Jubilee Creek 2013

Jah Jah have fun with some of the kids at the waterfall.

My name is Jah Jah Mbondo and I live in our Rastafari community called Judah Square which is known for its great cultural background, good food and even better hospitality.

On Sunday, 1st of December, i dragged myself out of bed, both tired and excited. The holidays had begun but I had planned nothing so far. The only reason why I got out of bed early was because “Wicked Mike”, a community friend, was taking us on a trip to Jubilee Creek. He loves bringing smiles to people’s faces, especially children.

It was 8am, our time for departure. Nearly 30 children, including me, were lining up with anticipation when a row of cars drove up and parked a few metres away from the “mob” of children. It hadn’t been a few seconds when kids ran to greet the volunteers from Love Knysna Projects. We then took off for Jubilee Creek in Rheenendal (which is the countryside area of Knysna).

We finally stopped at a small picnic area, beside a narrow river. Immediately, I was trying to get the kids to change before they got in the water. I thought that it would be tough to keep these kids calm but they were on their best behaviour. We all wet our feet and examined the beautiful scenery around us before getting ready to eat.

Jubilee Creek 2013 - Nadine


The meal was delicious, from fruits to sandwiches! Everyone’s eyes widened when Mike and another lady brought out 2 large, chocolate cakes, covered in icing, made by a lady called Nicky. On the one, I could read the words, “CHILD OF THE YEAR.” That one was put in front of a young girl called Naddeen. I could see her smile stretch:) Nadeen has a condition where both her legs curve outwards, making it difficult for her to walk. She is going for her last operation soon. Nadeen is very tough, like her mother and her grandmother who never give up. Nadeen has gone on many trips before, thinking that her condition would hold her back but, instead, she endured whatever pain she felt with no complaint (and with friends beside her to help).

After eating we went on a hike up the river. It felt like eternity so I wondered how Nadeen would make it. On certain parts, Nadeen’s grandmother, surprisingly, carried her on her back. At the midway point of our journey was a magnificent waterfall. I couldn’t stop myself from getting in – the water was cold and refreshing. It took at least an hour for all the kids to get out of the pool at the foot of the waterfall.

It was time to go back but no one wanted to. This time, Nadeen didn’t want help. We made it back to the picnic area fairly quickly. There, the gifts the volunteers had given us were surprisingly intact, a great feat for the children from Judah Square. We got into the cars which took us home safely.

I thanks all the helpers from Love Knysna Projects and SANParks, on behalf of our community. I was happy that my Sunday was well spent!

Pezula Spa - Julie and TaniaTania Hendricks and her friend Julie are teen residents of Judah Square. Love Knysna Projects organised for them to be pampered at Pezula Spa and Gym. Tania tells us what happened (this is her first blog):

The day at the spa went great. The trip there was cool because we had a pretty view on the way.

When we got there, everything was beautiful. The people that work there are really nice (and pretty as well). I got excited just by wondering what we were going to do first.

I got locker #14 for my clothes. On it, it said “Perfect”. Julie’s locker said “Love”. I bet that describes our personalities well:)

We got dressed in robes and big slippers. My foot must be half that size. I went walking around like a duck and enjoyed it:)

Julie and I were split up and taken into different rooms. Then came my favourite part – nails! It felt kinda weird letting someone else do my nails ’cause I’m used to doing it myself. But that lady made my nails so pretty I couldn’t stop looking at them!

We then went into a room that was silent. Me and Julie lay there on the waterbeds, talking about the place the whole time. After that, we got smoothies and went to take pictures. We waited for 45 minutes for our nails to dry.

Then Julie got in the pool and afterwards we went into the sauna (steam room). I didn’t wanna get out because it was so enjoyable and relaxing!

I enjoyed the day. every part of it. And I bet Julie did 2.

Thanks for giving us a day to remember.

Awesome day that was love.


From Tania.

NB: You can read Julie’s blog about the day at LKP.

Volunteers from Love Knysna Projects treated 4 of our children to a wonderful beach trip to Jaap se Baai (near Brenton-on-Sea) 2 weeks ago. They then doubled the fun by throwing a pool party with tons of food for 14 children in Hunter’s Home. This was made possible by Sista Kerri, Dee, Wicked Mike, Hanlie and Anne.

Jaap se Baai trip

Pool party in Hunter's Home