Makeover 2016 season has begun and JAM South Africa already has four completed makeovers under its belt.
Mohau Day Care near Muldersdrift was brightened up by a zealous team from Zion Fellowship, a church in Canandaigua, New York, USA. The 17-member strong team painted the classrooms and toilet buildings, installed ceilings, floor coverings and more – and all in four days during some of the hottest weather we have experienced this summer. On one of the days, the team worked for 13 hours in order to ensure completion!
Reneilwe-Lerato in Diepsloot had an extreme makeover done by a team from JAM Germany. Shacks were removed to make way for brand new buildings which include four classrooms, a kitchen and flushing toilets. A shade net, lawn and a huge Noah’s Ark sandpit complete the scene.
For Mama Mary Maselo, it was a dream come true: “About three years ago, I dreamed that someone handed me a bunch of keys… I never knew it would be keys to my own centre! I have never seen anything so beautiful,” she said.
For volunteer Eduardo Garcia, it was a bittersweet occasion. He had lost his father, Paco, just before the makeover started but decided to come out here anyway. His songs, laughter and positive attitude throughout the week gave way to tears as the makeover came to an end. For all his hard work and passion, we are sure his dad looked down with pride and the heavens must have been lit up with his smiles as the centre was dedicated to his memory.
At Little Stars, also in Diepsloot, a team from Norway transformed the centre in a week amid the pouring rain! One of the volunteers, who had been struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was amazed at the energy she managed to conjour up to help with the makeover: “I just can’t believe I have been able to do some work. I usually cannot do much, but somehow I have this incredible power,” she said. Once again, the lives of those giving as well as those receiving have been changed forever. A makeover makes a difference to everyone!