I first volunteered with Threads Africa by going on a 2-week group trip. After seeing the amazing community that is Kayamandi, South Africa, and the incredible work that Threads does there, I approached them about returning a year later and for a longer period of time. Even though I was just one person, a single female college student with hardly any finances or skills to offer, Threads still worked hard and gave me the opportunity to volunteer for 3 and a half months at Kuyasa learning center.
My husband, a general contractor and I joined a Threads team to Kayamandi, South Africa because we wanted an opportunity to have a meaningful hands-on experience with making a difference in the lives of children in South Africa. Our participation with building the first Kuyasa Computer Learning Center was well planned out which enabled us to complete the objective that we set out to accomplish. As keynote speaker to the Pastor’s Wives of Kayamandi, I had the privilege of sharing my own personal experience with the death of my sister Rose and how her strong faith and commitment to helping those in need led me to them on her behalf. The closing message was the empowerment of the women of Kayamandi to take responsibility for all of the children in the community by personally sharing small acts of kindness. We came to South Africa with a rose and we left with a beautiful garden of memories. Threads of Hope, Africa enables you to experience a meaningful act of kindness that will reinforce that each person does make a difference. You will leave saying… Zonke Izinto Zinako Ukwenzeka… “All Things are Possible”!
Threads Africa is a wonderful non-profit with a focus on education. They lead teams of people to South Africa and demonstrate the amazing change that comes through education. I later started the Kuyasa Film School under the Threads Africa umbrella. We work to educate and equip students in film so that they may gain employment in the booming South Africa film industry. Along the way we use film as a sort of art therapy, allowing students to tell their own stories. Threads Africa is an amazing organization, and you'll be forever changed by your experience in Africa.
I have been to South AFrica four times with Threads of AFrica and will be joining them again this summer to work in a township called Kayamandi. To see the changes and progress over the years is remarkable, and I would challenge anyone with a desire to serve to join a Threads team. I have learned so much about other cultures and customs, how people live, and what values really are important in life by being a part of Threads of Africa.
Threads of Hope is an outstanding agency for those interested in experiencing a real-life relief trip. They understand the preconceived fears for first-timers and make every effort to ensure that your trip is safe and comfortable while you stretch your limits. We sleep in cozy beds, with wonderful bathrooms and delicious food - there is nothing to worry about! This frees the traveler to really focus on working in the community. By partnering with a local agency in Kayamandi, South Africa, Threads has earned the reputation in-county for being a reputable, effective, and trustworthy organization. They truly see their overseas trips as "exchanges", allowing for mutually learnings. Because Threads goes back to the same location every year, evidence of their efforts are blossoming in the community. It is a blessing to see momemtum building and lives changing. Thank you Threads for thinking of every detail, for allowing me to volunteer in my area of interest and for your commitment to changing a generation in Africa.
I had the opportunity to travel with Threads of Hope Africa in July 2007 to Capetown, SA. For two weeks I participated in the construction of a prototype home in the village of Kayamandi just outside Stellenbosch, SA. Our team constructed a fireproof/waterproof 1-BD dwelling in less than one week. I also participated in the construction of a computer lab/classroom for the children of the village. Threads is a class organization that is committed to helping this particular community of Kayamandi on an ongoing basis. I highly recommend them as an organization.
What an amazing organization! What an amazing trip! These people know what they are doing and do it well. What impressed me the most is that there is so much planning and thought that goes into what Threads does and the children of Kayamandi are the direct beneficiaries - you do not have to wonder where your money is going - you can go and see for your own eyes.