On Greeting Cards and Shopping Bags

On Greeting Cards and Shopping Bags


We have a few volunteers who have offered to give their time for free to make greeting cards (Christmas, Birthday, Anniversaries, special Holidays, etc.) and shopping bags.  For examples of the work: See pictures above and below. All proceeds of the sale thereof will be for the benefit of the children in the homes that receive aid from Heart for Children. In order to prevent waste, they will rather work on your specific order.

Please contact Annette at 0834696875 or annette.pool@gmail.com 


Some feedback from Heart for Children

Some feedback from Heart for Children

We have asked our beneficiaries if perhaps they could give us some feedback about some of the children that were placed in their care and that in the meantime have left the nest, so to speak. We received our first feedback from Alfonse and Yvonne van Galen from the Rehoboth Children’s Village in Port Shepstone.

Yvonne writes:

Hi Henry and Annette,

We have several children who are now independent. Heart for Children houses have sheltered young kids until now and those who are independent had just flown out when Heart for Children also started supporting the city house. But we can give an update on a few kids. Some have chosen to have little to no contact with us, others keep us informed monthly.

2 young ladies now work regularly at Rehoboth, one as caregiver to the babies and one with woodwork restoration (see photo at the begin of this newsletter). Another young man now works on a nearby estate. These ladies rent a room next to each other in Murchison and the young man lives with an uncle. He is now training hard to run the Comrades in August. See photos far below

Our first child from Rehoboth is also renting a room and after Barista training, he worked in a restaurant for a while. Now that the high season has ended, he is working at a large macadamia farmer where he has learned about the nut cracking machines and is involved with supervision.


One lady works in a law firm and studies in the evenings to continue with law. Another young lady is now doing 2nd year patisserie training after 1 year chef training in Johannesburg. After her education is finished, she hopes to go abroad which has always been her dream.

And another young lady has part time cleaning work. She is our first lady who is pregnant and expecting her child in September. Unfortunately it seems the father is not willing to be part of the upbringing. Another young man has been working at KFC for years now and rents a room and rides a bike to work every day.

I have a few photos of those who found work. See attached.



(Yvonne and Alfonse are in the first picture below)

Many thanks for your ongoing support to Heart for Children!!!

Heart for Children, FNB Cheque acc. no. 62215969116, branch 252-445, or for internet banking use 250-655. We will provide you with a certificate of payment if and when required as soon as we have received your gift. Regular monthly contributions are preferred so that we can plan for the number of foster homes that we want to support. Please note that Heart for Children is an approved public benefit organization.

Wishing you God’s richest blessings!


Annette, 0834696875, annette.pool@gmail.com


Henry, 0836297690, henrypool7@gmail.com


Toys from Father Christmas!

You will recall that we made an effort late last year to collect toys from you, especially for the children of the Share Tears and Grow safe house in Nellmapius. Man, was it really Christmas in that home! The children were overjoyed. Click on the video slider to see the pictures.

Many thanks to all of you that donated the toys!

2021 Easter News letter

2021 Easter News letter

Dear friend,

If ever I heard a song that stirred my soul to realize again the importance of Easter, it must be this one: https://breadonthewater.co.za/2021/03/26/easter-song/

Indeed, the lyrics do carry the most powerful message the world has ever heard!

My own favorite Easter story is of course the one where Jesus appeared to the two men from Emmaus. It brought me to a point where I looked at the Scriptures that Jesus must have been referring to, in Luke 24:27.

See here: https://breadonthewater.co.za/2019/04/15/easter/

As a man of science, and since I first attended an exhibition in 1977, I have always been interested in the Shroud of Turin – said to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Indeed, I wrote something about the Shroud here:


I was surprised to hear that in the light of the pandemic they are apparently planning an exhibition of the Shroud on television on Holy Saturday, i.e. 3/4/2021. This is really something: exhibitions of the Shroud are normally very, very scarce. I quote from Msgr. Nosiligia, Wednesday 3/3/2021:

“In these troubled times we need to nurture and communicate our hope. And for us believers the most effective way to increase the hope of the whole world is through common prayer, by kneeling before the Lord. For this reason, we celebrate also on Holy Saturday, the day of silence, before the tomb of the Lord but also of the expectation of his resurrection, a special liturgy in front of the Shroud that reminds us of this event, the living center of our faith and our hope.’ More about this here: https://www.shroud.com/latebrak.htm

Irrespective of whether you believe the Shroud is real or not, you must agree with the bishop’s sentiments. Indeed, if there is anything I hope we have learned from the Corona crisis, it is our dependence on God for health! In this respect I should also mention that it seems many of us are even suffering from some form of depression now because of all the restrictions on church and family gatherings. Let us all kneel and pray that we will soon be free from the scourge of this disease.

Crystal Cathedral Ministries SA (CCMSA) is broadcasting a special Easter service via the internet. Dr. Schuller’s message centers around John 11:25 where Jesus said: “He who lives and believes in me shall never die’.  It is the video on top of our CCMSA page. Please click on the link below:


If you missed the testimony from Immaculee Ilibagiza on how she miraculously escaped the Rwandan genocide, you must watch the video just below our Easter service!

Many thanks to each one of you who continue to support Crystal Cathedral Ministries SA with your tithes and donations. May God bless you richly.

Like many other charities at this time of Covid 19,Heart for Children is also battling with lower-than-expected income. For the time being, we have therefore put our plans that we had at the beginning of the year, on hold. I am sure that things will improve as soon as the economy picks up some steam again. In the meantime, as an extra income for Heart for Children, Annette and Adele will make greeting cards (birthday, thank-you, Xmas, sympathy, etc.) and linen shopping bags, on order. See pictures at the far end of this news letter. All proceeds will go to Heart for Children. If you are interested in ordering this from us, please contact Annette atannette.pool@gmail.com

Every little bit helps!

We wish you a very blessed Easter and Passover. If you are going on holiday, please travel safely! Please do stay safe and healthy by taking the necessary precautions for Covid 19.

Henry (0836297690) and Annette (0834696875)

henrypool7@gmail.com     annette.pool@gmail.com