Marian – or Clemmi, as we call her, has been a part of The Zoe Project for many years. She served on the committee as secretary for almost 8 years and has been overseeing the packing of thousands of Mom and Baby packs. Since The Zoe Project became an official NPO, she also has the arduous task of stock taking and costing every item that we receive. Clemmi stepped down from the committee in April 2016.
She tells more about herself.
I trained as a registered nurse, loved midwifery and caring for premature babies but ended up specialising in Community Health. I always believed in ‘prevention being better than cure’.
After many years working for the Department of Health as a Nursing Service Manager in charge of the Family Planning and Training Courses for the Western and Northern Cape Municipalities and Regional Councils, I felt called to go into some form of missionary work. I went the United States and joined the drug rehab program started by David Wilkinson “Teen Challenge”.
I continued working as a nurse until 1984 when China opened their doors to S.A. because of the new Government. As a child I was always fascinated by the Chinese people and had a great passion to go to China. Doors flew open and I found myself in a small city in the South of China. While learning the language I got involved with a couple of orphanages and kangaroo-cared and fed many a premature babies. I taught English to staff members at the various places I stayed and worked for three years.
On returning home I started teaching English to Asians living or holidaying in Cape Town. It was during this time that I met Tracey at church when she invited people to become involved in The Zoe project. I went to the first meeting and have been a part of the program since then. I love hand crafts so I started knitting small teddy bears as I felt every child deserved a soft toy and jerseys etc. I became a member of the committee when it was formed and have been the secretary for + 8 years.
It has been a very fulfilling experience to see how this project is so blessed by the donors selfless giving. The delight and thanks from the staff and mothers is rewarding in itself.