Canadian Anglicans lend a hand

Church of the Ascension Hilton  Canadian team web June

A team of Anglicans from Canada recently spent two weeks in Pietermaritzburg working at a high school and a crèche.

Through a link with the Church of Ascension in Hilton, in the Diocese of Natal, a group of 10 people came from four Anglican parishes in the Essex Deanery in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. The eight students and two adult team leaders worked at Never Never Land crèche in Emandleni and Sibongumbomvu Combined School, Cedara.

Most of the young people were students aged 19 – 23. Some are undergraduates at the University of Windsor and St. Clair College in Windsor, others are in work experience or post-graduate studies at Windsor or elsewhere in Canada. They had all been part of Anglican youth groups in their city, including at Church of the Ascension, Windsor, which hosted the mission. Some have raised funds for social responsibility projects run by Church of Ascension, Hilton, since they were eight years old.

At Never Never Land they erected extra poles for the perimeter fencing, sealed a class room and toilet block with wood seal and painted a Wendy house. They also played and did activities with the children. The crèche community hosted a traditional Zulu welcome celebration for the visitors that included traditional games and food.

At the high school they taught lessons in a variety of subjects including Entrepreneurship, English, Maths, Geography, Business Studies and Natural Science. They also organised a morning of physical education that included an obstacle course, soccer, basketball, Frisbee and karate, which pupils enjoyed immensely.

The group donated equipment and materials to the crèche and school that included blankets, craft materials, art supplies and sports equipment. They also bought over R2 000 worth of beadwork Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation, some of which they intend to sell to raise further funds.