This should've been a photo of the team, in the school hall with 7000 christmas gifts neatly packed into the cartons and captioned 'Job done'
Sadly this is what we will be doing all day. We have to finish checking approx 400 boxes then we can start wrapping up and the computer system will tell us what boxes are needed for which carton.
We were a couple hundred pledges short so team have been making up these boxes over the weekend from physical donations from the public and cooperates. Around 500 boxes that have been pledged just haven't been delivered, either people forgot, many just can't be arsed to get up and bring the boxes in or they've simply changed their mind.
What this means is that 500 children will go without a gift, but those 500 children are spread over 89 facilities, 30 kids here, 10 kids there, maybe just one child.
We cannot and will not go to a facility for celebration day, knowing that some of the children there will not receive a gift, so today is being spent, making boxes, we've run out of boxes, we're running low on things to put in our none existent box.
2011 we were learning
2012 we were short of boxes
2013 we hit target and were making boxes for the Joburg team to help them out
2014 we were over target
2015 we are under target, making a plan and making boxes
Over the next week we need the following donations to help us reach our target, and require the following:
If you would like to support the work I'm doing in South Africa you can make a donation here, if you're in Pretoria and can get to the Chinese School today with any donations or just your time to help us with the packing we'd love to see you, especially if you could bring us a decorated shoebox and maybe a cafe latte.