To Our Great friends in London:
We have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated our long and friendly association with the wonderful folk from TWOWEEKS. Reflecting on our friendship since their first arrival at the Lily of the Valley Children’s Village in Mophela, Kwa-Zulu Natal there are numerous happenings that come to mind. Here are only a few:
Without any doubt the greatest beneficiaries of the TWOWEEKS Volunteer Programme have been the orphans at our two Children’s Villages who have suffered horrendous illnesses due to the HIV and Aids pandemic in South Africa and sexual and violent abuse. The medical and related services from TWOWEEKS volunteers have been outstanding and extended into the surrounding communities. Many children owe their lives to the love and care provided by TWOWEEKS!
However, one should never overlook the impact that the TWOWEEKS experience has on those who participate in its mission as volunteers. We have seen the lives of those coming from the UK to volunteer completely changed and revitalized. Firstly, their perceptions of Southern Africa are blown away. The mix of first and third world social conditions are palpable and challenging. The lack of medical resources and services in the rural communities come as something of a shock.
It was always inspiring to see how newly arrived volunteers transform from culture shock, to second thoughts of having volunteered, the determination to make the most of their decision to come to South Africa as volunteers, and then, amazingly, the commitment to return again in the near future. And many do!
Life is full of challenges, setbacks, opportunities and many good things to occupy our time. That young, well qualified professionals give up their time and financial resources to make a difference in the lives of our orphan children and under-serviced communities never ceases to amaze and inspire us. We will be ever thankful for the volunteers from TWOWEEKS.
With love, gratitude and our very best wishes,
Pat and Noel Wright.
(Chairman and Board member Lily of the Valley: Now Retired)