Awareness - Q2 2018
Post date: Jun 25, 2018 9:29:40 AM
We had 28 young people attending the conference at Kloofwaters from 7-10 December 2017. The attendance by most was made possible by a sponsor from the Free Reformed Church Maranatha and De Verre Naaste.
Khothatsong had five leaders in attendance, and Kloofwaters provided four leaders. The Kloofwaters leaders were responsible for structured outdoor activities.
We conducted an attitude survey at the start of the conference, which we intend to conduct again after the follow-up sessions in 2018. In general, the attitude towards people with AIDS are accepting and supportive. Regarding sexual behaviour, the indication is that approximately half the attendees have made the decision not to have sexual intercourse outside of marriage. For all, pleasing God does not mean that a person can do anything he/she likes because they will be forgiven.
Apart from the conference, we had our first follow-up session during the course of 2018 for those who attended the 2016 and 2017 conferences. This first session was held at the Mighty Apies (so named because it is next to the Apies River), a Christian conference centre north of Pretoria. This follow-up was an overnight, with attendees arriving on 2 February in the late afternoon/evening and leaving the afternoon of 3 February. The overnight was mostly sponsored by our generous donors.
We asked the attendees of the camp to report on their experience. This is what they said:
When I attended to the camp, I came here to have knowledge and wisdom of solving issues that are very personal and very deep. The sessions in the camp were entertaining and educating. The way they were taught was so amazing. I learnt that whenever we need help we should ask for assistance, so that we are able to solve the situations we are in. I felt very happy to have such knowledge of helping others and supporting one another through good and bad situations. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK. Kgotatso Sere
The experience was mind blowing, both indoors and outdoors activities. Team work gets better when we give each member a chance to suggest / have a say and full participation. The good moment was when we played volley ball in the water and water slide. Looking forward to doing it again, learning about God and AIDS. Ntokozo
It was really awesome because we learnt a lot, especially on HIV. When I arrived at the dam, I felt as if my heart was going to stop. Neoentle
In my own experience, I honestly did not expect to have as much fun as I did. Learning about the things we learnt opened my heart. I felt motivated but foremost the activities we did were amazing than I thought they would be. Orefile
I did the tree activity, it was amazing. I enjoyed everything. Hope we get another sponsor. Amogelang
I was warmly welcomed at the camp. I really appreciate that. I got to know everyone who joined us at the camp. I was in Patience’s group, I loved the way she communicated with us (she is so loving, kind and generous) I learnt a lot about life and the choices that we make lead us to the future. Love and respect yourself. Sandra Muhlati
The first moment I got here I was overwhelmed by the Kloofwaters staff the way they treated us. We were treated like kings and queens. There was this wonderful staff member Lucy, oh that lady was so wonderful also Anna. The camp was so awesome thanks to Khothatsong for organising this camp. There was this game about trust issues, it showed us some weaknesses that we cannot trust each other we had to balance each other up to the end. We also had to climb a tree, eish the game was cool, It was awesome and the swimming part. The first devotion session was so awesome we prayed and it was so nice. About Khothatsong sessions I heard that everything you do is about taking good decisions. Prince
Since I attended the Khothatsong camp my life has really changed. I was ashamed to talk or discuss about HIV and AIDS. But now I think I will be able to talk about it in my community, so that people in my community maybe aware of the virus, how to prevent this virus by using protection during sexual intercourse. I was also inspired by the word of God. When we were climbing the tree I was so afraid but at least I made it and faced my fears. I really enjoyed all the activities at the camp, the food was good. This camp really changed my life. I will never be the same person again I have grown spiritually. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have changed my life. Khothatso Mbokota
I learnt a lot about God and that even if you do not receive love from people, God loves you every day. I learnt about the importance of God’s miracles. I also learnt how to communicate with people at the camp, the part I liked were devotions; it made me see how the world could be sometimes.I learnt about HIV and AIDS, how we get infected and affected by HIV and how we can prevent it. Koketso Mokwena
I learnt the importance of God and how special God is in my life. I also learnt that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, God is everywhere. I had lots of fun. I had amazing fun meeting new people. I also learnt that people living with HIV or AIDS are also important. Boitumelo Pearl Motsweni
The experience here at Kloofwaters was sponsored by Khothatsong and was an amazing one. Before I attended the camp I did not know what a bible was, but now I know why we have to read the bible. I feel like a changed person because I will stop doing all the wrong things. I met new people and friends in my life that made me feel happy. Mfumo Thabang Mashimbye
As children we do not get a chance to discuss or have conversations with our parents. At the camp we got to interact with the teacher and other campers and express more of what we cannot do with our families. Kgomotso Mashabe
The experience of Kloofwaters accompanied by Khothatsong was amazing. Every obstacle that we faced was really interesting and enjoyable. All the leaders took good care of us and provided us with great services. I am thankful to be being part of this year’s camp and I hope it won’t be the first and last for me. Lebohang Dhlamini
Khothatsong is a non-government organisation, the aim is not to make profit they render services. During the Khothatsong programme we were taught many things e.g. the bible- what is the bible. I learnt about HIV and AIDS, what it is, how it can infect/attack people and how to protect and prevent it. I learnt more about choices in life, the choices that are good a bear results that you won’t regret ever. The activities we did were very exciting and challenging. They taught us how to work and help each other. Xolani Mahlangu.
The best moment I enjoyed was climbing the tree, at first I thought I couldn’t do it but then I did and also knowing more about HIV and how God’s love is. I also learnt that in like you have to make choices that will benefit you in the future. I had great fun if the mosquitoes were biting us. We slept very late and woke up very early. When I listened to the elders giving us advices, praying for us and teaching us the word of God, I felt like God had sent some of his Angels to come and advise, teach and pray for us. We love you all, thank you for everything. May God Bless you. Monique.
When I came to this camp, I was a little nervous. The activities were so hard, these activities taught us that in life we need help; we need to swallow our pride. It was the best holiday ever in my life. I learnt about the bible that it is the word of God. I believe in God. Starting for today I am a changed person and every Sunday I will go to Church. I would like to thank the Pastors and leaders for taking care of us. I really enjoyed playing new games. The food was good. It was wonderful to see the beauty of the place; it was special to swim in the natural Jaquez. Bongani
It was a very nice experience at the camp, the outdoor activities, the food and the service provided by our Kloofwaters and Khothatsong leaders. I’d really like to come again next year and hope the program to continue and prosper. Memphis.
I enjoyed the camp. We got more knowledge on the bible. We played awesome games and enjoyed swimming in the river. Thomas Madala
Being at Khothatsong camp really encouraged me. I learnt more things from people. The tree climbing was really nice and fun. It encouraged me that in life there are a lot of bad and good things, so I was encouraged that there is still a long way to go, it takes time to climb a long tree but if you are serious you will succeed. Vusumuzi Hlatshwayo.
The follow-up session was held at the Might Apies. It was simply heart-warming and Spirit driven. We had intense and thought provoking Bible study sessions. One focusing on respect, leadership and God’s love; another on God’s love, in the context of sin; another on answering the question: “what silly God judges a soul based on a seventy years lifespan”? These topics were all addressed with seriousness and wisdom. The difficulty, as for all of us: God’s grace. We are saved through the blood of Jesus Christ, not by our works.
We did an obstacle course and problem solving games. We swam! And saved two children who could not swim. They were from the Seventh day Adventists who shared the site with us on Saturday. We are forever thankful for our rescuers’ speedy response!
All in all a wonderful day. These attendees will not be part of the December Camp, because we need to expose what we teach and learn to new recruits. We have, however, agreed to take them on a tent/cave camp weekend to experience God and His Creation. In September. They will bring the food and arrange the taxi. But, we seek sponsors for the hike/camp and volunteers to join us. Please consider sponsoring us!