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The Founders of SizaBantwana, Frank and Minky Makhubedu Mashego, along with their two children, are visiting the United States in June. They would like to meet, thank, and worship with us on Sunday, June 10, 2018! Let’s give them a warm St. John welcome!

As you may remember, about a year ago, we were busy sewing dresses for the children at SizaBantwana, a nonprofit organization in Hazyview, rural South Africa. St. John Lutheran seamstresses were able to make over 80 dresses that were delivered by five teachers from Jefferson Elementary School, which has an ongoing relationship/partnership with the orphanage dating back to 2014. A grant was also provided by the St. John Foundation, which funded three sewing machines (had to be purchased in Africa/AC voltage differences), six months’ supply of fresh water, and 60 food packages!

SizaBantwana cares for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children by addressing their immediate needs and the larger issues in their community to ensure that the children have a bright and hopeful future. They are committed to developing a positive environment through providing food, clothing, home-based care, health services, social development services, religious services, opportunities for exercise and recreation, training, outreach activities and community development.