Help Us Help Them

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Raised by 61 people in 19 months
My four children and I are embarking on an opportunity of a lifetime-- one year working with the 92 children at Mukhanyo Christian Academy, in South Africa.  We need your help. 
MCA provides uniforms thanks to donors. 
The goal of this mission is to develop a computer lab for the students and to develop a hydroponic garden or expand the existing  garden to use as a teaching opportunity so that  the children will develop additional skills to help them support  themselves and their families. The future lab has already acquired some laptops and has verbal commitments for more laptops, a 3d printer and coding/programming software. The teachers, as well as the students, will be receiving instruction.  The lab will then serve to attract "paying" students which will help the school become more self supporting, as well as greatly enhancing the workforce skills of the students. The school wishes  to add grade 7 the following year and additional grades each year through high school.
The school is located in KwaMhlanga, South Africa in the Mpumalanga Province, and for many of the children it is the only quality education available to them in this impoverished region. The school is run by a dedicated team of local teachers and supported by the The  Friends of Mukhanyo, a nonprofit based in Durham, NC. The school currently serves 92 students grades R(K)-6 and provides a Christian based curriculum through qualified and loving teachers. Two warm meals a day are served along with a never ending supply of hugs, songs, prayers and laughter to these beautiful children. Most  of these children are directly affected by HIV, either by having lost at least one parent, being infected themselves or in the case of several, both. 


A group of 14 people, from a variety of churches here in North Carolina, had the opportunity to spend 10 days at the school this past March and as one of them, I knew that I had to get back soon and help. The happy smiles of the children have done more to teach me about the love and hope of God than any experience so far. Your help in this important mission will go a long way toward improving the quality of life of these wonderful and loving children through education.  The percentage of people here living in extreme poverty is roughly 50%. Although I haven't yet verified this fact, I have also read that four out of five black children will not graduate from high school. For more facts about the dismal state of education in South Africa read the June 3, 2010, article in The Economist, " Last in Class."

These children deserve a chance at a better future. Please donate and please spread the word through your church, civic organizations and friends. 

About us: My children are Pearl , 20, Isabella, 16, Samuel, 14 and Aidan 14. They each bring their own unique talent and heart to this trip.  The girls both have lots of experience in theater, voice, music  and art and look forward to working with the children in those areas and in teaching English.  The boys will be helping in teaching English and  the technology area and we will all be gardening.  My background is in nonprofits, currently as the Director of a hands-on children's science center, where we recently opened a regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math lab in North Carolina . Prior to that, I was  the founder of a community gardening project. Our plan is to depart in  mid to late July.  We will know more as the kid's passports and tickets fall into place.  We will be providing updates for you through  this site and then for those who provide contact information through  Friends of Mukhanyo ‌, we will provide updates via social media and good old fashion snail mail.
Detailed budgets will be coming soon on our Facebook page, "Help Us Help Them. " Thank you for reading this far and for any support you may offer through prayers, donations or by sharing our work with others. 
 Keorapetse. Grade 3. He wants to be a pilot.
  Donna visiting with a local family
Writing letters to new American pen pals. The children all had exceptional handwriting!
Getting water from the central tap to wash hands in the class room before lunch.
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A quick update from our family as we begin our 3rd month in South Africa:

We have been venturing more and more out into the local community in Kwamahlanga and seeing all sorts of interesting things, meeting new people, and learning about the area. We visited a public school, met the residents at Angels of Planet Earth -a home for mentally challenged adults- and even went scrounging for manure for the school's garden. We have also been teaching Science Fair 101 in preparation for MCA's first science fair.
Additionally, we have been enjoying our car from "Wrent-A-Wreck." It is a Mazda-323 from years past with hub-caps secured by zip ties and no A/C, but it runs like crazy. We have affectionally nick-named it the "Mazda-Rati." Hopefully our purchased car will be fixed next week -AGAIN (:

Be on the lookout for exciting news regarding MCA's new community garden.

Thanks for your continual support and prayers,

The Kelly-Goss Family
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This is Julia. She is MCA's newest student. She had a rough life before coming here, but is thriving from the love and care she is now getting both at MCA and the orphanage where she is living. Her favorite English is "Hallelujah! Amen!" She is a joyful child and we are loving our time with her.
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Hello Friends and Family,

We've hit a snag. We are patiently (sort of)
waiting for our new departure date of September 5. Our Visas were delayed due to high demand at the South African Consulate in NYC. It seems a lot of people are on their way to S. A.
In the meantime, we will continue to look for a place to live there. We will be staying at Butjani Lodge temporarily, thanks to the gracious offer of John and Penny, the owners.
We continue to be excited and will spend this unexpected time planning what we will do there.
Thanks for
Your support!

Robin, Pearl, Isabella, Samuel and Aidan
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Happy 4th of July! Our time is quickly speeding by as we make preparations to leave our home. We have renters moving in on July 15. We had a sale over the weekend and sold off most of our furniture and belongings and hope to have the rest gone by the end of the week.

We have amazing friends and family helping in this process. My family from South Carolina is here helping to finish up some projects needed to rent out the house. I couldn't do this without their help - especially my mom!

We will drive on the 15th to see our family in Arkansas and my brother and his family will meet us from New Mexico. I am so excited to get the cousins together!

We will return to North Carolina for a few days before flying out on August 2. Thoughts, prayers and advice are more than welcomed!

We are still raising money to cover securing housing and transportation in South Africa. I have been in contact with a couple of
the teachers at Mukhanyo Christian Academy
and get more excited every day!

We will be posting more updates soon.

Growing in faith,

The Kelly-Goss family
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Abigail Villalba
12 months ago

very interesting life. i hope the manure you are picking up is dry :)

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Raised by 61 people in 19 months
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John & Lillie Rowland
7 months ago

In memory of Jim Kelly

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Mary Ann Campbell
11 months ago

Proud of you Robin. Wish I knew your family

Carolyn & MA5001000 Peedin
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lesley d
12 months ago

i miss you but keep enjoying your work!

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Abigail Villalba
12 months ago

very interesting life. i hope the manure you are picking up is dry :)

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