The Nest Commune from a volunteer’s perspective


 The first time we were told we were going to be serving dinner at the Nest, I was NERVOUS.

When I walked up the stairs, and into the doors, the nervousness intensified! What were these people like, what if they were dirty or try rob us? How nieve!!! 

As we served dinner, home cooked Spaghetti Bolognese, we saw the people for what they really were, normal people who have had been knocked down by life circumstances.  

While some members of my home group dished up grub, I made myself comfy in the dining room, and started chatting to an elderly couple. They were so interesting and friendly, with so many stories to tell. They, like others, had a plan to turn they’re life around and move out of the Nest. I don’t know if they ever will but they were hopeful and that was enough for me. The part that hit home was this couple was my father and mother’s age. They had children, and families somewhere.

Another gentleman works a full time job and the Nest is the only affordable accommodation on his salary. Others were there because on their minimal pension the Nest is their only option. These are real life problems, that have occurred to real people and could in essence happen to anyone. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my fellowship time with the people I chatted to that evening. I was humbled by them and realised how ungrateful I have been in my own life.

I would recommend an evening at the Nest to anyone looking for a good company and conversation, an added bonus is the home cooked meal!

Megan Bosh




Bucket list…

Is Christmas time really the seaon for giving?  Or is that just what we say knowing that the people we give gifts to are likely to give back to us?  Why not give something this festive season that literally changes lives. It is bucket drive time.  Olive Tree Church is selling buckets for R15 with a grocery list from which you buy the groceries. To prevent neighbourhood jealousy please buy all the ingredients on the list and the right quantities.  The complete list is about R200.  This provides some very desperate people with the basics (and a few luxuries) to see them through December.  Every year we are blown away by the responses of those receiving the buckets.  So challenge your work collegues, family and friends and see how many can be filled… 


Quantity  Description 
1 500g Raisins
1 400g (plastic) Peanut Butter
2 125g Soap
1 100ml Toothpaste
1 200g Lemon Creams
1 250g (ordinary) Tea
1 500g Sugar Beans
1 500g Salt
1 1kg Rice
1 1kg Samp
1 500g Spaghetti
3 35g Tang Sachet
2 60g Vegetable Soup
1 2.5kg Maize Meal
1 2.5kg Self-Raising Flour
1 1kg Sugar
1 900g Smooth Apricot Jam
2 170g Tuna
1 425g Pilchards
1 420g Baked Beans

What does a bucket mean to the recipient?



Headway Pre-primary School changes lives

Headway pre-primary school was introduced to Qalakahle ECD centre a couple of months back and decided they could make a difference in the lives of the learners at the crèche facility. Qalakahle ECD centre serves an underprivileged community in Durban. Giving the children a safe space to learn while their mother’s are freed up to try earn a living. Headway have decided that this would be their social give back and they have weekly collections of food, school consumerables and furniture which they drop off at the crèche making the environment in which these children learn so much more nurturing. Well done Headway!

The Big Build – Sept 2011

Well done to everyone who braved the weather to go love a community. We had about 50 people come out. We got a house up just before the rain came down (so Zodwa and Japphat actually get to sleep tonight – their old place leaks so much that when it rains at night they can’t sleep!), 2 veggie gardens sorted out and plenty healings throughout the community.

See some of the images from the Big Build Below:

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