Approx. 9 months after first visiting the projects in the township of Khayelitsha, Andrew Reynolds decided to revisit his friends and see the progress being made.
First call was to see Vicky, who had received money from Andrew to help finish the 20 houses in her street that had been built to roof level before running out of cash.
As Andrew approached the township he says he was struck by the way that nothing seemed to have changed…until he turned the corner into Vicky’s street and saw a community all involved in finishing their houses – roofers working to put roof tiles on the houses, plasterers finishing the outside finish of the building structures, carpenters fitting doors and painters applying protective paints.
Andrew was then taken completely by surprise when Vicky announced that the whole community had got together to hold a special day of prayers and thanks in their community centre, with Andrew as the guest.
The local choir turned out to sing songs of thanks and speeches were given by elders of the community and members of the committee that had fought so hard to get the building project going.
The day was finished off with a tour around the houses and an opportunity for Andrew Reynolds to meet those who would be directly benefiting from his financial help in getting their new homes finished.
Vicky then had prepared a meal, at Vicky’s famous B&B – the smallest B&B in the world – for Andrew and his team, to thank everyone for what they had done to help the community.
After the visit Vicky announced that she was to open a large restaurant near to her B&B, to provide meals for tour buses who come to the township. The restaurant would provide an opportunity for her to explain to visitors, more about the aims of the community in Khayelitsha.