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Vicariate Apostolic of Ingwavuma

Ndumo Schools Orphans Project

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Ndumo schools orphans project:

Distribution of school uniforms.

Friday the seventh of March was a very great day for our orphan project, as we distributed school uniforms to 620 orphans and the vulnerable children coming from the 13 schools we are serving. The school uniforms were distributed; each child received shoes, socks, skirts or trousers, shirts, pullover, school tie and track suit.

The occasion was attended by our local priest Fr Sibusiso Mthembu, representatives from the Department of Education, i.e. school inspectors, principals of schools, school governing board members, Captain Mngomezulu from Ndumo SAPS, Induna Thusi, business people and the beneficiaries.


Joy for the Children

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On Friday 4th April we gathered at Malusi Omuhle more than a hundred children (unfortunately we can not bring all of them, next event we bring others). The occasion was to hand over to them the school uniforms, and have an enjoyable day with the children, care givers and visitors from Germany. It was a joyful day for all of us! At the end of the day I received SMS from the caregivers. They were saying thank you and one of them wrote: "Today we were able to show great love to the children. I was so happy for our children to get school uniforms, nice food, and every thing that you did to make this day a wonderful day. Thank you and the visitors. Thank you God!"

It was holiday for the children (short break at school). Some of the children arrived early in the morning, walking long distances. Others came with their caregivers from different areas: Mthwadlana, Mgangatho, Mpembeni, Sitezi, Mabhokisini and the areas surrounding Hlabisa. On their arrival the caregivers welcomed them with breakfast.

The caregivers were very well organized in four teams (cooking team and the other teams to entertainment and games).They divided the children in groups according to their age to play and have fun. I was very happy to see not only the children but the caregivers playing freely and enjoying each others company. The children rejoiced when the caregivers joined their games. They were proud to teach them some new games.
There were also moments when we came all together for songs, prayers, dancing and for a delicious lunch cooked and served by the caregivers. The children were happy to show us their skills in dancing and singing.
It was planned to end at 14h00 but it went on till 16h00. Everybody was so happy that automatically they carried on. The weather also was very pleasant, cloudy and not to hot for the children's activities.


Justice and Peace in the Vicariate

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Vicariate of Ingwavuma
Justice and Peace Report

In 2009 each parish in the Vicariate were asked to choose two members to represent and work for Justice and Peace ministry. They did select them and they attended the Justice and Peace the Regional Conference in Durban. At the end of 2009 Sr. Lidia was appointed coordinator of the Vicariate Justice and Peace.

In February 2010 two members participated in the J&P National Conference in Johannesburg and since then we initiated a number of activities in the Vicariate.

Two members participated of the training course run by the J&P national team. They completed the Justice and Peace training of trainers programme on building parish justice and peace groups, advocacy skills for social justice and basic financial management. They received certificates and they are now skilled to mentor the J&P trainees. They are Mr. D. Mthembu from St. Philip, Ndumo and Mr. M. Jele from St. Michael, Hlabisa.
Since 2012 two new members (Mr. Manqele from Mtubatuba and Mrs. A. Mntambo from kwaNgwanase) are attending the training. It consists of twice-yearly workshops for three years in Johannesburg.

We motivated other people to work for Justice and Peace and we are busy forming groups in the communities. At the end of 2010 Mr. Kabelo came to the Vicariate to run a J&P training workshop. It was indeed a good experience for us. Since then our members are giving J&P presentation in church after Mass about the core and spirituality of Justice and Peace. They understand that the spirituality of Justice and Peace ministry is an integral part of Christian faith.

Four members participated in the Regional Conference in Newcastle in June 2010, and in June 2011 nine of our members participated in the Regional Conference in Durban. The result is that people are highly motivated and willing to work for Justice and Peace.

In 2010 our main focus was to create awareness against human trafficking in the communities in preparation for the Soccer World cup. There were a numbers of workshops run by J&P members to different groups: at the municipality with different stakeholders, e.g. social workers from the welfare department, police, NGO, etc., and also care givers from rural areas, school children, communities in general, women's groups, Tribal authorities, Church etc. People were aware and careful about it. We continue fighting human trafficking.

In 2010 we also did a survey questionnaire about Basic Needs Basket (BNB). It was requested by the J&P National team. We visited over 200 families in one ward for the survey. The results of the survey were made available in February 2012 by the J&P National team. In 2013 the surveyors continue monthly checking prices at the shops at Hlabisa.


Malus'Omuhle 2013 Grade 7 Party

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November 16 was a wonderful day, partly cloudy but good for pap and braai. It was filled with joy and excitement, as the out-going Grade Seven were treated to a braai party by Mr. Nasch and his daughter. They had come to see the progress in the school and to give this farewell party.


The day started with a candle-lighting ceremony in the cathedral, with a few words of encouragement and a blessing by Bishop Jose Luis Ponce de Leon. He told the learners the story of the blind man who asked Jesus that he may see, and that they should imitate the blind man when they are unable to see their way. He asked them to be our good ambassadors to the schools where they are going to further their studies.
As the learners went up quietly to light their own candles from the candle of the Year of Faith, there was a spirit of peace, unity, prayer and praise. Everyone was moved by the experience. What a day to end the year of faith as a school with the Bishop.



After church the learners gave a short concert for the visitors. They performed INGOMA (Zulu dance), UMSHADO (Zulu wedding) and Gospel choir. The staff also did their own dance, and even the visitors could not hold back, they joined in the dance.



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