I am going to be running the Comrades Marathon in aid of the Ingane Yami Children's Village being built in the Giba Gorge valley.
Restoration of Hope Ministries is about to commence building a Children’s Village which will be called “Ingane Yami” – meaning “My child” in Zulu. The village will be a place where children who have been abandoned; with little hope of survival will receive holistic care and find a place to belong and thrive in a secure loving family environment. It is not an orphanage or institute but rather a vibrant community, which will consist of 25 individual homes where every child will be placed in a family with a mother and siblings. Each family will consist of no more than 6 children of varying ages to emulate a natural family situation, allowing the children to grow up knowing the value of a healthy functional family.
Plans are well underway for the construction of the village - the land was purchased and paid for in 2008 and earthworks are due to start in March 2010, with construction work following 3 months later. All the capital for the earthworks and services is in place and so the funds that we raise will go towards the completion of phase 1 of the building which will include the first 5 homes.
The project is right on our doorstep so you will have the opportunity to see the work in progress and exactly where you money goes.