“Please guide eMasoyi staff as they identify orphan and vulnerable children in houses in need of repair or security [door locks, window bars], or replacement. You know how limited funds are for this work; please provide all that is needed in 2021, including enough money to complete the current new house build.”
New house funding comes from outside sponsors; only one has been built in 2020. (A two-room house costs £3,000-£3,500, and a separate, long-drop toilet £350.)
“Father, you know that unemployment in South Africa is high, particularly among young people; and much higher among the Masoyi community, which is largely devoid of industry and commerce. And the Covid-19 crisis is adding to the numbers. May those who are unemployed seek guidance and support from you – including through your church – and may there be many work opportunities created in the months and years ahead.”
“Heavenly Father, the 300+ peer educators selected last January have had almost no training or experience since then as a consequence of Covid-19. May they still provide positive role models for community change to their peers; and for those continuing into 2021, please bless them with the grace to be changed for good as they try to influence other youngsters through the programme.”
“Heavenly Father, thank you for the peer education programme in the schools in Masoyi, designed to empower youngsters to become positive role models and agents of community change, and with focus on sex education and HIV/ AIDS awareness, and self-worth and self-confidence. Please bless those who have just graduated from the three-year programme, and encourage those continuing into 2021 in the challenging circumstances of Covid-19.”
“Please bless the K2 pre-school workers: Deborah, the coordinator and head teacher; teachers, Busisiwe and Dudzile; cooks, Corrah and Phindle; general worker, Ingrid; and security guards, John Ephraim and Isaac. May they show the patience, care and love that can only come from you.”
AFTER-SCHOOL FEEDING AT K2.
“Thank you for all the older children who benefit from a hot, nutritious meal before collecting younger siblings or attending homework club. Thank you, too, for the physical exercise they get, and teaching about health and hygiene, house chores, and growing vegetables.”