What does a healthy 75-year-old woman do with the luxury of not being tied to a home or geographical location? She invests her gift of mercy in the vulnerable children of South Africa where an estimated one in three will be orphaned by 2015 due to AIDS.
Joye Dickens has been to South Africa six times with her daughter, the last time for two months in 2012. Together, they founded Tremendous Hearts, a non-profit organization that matches critical needs with big-hearted volunteers. Using her past experience in counseling, organizational development, as a household manager, and co-founder of an international adoption agency, Joye will focus initially on peeling carrots and building long-term sustainability for the Masazane Soup Kitchen that feeds 350 children five days a week and is housed in an old shipping container.
Other projects she may work on over the next year include community gardens, recruiting younger women to support the current “gogos” (grandmothers), cluster foster care homes, a day care for special needs kids, grant writing, and other needs as they arise.
While she is gone, please pray for:
- Joye’s health and stamina
- The grandmothers (gogos) who care for the children
- Open doors between the soup kitchen’s needs and municipal services
- Additional finances above her basic budget to be able to fund needs as they arise
- Wisdom to prioritize needs and direction for what to do after her year commitment is completed
You can find out more about Joye and sign up to follow her blog at www.Grow450.com/blog.