Mulo project finally kicked off today. After the presenation done by Emmanuella and Sylvia of Politeknico di Milan the group of senior citizens were ver excited about he project they heard so much about.
The maiden voyage then happened with 2 of the senior citizens. Everybody as excited to see the vehicle and already had lots of suggestions. Another first for RLabs and Impac Direct.
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This week I was privileged to be one of the facilitator’s of Impact Direct’s first ever Holiday Club program. The program was aimed at kids ranging from ages 4 years till 15 years old.
- kids having fun on day 1
Wednesday, 16 December marked day 1 of the program, we were pleasantly surprised to see so many kids pitch up as we didn’t do much advertising. Nevertheless we were up to the challenge and the program manager, Bradley Naidoo kicked the day off by officially welcoming all the kids and immediately took them outside for the first activity. We continued throughout the day in that momentum and the kids together with facilitators had a ball of a time.
- Day 2: the boys in the dining hall after lunch
Day 2 kicked off at 9am and promised to be a fun-filled day as the boys were looking forward to playing the much-anticipated mini soccer (Football) tournament. By lunchtime the boys needed to replace their spent energy playing soccer and were ready for lunch. After lunch we had a few more activities with the kids and by 2:30pm they were released to go home.
Kids at Cinema with their free popcorn, juice and sweets compliment of Nu Metro
Day 3 started earlier than usual at 8am as we had to make our way to Canal Walk, Century City as the kids were all blessed with complimentary movie tickets from Nu Metro. Upon arrival we were all surprised yet again by the management of Nu Metro Canal Walk with free popcorn, juice and sweets for the kids. Needless to say the kids had a blast at the movies and for us as facilitators it was such a blessing to see these kids having so much fun knowing the situations some of them face at home daily.
I’m looking forward to the continuation of Holiday Club 2009 when day 4 kicks off after the Christmas break. Stay tuned as I share more as I am inspired from the balcony…
I came to know The Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior on July 10, 2007. Prior to that I lead a life of drug addiction and was involved in crime.
I spent my days scheming and thinking up ingenious ways of making easy cash. There were occasions when I did manage to make little fortunes but the money would never last as I would literally just blow it up in smoke as I needed to feed my drug addiction. I watched my life continue in a downward spiral as I delved deeper and deeper into the world of “organized crime”. Now I’m not one to use cliches but in this instance I will let it slide and make the statement: Crime does not pay!
I lost everything I achieved in life including the things I worked for with my own blood, sweat and tears in a job that payed a good market related salary. My wife had enough of the lifestyle I was living and decided to leave me and took the boys with her and moved back to her parent’s home. Left with no income and having to pay the rent it was just a matter of time before I lost the house I was living in. With all this happening in my life I turned to the drugs to numb the pain and I would not admit I needed help. I made peace with the fact that I was probably was going to die a drug addict, but that was not in God’s plan for my life.
When I came to Impact Direct Ministries for help I met Jesus Christ and He delivered me instantly from a 9 year drug addiction. I then made the decision to go to the “Impact Centre” for prayer on a daily basis and I felt myself being drawn more and more into the ministry as God placed within me a burning desire to help other drug addicts break the cycle of drug addiction. As time passed by I attended various training courses and attended many workshops as I felt the need to equip myself to better assist in empowering the community I once use to disempower.
One of the projects the “Impact Team” embarked on together with IT Lecturer and social entrepreneur Marlon Parker is The Reconstructed Labs (RLabs). Last week I was asked to become a member of the RLabs team in the capacity of Research and Development. I find myself thinking back to the days I was involved in organized crime and where I find myself now. I’ve been given the responsibility of doing research into innovative projects that might have the capacity to change communities where serious drug and gang related issues or prevalent.
God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Till the next time, be blessed.