In normal times we would have been in South Africa in January or February, but this year it was not to be. Of course, in "normal" times you can go to South Africa at any time of year. But the heat of summer is very welcome after Christmas.
Here you can the view from our favourite bar at Kenton on Sea, where much good thinking on behalf of Khanya has been done.
However, in 2021 we had to do our thinking from our sitting rooms and back bedrooms, or in Ade's case, from his garden shed. So, we've been tidying up our admin and are currently trying to get to grips with a CRM (client relationship manager – a fancy expression for a database).
We've also been contacting other charities working in our areas to see if there are ways we can work together, and also to try to learn more about what constitutes best practice for a small charity such as ours.
Of particular interest, and mentioned with grateful thanks for the time individuals took to talk to us are Cecily's Fund which works in education in Zambia, and the Donald Woods Foundation in the Transkei.
Roll on next January when we hope the sea and sand, as well as many productive conversations will be possible again.
Christina Thomas is a trustee of Khanya and serial volunteer at Amasango Career School.