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Most urgent needs at the moment, in terms of the Refuge in general, are:
(and these are individual needs so best to contact me, so I can get the stuff directly to who it needs to go to)……
I need a vacuum cleaner for H, who is moving towns to be with her kids (who have been temporarily removed from her care) – she’s setting up house, and she says this is the only thing she needs at the moment. I know that not to be the case, but it’s a start.
I also need board games. The refuge is currently without wifi (that’s been fixed up by Rob Isaac), so the women and bigger kids are loving playing games to pass the time. Unfortunately, they were given some, and these promptly disappeared. They’re really gutted about it. Monopoly, scrabble and connect 4 are their favourites so if someone has any of those, please let me know.
On to refuge needs……..
Cooking lessons: Volunteers for Tuesdays 1-2pm. With a team of ladies, can be rostered on.
Household appliances such as blender, blender sticks/whizzes, slow cooker etc to teach the ladies how to make soups, and home cooked easy meals.
Gardening: Looking for anyone with tree care knowledge to prune and tend to our young fruit trees a couple times a year, can be during the weekend.
Looking for anyone to assist with our huge vegetable garden from time to time to give our elderly gardener a break, can be during the weekend.
Refuge Training Evening dates have been changed (to accommodate those away Waitangi Day) to:
Thursday 20th February, 7-9pm, Mangere Law Centre, Mangere Town Square for Information and Training.
Thursday 27th February, 7-9pm, Mangere Law Centre, Mangere Town Square for Training and Matching.
Please contact me if you have any queries: Kris 021 02476465.
Food: replace tins in pantry. Spaghetti, baked beans, creamed sweetcorn, tinned stews? A really great idea is to do an online shop and I’ll give you the address to deliver to. I hadn’t thought of this but Laura Dunkeyson was the pioneer! Also appreciated is Pak N Save/Countdown gift cards (they’re the nearest supermarkets in Mangere). I’m also trying to organise things so people can donate money directly into a targeted account, and I’ll do a big shop for them once a month, but this is more complicated than it seems….
Freezer – Would someone be prepared to cook meals to put in the freezer on a semi regular basis? They could also do with a new big chest freezer. The one they have in the laundry is kaput. We’d also need a way of getting rid of the old one.
Stocking the freezer is a great idea – many of the women have to wait for their benefit, and are penniless/foodless for a week or so when they arrive. Food already being there for them would be a wonderful thing. Christina suggests: mac cheese, sheps pie, homemade meat patties, bacon and egg pie, spag Bol,meatballs, chicken dishes or pasta, curries etc. A kind person is sending a $100 Countdown gift card and I’m taking one of the mums out next week to do a wee freezer-fill shop. These gift cards or online deliveries are a great way to go – if you email me, I’ll give you the physical address of the Refuge to send any grocery deliveries to. The gift cards need only be about $40, and having these spare will mean Christina can administer them to any woman who has run out of funds for food.
Milk, butter, cheese – Milk is paid for by Te Whare. Is there someone prepared to approach Anchor/Tararua/whoever to this end?
Fruit: approach Foodbox. Market gardens in the area – McKenzie Rd strawberry farm, Mangere Bridge Fruit and Vege.
Food shopping lessons – some of the women are going to be super budgeters, others not so much. Having someone on hand who is prepared to take individual women to the supermarket and show them a few tips is a great idea.
Suitcases – many of the women arrive with only the one suitcase, or whatever they have managed to get away with in black plastic bags. When they move on to their new lives/homes, they need suitcases!
Kids clothes – 36 families a year in Refuge. Often there are 12-15 children at at time. Currently there are around 12 kids in there, and another 6 coming this week. They range in age from 19 to newborn. Circumstances change very quickly at the Refuge – women come and go all the time. So clothes are a precious commodity. Thanks to all of you, not as precious as they were. But there is, obviously, an ongoing need.
Shoes – all ages. At the moment, we have particular need of childrens’ (girls size 13), and size 37 (11 yr old girl). Also size 10/11 shoes please for a 15 yr old girl.
Shoes for women – these women are mostly Pasifika, and their feet are often broad, so shoes need to be slightly larger and wider.
Sanitary products (Johnson and Johnson?)
Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, face washing, moisturizers?, handcream, razors.
Regular pamper nights, hairdresser – once every 3 months, someone comes in to give the women foot massages etc. We need a hairdresser for the women, and children. I’m thinking once a month, for whoever wants to have a cut. My very good friend Selina is thinking about doing nails but if someone else is able to do haircuts, as well, that would be wonderful.
Technological needs: please see Rob’s website http://prng.net/donate/
Rob Isaac and I are thinking seriously about setting up a charitable foundation to cover this but in the meantime we need:
Credit on phones – currently, there are phones supplied by 2Degrees, Vodafone and Telecom. These phones do not come with credit, and the women have to handle that themselves.
Memory cards – the phones given to us do not currently have memory cards. They need them, obviously.
What do women need when they leave?
Kitchen stuff: toaster, kettle, appliances? Tea towels, cutlery, cups, dinner set
TV – freeview/cabling for aerial
Bunks? Beds for kids. Dressers, storage space. The Plastic Box?
Power bills – sponsor a family? Power cards.
Carseats to give to the families
Most mums drive but not with a license: helping them get a licence
Any school needs for kids new schools when they move out.
Most families in need of a vehicle: is there any trusts/organizations that would help a family with weekly payments of a car? (Family would repay car at a very low rate)
Possible tertiary education visits: ie any foundation courses for the mums who have left school as a young teen or what courses are there out there to upskill mums or computer skills education?
If you want to send anything directly to the Refuge, their address is:
Te Whare Marama
PO Box PO Box 43092, Mangere, Auckland 2153.
If you want to donate money to the Refuge, their bank a/c details are:
Te Whare Marama ASB 12-3076-0489694-00
Please use Jackie as the reference.
My twitter handle is @GoodeyeMcWoowoo.