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Planting HOPE – preparing for harvest!

We all desire to see a big harvest in our own lives, but also in the Kingdom. 

Some time ago one of the large retailers in South Africa gave out Little Garden Seedling Kits. Kids loved it, but adults alike were intrigued by these seedling kits. If you are anything like me, you probably shared my excitement to begin exploring the wonders of this planting process. It required you to open the pack, remove the seeds, prepare the ground and finally to plant the seeds into that ground. What a satisfying experience to see new leaves push through the ground over time.

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Four years ago, the POPUP seed was planted in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB). It was a seed of hope. Engrained within it was a dream to see a city transformed through people full of hope. People living with purpose.

As this seed grew, it moved from a school classroom to a dedicated house. The learners helped with the renovations adding their signature to this dream. Now, POPUP NMB consists of four classrooms, two offices and a dining area where our learners enjoy lunch and share life.

The skills programmes also expanded from Life Skills and AET (Adult Education and Training) and now includes Computer Skills, Office and Admin, Sewing, and Arts and Crafts.

August marks the next chapter!

Agriculture skills will be included in the list of opportunities for learners to pursue their dreams and do their part to transform the city. This programme exemplifies what it means to Plant Hope. Seeds of opportunity for the learners, the community, and the local economy. During the training, learners are encouraged to connect with a local creche or early development centre in their community. They will each assist a school to set-up a garden to provide fresh vegetables for the kids. And there is no better facilitator to pioneer this programme than Karen Bardenhorst.  
She started her journey at POPUP as a learner. She came from being a drug user, and living on the streets, to become a pillar of strength at POPUP NMB. Karen received training from Farming God’s Way and planted a garden here at POPUP NMB. Her seedlings will be used during the skills programme. Each learner will receive a tray of seedlings upon graduation from the programme.

Our hope is that they will start their own garden and serve their community or start a small enterprise.

We celebrate our growth, which started small. The impact was made but most of all hearts were touched, lives were changed, and communities are being impacted!

“An ordinary favour we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.” — Sharon Salzberg

Yolandé Botha
POPUP NMB Centre Manager 
C E L E B R A T I O N / /  POPUP Nelson Mandela Bay celebrates a learner who has great dreams for the community.
We asked one of our funders in NMB some questions.
This is what they had to say…

Why do you think impacting the city through POPUP helps the city? 
“We are thankful for the opportunity that POPUP provides us. We want to be involved in the community where we stay and make a difference here. POPUP gives us that opportunity! They impact the lives of people through skills and training and while doing so also ministering into their lives. We believe that the change in their hearts will influence and support them for the rest of their lives. POPUP helps them in a spiritual way and also develops their skills so that they are prepared to enter the workplace.”

How are your partnering with POPUP? 
“We are contributing financially.”

Why are you partnering with POPUP?
“When we moved to PE from Durban we prayed, and God showed us that He wants us to contribute towards people in need in this city. In POPUP we found the ideal opportunity! We want to thank the people who are doing all the hard work. Yolande and her team.
Keep up the work! We appreciate you.”
Consider one of the following events, at POPUP NMB
POPUP Golf Day
Date: Friday 20 August  
Venue: Wedgewood Golf Club
Cost: R350 pp or R3500 per hole (BBB)

Purpose of Event:
Networking, Fundraising and Awareness campaign for POPUP NMB

Contact Details:
Schalk Pienaar 082 788 9800
RISE ABOVE Ladies Event
Date: Saturday 16 October
Venue: Artuo Teatro Richmond Hill
Cost: R250 pp

Purpose of Event:
This event is for all women in business, which includes home makers. Come hear the stories of four inspiring women who RISE ABOVE to conquer the challenges that life has thrown at them.
Speaker Line-up:
  1. Vicki Fourie – Miss Deaf SA 2009 and first princess at Miss Deaf International 2010
  2. Margaret Jantjies - Corporate Services Directorate at Kouga Municipality and Founder at Women Of Worth Jeffreys Bay
  3. Kim Taljaard - owner of a business that trains physically disabled young people to be part of society
  4. Nadine Smith – cancer survivor
Please contact Yolande Botha 083 270 1572, for more information.
Click here to download the POPUP - Needs list for the month of August. 
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