News & Views - Link of Love February 2013 newsletter

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Sometimes the people we work with via the Link of Love programme have so little to smile about. Yet still they smile. Making their contributions to the old people, the children at the schools or enhancing the barren environment of our sandy Cape Flats. And who knows what a soft smile and a gentle touch really mean in the world? We, at DreamWorker, believe it is worth more than any of us can ever know!
Perhaps you can make the kids at Athwood Primary smile with a yellow T shirt, or the team at Lavender Hill smile with more lavender plants or the kids at Abedare Primary smile with some new soccer balls!

DELFT – Still smiling big in the face of massive overcrowding!

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Abedare Primary School no 2 was built as an overflow school for Abedare Primary no 1. With Delft being one of the fastest growing areas on the Cape Flats, after just one year, it too is already filled to overflowing!
On the day we visited, the temperatures were soaring and the wind was sweeping sand, sand and more sand across the open land behind the prefab buildings. If that was not enough, we were told about the desperate overcrowding, with every class having 60 plus students to just one teacher.


Wishlist for Abedare Primary

LAVENDER HILL – Still smiling in the face of barren soil!

Vuyisile dreaming of lacender covering Lavender Hill from corner to corner

Vuyisile Dyolotana and Marcelle van Zyl are not your average gardeners – they are growing, planting, propagating and harvesting lavender the most barren of sandy soils. But these two people have the passion and energy of 10 people. The soft smell of lavender filters through the playground at Zerilda Park Primary School “We started planting in open lots in Lavender Hill and have some fabulously committed members of the community taking care of our plants. But sadly, many plots were neglected. So we took the project into the schools where there is water and security. And the plants are thriving, under the loving care of Vuysile and the school children”.


HANOVER PARK SCHOOLS – Still smiling big in the face of near closure!

Principal Desai and happy pupilsVandals, thieves, graffiti sprayers, tik smokers – the schools of Hanover Park are constantly plagued. During the holidays, thieves stole School Feeding supplies, classroom donations and athletic kit from Blomvlei Primary......  and caused thousands of Rands worth of damage.
In 2012 our local press ran many stories about schools being closed down. Athwood Primary School was one of the schools reported, the reason being ongoing theft and vandalism. But at the last minute it was “saved” thanks to the parents stepping in to assist with an ongoing “schools watch” programme.


Wishlist for Athwood Primary
Wishlist for Blomvlei Primary
Wishlist for Voorspoed Primary

HANOVER PARK ELDERLY – still smiling in the face of aching bodies

They all ended up dancing in their seats!Link of Love treated the old people of Ryburg Terrace to an unforgettable morning in December. They started off with an “Ageless Grace” class, moving to music while seated in their chairs (and even their wheelchairs).


GUGULETHU – smiling in the face of old age

Reuben Mondi Makapelo is unable to walk and was so grateful to have his home cleaned!The grannies and grandpas of Gugulethu are having their homes cleaned thanks to our ongoing Link of Love donors. And at Christmas time, each received a most welcome gift of a R100 Shoprite voucher, donated to DreamWorker via Voice of the Cape’s radio competition. Thank you for this much appreciated gift!


Thank you!

With love
from the DreamWorker/Link of Love team
How can you help?
Please help us bring more smiles into the lives of others today.

Why not encourage your staff to Link Their Love by donating just ONE day of work a month to an unemployed person, in gratitude for the work they have? R100 = one day of smiles for somebody else.
Link of Love needs more funds!
Please become a regular monthly donor. Your R100 a month will give one unemployed person a day of work.
Please purchase one item on the schools wishlists or advise us of a corporate sponsor for the Athwood Primary's sports kit!
Thank you!

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