Walking the Camino for Change

“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world – indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

“When we make space for personal growth, we can change the landscape of our lives.  When we make space for others, we can change the landscape of the world.” On 29 August 2019, Veronica Ellis, Liliane Delacour and Elisabete Dos Santos de Sousa embarked on an intentional journey for both. 

Over a period of 30 days, we were blessed with insights and experiences of Veronica’s 700km Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James pilgrimage: Facebook fundraising page

Through this journey, they sought to: grow spiritually; whilst raising funds to repair informal homes for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa through Habitat for Humanity SA.

The team managed to raise an incredible R43 000 from their network of supporters, families and friends. We thank you for your support of these incredible women, as well as of Habitat for Humanity SA’s OVC Project. The life-changing gift of decent shelter is the foundation toward uplifting oneself and one’s family out of the generational cycle of poverty. If you would like to support the initiative further, please DONATE.

A month has passed since those last steps were made to the finish and we asked Veronica to send us a concluding reflection on her journey:

“It’s been a month since the Camino. I cannot do otherwise but reflect. On my return I have found that the world has not changed, but I am certainly different.
I encounter discomforting areas where I need to make some slight changes in my life and I experience the grace of God where I least expected to find it.

700 km … I never thought I could walk that distance, but I had put it out there and so I had to do it. During the Camino, I had learnt that every small step you take moves you forward. Now that it is done I still can’t believe that I walked 700 km! I also learnt that every small deed matters. The OVC project has huge challenges with so many children having to take charge of their homes and siblings. Some as young as 12.

So I thank everyone of you who gave so generously to supporting our cause. With your gift to humanity some orphaned and vulnerable children will have some dignity restored, a home and a future filled with hope.

To those who missed the opportunity to contribute, one can still click on the image (below) and touch the future.”

 

 

THANK YOU, Veronica for your servant-heart. Your continued support of Habitat for Humanity SA’s programmes and projects as well as the young minds and hearts that you are raising to be future changemakers is more valuable than you could ever imagine! We so value you.

If you would like to start your own fundraising initiative in support of Habitat for Humanity SA and the work that we do, please email: [email protected] for more information on how to get involved.