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Makana, a village to LIV in 

The LIV Makana village plans are underway in Grahamstown with Lara Kruiskamp leading the development. Shannon Frost reports on the progress of the village.

Plans for the LIV Makana village in Grahamstown are underway as a meeting and prayer for the land was held on 26 February. Lara Kruiskamp, CEO of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, is leading the new development and is optimistic that the village will be up and running by 2018.

LIV is a registered NPO that aims to raise the next generation of leaders in South Africa. LIV places orphaned and vulnerable children into a family environment with a trained foster mother and school facilities. It also ensures that all physical needs of their children are met. LIV currently has an established village at Cottonlands, KwaZulu Natal that fosters 600 children. Their future plans are to have several villages across the country and restore South Africa.

Kruiskamp’s dream for LIV Makana became a reality when Colin Meyer, CEO of Makana Brick, donated 80 acres of land for the LIV village in 2014.“Words cannot express my overwhelming feeling of awe, gratitude and excitement,” Kruiskamp explained. She plans for the village to welcome 500 children into a community of 72 homes, a school, an early childhood development centre, a medical clinic, a multipurpose hall, and sports facilities.

Lara Kruiskamp giving brief feedback at meeting. Photo: Shannon Frost

Lara Kruiskamp giving brief feedback at meeting. Photo: Shannon Frost

The meeting was held at the LIV Makana land and was attended by members of the partnering Frontiers Church. “It is fantastic to have an enthusiastic team from Frontiers Church lead by Dave and Kate Koch behind the dream and vision,” said Kruiskamp.

Kruiskamp announced the exciting plans for environmental specialists to survey the land and guide the subdivision of the land, land rezoning, building and farming best suited to the land; marketing, branding and designing a logo for the village progress. Lou Mardon, a volunteer, was also announced as the project manager of LIV Makana. The land was then blessed with song and praise by members of the Frontiers Church as Kruiskamp clarified how “this is God’s project, not ours. We are His hands and feet”.

Members of the partnering Frontiers Church sing and pray for the LIV Makana land. Photo: Shannon Frost.

Members of the partnering Frontiers Church sing and pray for the LIV Makana land. Photo: Shannon Frost.

Join Kruiskamp and the Frontiers Church on the last Thursday of every month at 6pm to praise, worship & pray on the LIV Makana land.

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