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YWAM outreach in Sea Vista

For the last two weeks families and children in Sea Vista were assisted in many ways by a group of volunteers from the US as part of an outreach programme of Volunteer in South Africa, based in Cape St Francis.

This Christian outreach volunteer organisation is run by founder Mandy Wechstra.  Thirteen Youth With a Mission (YWAM) volunteers-tourists from the Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Denver, Colorado USA stayed in Cape St Francis for two of their seven week visit to South Africa.

 

Mandy with Dean Abrahams (15).

Mandy with Dean Abrahams (15) during a swim session.

 

 The group assisted with various programmes for the school children in Sea Vista
and supported the outreach ministry to provide  food support and practical assistance in improving shacks in Zwelitsha, the informal settlement in Sea Vista.

“Volunteers go door to door in this community, and through prayer identify the needs and do what we can to assist. We supply up to 100 of the most needy residents with bread for the day and where possible offer blankets for the coming winter,” said Mandy.

The most common appeal is to weatherproof existing houses. The volunteers identified shacks with leaking roofs and re-covered these roofs with waterproof plastic sheeting.  “We are always grateful for supplies of waterproof plastics, wooden boarding, corrugated iron sheets or anything that can be used to help keep the weather out of these homes.”

In addition, the volunteers taught soccer and ball skills, swimming and surfing to the after-care children at the Talhado Children’s Haven and Sea Vista primary school.  “Before we can teach children to surf, they need to be able to swim and understand water safety.  The number of drownings that take place in our waters is testament to this need, so we are now teaching groups of children the basics of water safety and swimming.”

Providing their parents give permission, children between the ages of 8 and 13 participate in the soccer and swimming lessons and surfing lessons are given to those up to 16 years of age. “Ideally we are in need of sponsorship, but with the winter approaching there is an immediate need for towels and old wet suits for the swimmers and surfers.

For the community outreach programmes blankets, old clothing, food and building materials are needed.  Mandy can be contacted on 079-138-6116 or volunteerinsouthafrica@gmail.com.

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