The Knit-a-square program has inspired volunteers in more than 60 countries to knit and crochet more than 1.5 million blanket squares, hats, hand-warmers and toys. Your efforts are helping to keep the children warm but to keep this operation running every day, we need to extend your love and support.
Your donations are the backbone of financial support for the operations on the ground in South Africa, making it possible for them to continue.
Whether it's helping to pay the rent, a stipend for the gogos to sew blankets, fuel for the KasVan or to cover postal charges of $3.75 US per parcel, you make it possible to keep striving toward warming and comforting the children.
Our goal is to remove the monthly deficit that Ronda and her team have to deal with.
1. Make a donation whenever you are able.
2. Sign up for an ongoing monthly donation (subscription).
3. Shop at the KasShop!
Please follow this discussion for monthly updates, current financial reports and ideas on what we can all do to help.
Thank you for the financial updates Andrea, much appreciated. Yesterday I have sent a parcel to KAS, today I made a donation for processing the blanket and squares at KAS. Gives always a good feeling to be able to support where possible.
The financials have been updated above. An important note from Ronda:
"It doesn’t look great, but we have sufficient in the bank account to pay the rent for September (next week) and keep going until we get our next PAYPAL credit in early Sept.
July was an expensive month for gogo blanket payments… we are slowing them down so as not to be paying out at R15/blanket quite so often.
They have been in a rush since the increase, obviously enjoying having a little more money at their disposal – bless them !
The rental seems to climb slightly also – and now our landlord has completely given up on the provision of wifi connection in the building, which is VERY frustrating for the board members.
As it is, they have no connections at home, in Soweto, and always relied on being at the KASbarn to catch up on things.
I could look at getting our own wifi, but for one day a week it hardly seems worthwhile – and certainly not right now while we are being careful with our funds."
Here is the expenses breakdown for July:
Thank you for this update, Andrea. Oh how I wish I was a gazillionaire so I could look after all of Ronda's expenses and keep the volunteers connected and the gogos smiling!! We will all have to do our best with what we have to offer and say a "thank you" to Ronda for stretching the budget as far as she does! xo
Totally agree with EVERYTHING you have said, Glo. How frustrating that the rent goes up, but the facilities available go down.
My neighbor wants to make a donation using her credit card but the donate page is not responding. She says after clicking the donate button and selecting credit card, the enter amount section does not respond.
I tested just now and got the same frozen screen.
The trick to using the donate button is to type in the dollar amount before clicking the credit card button. If you do it the other way, it won't let you input the dollar amount.
I hope this helps.
Thank you thank you Andrea. That works for me and I just ignored the coma taking it to mean a period for my currency. I'll let my friend know.
Here is the KasShop report for August.
Our total for this month was $442.67. Not a bad effort at all, I say. Keep your eyes peeled for a brand new, exciting and unique shop item to hit the shelves of our KasShop very soon. Hint: It will be especially fun for those who want to add some colour to their lives. :o)