“It’s hard to believe that this time 10 years ago the very first seeds of Earthchild Project began to sprout. Three young ladies with a big idea and lots of energy and passion started out in two Cape Town schools. It’s been quite a journey with many lessons, challenges, highlights, connections and growth… and a journey full of the gift of working with thousands of very special children. This journey would not have been possible without YOUR support and the incredible ‘eco-system’ of relationships that have developed over the years. We would like to say a very big THANK YOU to our donors, partners, teachers, schools and volunteers… it has been a privilege working with you all and we are deeply grateful for your ongoing love and support.”
– Janna Kretzmar, Founder and Director, Earthchild Project
On the 12th of November 2016, we gathered together in beautiful Wynberg Park in Cape Town to celebrate our 10th birthday. Ten years ago, this very same green area provided space for the launch of Earthchild Project. With this symbolic connection as a backdrop, the celebration became vivid, colourful, and absolutely beautiful!
When entering the celebration area, our guests were invited to enjoy an exhibition showing the journey of Earthchild Project. Each year was represented by a tree covered with pictures and stories from that year. We are truly looking forward to growing this forest together with you.
After having some homemade ice tea, posing in the photo-booth, and enjoying some face painting, the ceremony began. Our three amazing gap-year interns Asemahle, Sikelelwa, and Sonwabise were the MC’s of the event, and carried their duties out splendidly. The ceremony was filled with dance, songs, love, and tears of joy. Our Director and Founder, Janna Kretzmar, told the beautiful and emotional story of Earthchild Project, whilst getting interrupted by a family of ducks that found this celebration as exciting as we did.
The ceremony ended with the entire Extended Earthchild Family dancing and singing “The Earthchild Song”. Afterwards, the party continued with a vegetarian buffet, hula hooping, more photo booth fun, Thandile on his stilts, and lots of spontaneous dancing. And so much love. Thank you all for supporting us and helping us to grow! We look forward to sharing the next ten years with you.
Written by Amanda Norrlander, Intern.