ONE MINUTE ON EARTH 2014 HAS ALREADY ACHIEVED FAR MORE THAN I COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED.
The successful upgrade of the Vuka Ntomboyi Culture Home’s shelter for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Langa, Cape Town took place last week because of you! Heartfelt thanks all the way from South Africa to you photographers for your life-changing images. Further funds will be spent on flooring, paint, a small garden, furnishings and educational supplies and support for the children.
What was once a dark, damp construction of mismatched materials with no windows, is now a solid, bright and spacious shelter with a waterproof ceiling, fireproof walls, a concrete floor, and a welcoming front facade of windows and front door. Nomute and the children now have a safe place to sleep and a proper shelter to call home.
Kudos to the committed Kujaja Photography team and their contributing photographers for inspiring radical acts of kindness from across the globe. In South Africa we have a special term for this - Ubuntu - which means 'people are people through other people'. These simple moments of kindness are what make us human and remind us of the universal bond that connects us all.
With the $7,500 sponsorship money generously donated by Steve and Wendy Siegel, 50% has already gone towards the construction work.
The remaining 50% will go towards the book publishing costs. The profits from the book sales are still to come, and will allow for further investment in these children. I am so overwhelmed at the level of generosity this project has generated. The kujaja.com One Minute on Earth book will take pride in the new accommodation and I think that the children will love seeing all your images from around the world.
A big thank you to the kujaja.com team and a special thanks to Francisco Marty who has worked so hard on this kujaja.com charity project.
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