Children of Fire says thanks 17 July 2008
There are government departments and government departments …. And who ever had a good word to say about any of them?
Children of Fire does.
The First Burns Charity in Africa is spreading its wings across the continent and that, of course, needs assistance from South Africa's Department of Foreign Affairs.
Visas and permits are needed.
Special clearance for refugees.
And help with all those unexpected "what if" situations that always seem to occur… especially if you are far away from home.
Charities can't present gold statues like the Oscars.
We can't give money or expensive gifts.
But we can say a heart-felt Thank You to our:
Best Government Department of The Year: Foreign Affairs.
Thank you to all the special people in Pretoria, from the Minister's Office and at many other levels.
Thank you to the Chargé D'Affaires in N'Djamena in Chad.
Thank you to the staff on the ground in Libya.
Thank you to the South African Ambassador to Tunisia.
Thank you to the Democratic Republic of the Congo specialists.
Thank you to experts in Gabon.
Whenever you are needed, you are there. One of our foreign children lost his air ticket in Tripoli. He was not South African and not even travelling to South Africa at that time - but who did we turn to for advice? South Africa.
They ensured that the child was fed, happy and sent safely on his way… even on a public holiday.
Within the next 12 months we'll be co-operating with several North African countries, sending South African medical specialists to help burns survivors there.
In October 2008 the medical outreach in Kinshasa, DRC takes shape.
Africa is burning and Children of Fire is playing its small role, trying to extinguish the pain.
We couldn't do it without Foreign Affairs.
Thank you for putting the "civil" back into civil servant. Thank you for being there when you are needed - any hour of the day, any day of the year.
Children present to say thanks: Philisiwe (16), Boipelo (14), Sameh (18) from Tunisia, Yassine (16) from Tunisia, Katrinky (13), Doreen (10), Dorah (14), Sizwe (7), Feleng (6), Zanele (4), Seiso (3), Thapelo (2), Rumbi (11).
Thursday 17th July 2008
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