14 March 2020 marked the start of the Sinani soccer Premier League. Last year, we found that most of our boys become disinterested in the centres around the age of 15 unless there are healthy activities at the centres. We've been slowly building teams and finding coaches along with looking for sponsors. We are grateful to Build it for their participation and support but need more to be able to continue mid to long term.
Sinani in the News! See our recent feature in the Lowvelder here:
WATCH: Influencing change in Mbombela, one community at a time - Lowvelder. https://bit.ly/333DKvf
We are so excited to have already launched two new cycling clubs this year! After a series of youth forums last year, the kids made it clear that they needed healthy activities in their communities. Things to keep them active and to enjoy life like any other child should. We have found that around the age of 14, some children stop coming to the centres because in the past there wasn't much for them to do there. Instead of just feeding them, we want to create life there. This is a great start.
October was not only the month of ReadySetGo training, it was also the month of the Rights of the Child Conference.
Would you like to help bring a smile to a child's face this Christmas? If so, we have just the place for you!
This year Sinani will be hosting 11 Christmas parties for 1061 children. That's a lot of parties and a lot of gifts for our small team to deliver. We need your help! We would like to give a small gift to each child as well as a meal and a treat. Not only does that take people, it also takes money. We have a budget of R100 per child, but we've only received donations of R42,000 to date. We still need another R63,100 to reach all of our children.
A week of workouts, fellowship and learning about the gospel. Two men from team Sinani and two men from different life centres in our communities went to Pretoria this month. A week of sports ministry: training and learning more about the Kingdom. ReadySetGo is an organization that partners with Sinani. A team member who went on the trip explained: "Ready is the process of gathering and envisioning people to make disciples for Christ in sport and play.
This month we visited one of our more distant communities. On the border with Swaziland lies Oshoek community. Sinani supports this community together with Hands at Work. Thursday morning we left Nelspruit in the early morning together with a team from Hands. This outreach consisted of the finishing touches of painting the colorful center in Oshoek (on an outreach in April the center was painted in bright colors), Holy Home Visits, worship and spending time with the kids and the care workers, all in two days.
Canoeing the longest river of the Netherlands... In August something remarkable happened. In order to raise money for Sinani a man in Holland canoed the longest river of the Netherlands: De Linge. The river being 108km took Dutchman Dirk Zwart 3 days to canoe. In cooperation with his niece and Sinani’s newest intern Fleur Hasebos, he raised funds for Sinani. This couple hoped to raise some money from close friends and family members, however they took a shot and sent in their story to a few local newspapers in the hope that one of them might print their project.
Grace Church Team... A team of 7 Americans from Grace Church – Racine, WI. came on a mission trip to come along side the work that Sinani is doing. Grace Church is Craig and Brenda Rebro’s church in America, so for them this was an extra special occasion. The team lived and worked together with Sinani for a week and a half. The team went into community most days. Their mission for coming here was to live out the gospel and share the teachings of the Bible. They came to serve the people in communities. Once they arrived in the communities they were welcomed them with open arms.
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