SKNLOGIC in Sierre Leone

Karin Theunissen, the founder of SKNLOGIC and Natasha Adriaanse, the General Manager joined Hands on Africa, a non-profit organisation, on an outreach programme to their orphanage in Sierre Leone in June 2012.

Hands on Africa erects orphanages, clinics and widow care centres in rural areas across Africa.

What started out to be a project to give and share with the children of Sierre Leone, became a life changing experience for us. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, that it is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. These words never made more sense to me than at the very moment we stepped onto Pendembu's soil.

We went to bless and in return we were blessed with unconditional love and acceptance.

The orphanage is situated in a small village, Pendembu in the Eastern Province of Sierre Leone, about 60 kilometres from the closest city, Kenema. The population of Pendembu is about 7000 and most are from the Mende ethnic group.

The orphanage, which was established in February 2012, houses 46 orphaned children, ages from 5 to 11, from Pendembu, Kenema and other neighbouring villages. The welcome from these 46 children when we arrived at the orphanage was overwhelming, to say the least. We were hugged and greeted from all angles, and we soon learned we would not have enough arms and hands for all the little hands that would want a little bit of affection and love.

The team from the USA came with lots of gifts for the children, new colouring books were given, a marker for each child – a first as they were used to using crayons, toys, new clothes and lots of sweets.

The orphanage children were not the only children to receive a bit of joy from our visit, we also went to the local primary school in Pendembu to play with them and of course, hand out sweets...... a luxury that moset of them have never had a taste of.

These children, as little as they have, are so full of joy and love, it was a revelation to how we should all strive to be. Complaining less about what we don't have and being more thankful for what we do have.

Finding joy in every moment.....

......and love for every person we may come across.

SKNLOGIC and the staff from Logica Beauty Supplies have made the commitment to adopt 6 of these children from Sierre Leone.

You and your family can get involved by adopting one of these children for only R280 per month (less than a cup of coffee per day). This will feed, clothe and educate the child and give him or her a place to call home. Only 15 of these 46 children have been adopted thus far, so if you feel like you want to give back to the children of Africa please contact Natasha on 021 552 6999 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."

- Mother Theresa