Saturday, 10 November 2012

The spirit of Ubuntu

The morning of Saturday 10 November was a perfect warm late spring day, not a cloud in the sky, with a very gentle breeze playing on my face, coming off the sea. The beautiful Green Point Park was the chosen venue for our little annual picnic of thanksgiving to twenty women who care for abandoned children affected by HIV.

On arrival I sensed a delightful spirit of joy and fun between all. Our guests started singing and dancing to some of their traditional songs, and I felt that we were all participating in the spirit of Ubuntu. Georgina presented us with our timetable for lunch, recreation and sharing, which was preceded with a prayer of Grace and thanksgiving by Sis Freda Mfenyana. We sat on the lawns enjoying the well prepared food and drinks, whilst mingling with one another. At 1pm people could meander and walk around the park, enjoying its beauty.

We assembled again at 2pm. CHATT members had prepared a special certificate of appreciation for each one of the carers together with a lovely little gift for them to enjoy. Thereafter Dr Walter Loening encouraged them to share with us some of their joys and challenges about their work, that they do with such love and dedication. It was with great interest that we could listen to their stories and learn a little about their lives.

At 3pm it was time for us to bid farewell to each other: I left with a wonderful feeling of gratitude and enrichment for the privilege of being able to honour these wonderful women who with such care and love care for these orphaned children. Our Master Jesus said ‘In as much as you have done it to the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me’ (Matthew 25: Verse 40).

Sarita Stern