Purple Aid – Building Update

I’m off to South Africa in November, and today we had some really exciting news about the project. My friend and colleague on the project, Simon – affectionately known as Spike – wrote a brilliant piece on Facebook about the latest developments, and I thought I’d share it with you …

I’ve received some news today that warms my soul and makes me feel incredibly proud.

Most of you will be know of the fundraising I’ve been doing, along with the 15 other members of the Purple Aid Team.

We are a group of ordinary everyday people who have volunteered to help the villagers and in particular, the children, of Turkey, a small village in the Limpopo region of South Africa. In this village – almost 60% of the children reported abuse in the hours between them finishing school at around 1pm, and their parents getting home from work at around 5pm.

One of the ways to help combat this is to provide somewhere safe for them to go after school and that’s were we – the Purple Aid Team and our charity partner World Vision – have been helping.

The money we have been raising is being used to build a crèche and community centre in the village! The children will be able to go here after school, get a hot meal and get help with their homework in a safe and secure environment.

So many of you have already donated and we are enormously grateful for your generosity. I’m delighted to share some pictures of how your money has been used so far.

Just received this afternoon – fresh from the village are some construction photos of the building. I absolutely CANNOT wait to see it in the flesh in October when myself and the team will be going out to South Africa to help with the final push ready for its opening.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us so far. There is still more work to do and if you’d like to know more – please do get in touch!