This Christmas, NewDay is raising funds for our Hluma Kids through the The Big Give Christmas Challenge
This is the first time we’ve taken part in the UK’s largest matched funding campaign, which enables charities to double their donations.
From midday on 29 November to midday on 6 December, we’re aiming to raise £4,000 to equip the kids in our Hluma programme with the essentials they need to attend school.
If you can support us this festive season, we would be so grateful if you would be able to do so during the Christmas Challenge week when your donation can be doubled, making even more of a difference to those in our Hluma programme.
The donate button will take you directly to our campaign page on The Big Give website.
We are so thankful for all that God has done for us. In deciding our theme for 2022, we were struck by these definitions of kindness and for this to be at the heart of NewDay:
“Kindness is a type of behaviour marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward. Kindness is a lifestyle. It is a daily practice. It is a choice.”
What an opportunity and honour for our Hluma kids, who were the only non-school group selected alongside 9 other schools across the WHOLE of Africa to take part in the Amazon Innovation Competition!
The youngsters, from our CoderDojo and Robotics groups, have been tasked with finding a solution to littering in their communities and combatting pollution.
Our young inventors have come up with the design to build a vacuum cleaner which flies with sensors to go to different places, helping with pollution! These innovators of the future also had the idea of encouraging recycling through a voucher scheme, exchanging recyclable items for a voucher to be spent in local shops.
The group have now presented their initial prototype and ideas to the other schools before a panel of judges.
Lucy, who oversees Hluma, said: “The judges were blown away with how our kids did the presentation, their ideas, and how they came up with the structures they built. As a team, we were really happy that they did this and weren’t shy especially as the presentation had to be done in English.”
She added: “It’s one of a kind and the first time a project like this has come to schools in disadvantaged communities in Cape Town. The kids are very excited to be part of this.”
The competition culminates in December when the winner is announced before parents, judges, stakeholders, and Amazon media. Although we would be thrilled to win, seeing how the children are thriving is a win in itself!
We are motivated to bring hope, help and healing to the people of Africa by the words of Jesus;
‘I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.’ – John 10:10 (MSG).
You can support our children, volunteers, staff and community members by paying for a specific need.