As a church we support Jill Kinsey, who became a Christian at IECA. She founded an orphanage for around 90 AIDS affected children at Pulane, Lesotho, a small kingdom encircled by South Africa and is now semi-retired, working with Grant Strugnell, Director, and his wife Emily.
Jill initially worked as a missionary in Mozambique and subsequently moved to Lesotho, where she set up the Semonkong Children’s Centre, helped by her daughter Tara and her family. Then in 2008 she moved to Pulane to set up the Pulane Children’s Centre in an abandoned Canadian agricultural project, leaving her daughter in charge at Semonkong. Jill, who had a stroke in 2014 which left her with a weak leg, runs the centre with a team of local staff, while various churches and groups visit to minister and assist in practical ways, such as building play equipment.
A team of 6 from IECA went out in February 2015 and spent 3 weeks helping out, which gave us a real insight into the orphanage. The children attend local schools, and integrate as much as possible with their Sotho culture; they seem very happy and healthy, each having their set tasks and with the older ones helping the smaller ones.
We have a mission table each week after church, selling cakes and jams to raise funds to support this vital work. If you would like to be included on the cake rota, which entails providing a (preferably home-baked) cake a maximum of once in three months, please conatct Sue on 00351 289103873 or 00351 932099588.
“Our goal is not to change the Basotho Children. In fact, if they can stay in their village, that is ideal. But often there is no option other than taking the child into care, and ensuring they are safe, clothed, fed and happy. That’s our aim.”