spent with our 25 kids.

It takes a village…

We always say that it takes a village to raise a child, and with Elands Bay it’s even more apt. We are so grateful to the new supporters and partners who came on board with us this time.

We were so stoked to have our dental partner, Dr Ryan Muller, and his amazing team along with us for this trip. They worked on all the kids who they had assessed at our Christmas Party in Cape Town in December, and then also saw to the new children present. Thank you for literally going the distance with us to ensure that underserved communities get the best dental care.

Dr Ryan assessing the Ebay kids in December…

The power of community…

A special thanks goes to Mariette Louw Capes and the Acting Angels from the Elands Bay Community for their support and donations, Gertrude at the Bayside Spar in Lamberts Bay for their amazing donation of grocery items which went a long way towards feeding the kids and team, every individual who donated towards the trip, Wayde Oostendorp who documented our trip on film and camera, as well as Jamie Swartz from the Compass Trust who volunteered his time on the trip.

Gertrude from Bayside Spar in Lamberts Bay…

Oh, in case you were wondering where the nun fits in, a very special thanks also goes to our dear friend, Sister Dorothy, who regularly makes the arduous trip (at her own expense) from the Northern Cape to spend time with us whenever we are in Elands Bay; and who is so good to our kids and team!

Until next time….

We always miss the kids the moment we leave Elands Bay and before long, our inboxes start pinging with questions of “wanneer kom julle weer” ie. when do we see you again?

Our next trip up the coast will be on 23 May so contact us if you’d like to get involved....