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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Shelter Renovations

Over the past month or so we have been very busy renovating, cleaning and making repairs in the shelter.  Everything was scrubbed from top to bottom and repainted, repaired or replaced.

Many of the children had been placed with family members, foster parents or different shelters at the end of 2009.  With less children we were able to do a lot of work that couldn't be done with a shelter full of children.

 The front of the shelter

 This is painted just inside the entry of the shelter

 The toddler room

 This is what is stenciled around the toddler room

 The infant room

 This is what is stenciled around the infant room

 The children's bathroom

 The new toddler toilets (we're having some problems with the plumbing leaking)

 The kitchen

 The kitchen

 This is what is stenciled around the top of the kitchen, for some reason the picture is blurry.

We have also been helping to complete a dorm that will house up to 8 people.  The dorm will be available to short term volunteers who come to help out at the shelter.

Bedroom #1
Bedroom #2


It's been a lot of hard work and long hours, but it's nice to see everything complete!

Because of all of the work that needed to be done in the shelter, we haven't been accepting new children.  But now that everything is finished we have started taking babies again.  On Friday we received a precious 2 week old baby boy.  He will be staying at the shelter until an adoptive family is found for him.

Janis, the founder of the shelter, and the new baby

Saturday, May 1, 2010

How To Support Us

We've been having problems with the Parker, Colorado post office not delivering mail.  Because of this we have a new donation address.  If you would like to support us, please send donations to:

World Hope
4380 S. Monaco Street
Apt. 2092
Denver, CO 80237

Please write in the memo: Smith South Africa

We will soon be able to accept online credit card donations.

All donations are tax deductible, you will receive an end of the year tax receipt from World Hope.

We are so very grateful for everyone's support.  We could not be here without you.