Our time here in the States so far has been very blessed and very busy. In the midst of it all, though, we miss our home. We are home for about 3.5 months, and then less than two weeks after we return to South Africa in September, Brian & Lois Niehoff will be returning here to the States for a few months of their own.
In the meantime, two girls from the Slater area, Mallory and Laurie, have joined The Village to help fill in the staffing gaps. Mallory will be there until January 18th when the Niehoff's return, and Laurie will be returning to the States with the Niehoffs in September. While they are there they are keeping busy picking up the slack...on several occasions even serving as temporary houseparent's while our others are on break.
I took the liberty of pirating some of the photos and video they have posted. It looks like they are enjoying themselves. Here are a couple things you might enjoy.
Blue Sky Web Worx is proud to announce the winner of our 2012 Non-Profit Website Giveaway. Nearly 2,100 votes were submitted and it was a very close call between two local non-profit organizations and the winning non-profit is:
Restoring Hope International
Here's their story:
RHI is dedicated to the care of orphans in South Africa. Due to AIDS, there are literally millions of orphans throughout Africa, and especially in South Africa. RHI is a foster care organization that gives these children an opportunity to have medical care, food, clothing, and education in a family setting on their campus. They also do compassion outreach in the community and have developed a solid reputation of integrity with the local government.
Based in Ankeny, Iowa
Current Website: www.restoringhopeint.org
Congratulations to this great organization and look for their new website in the near future!
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries and to everyone who took the time to vote!