On Saturday 9 June, The Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation volunteers once again shopped up a storm for 16 charities at Makro Woodmead. This was the largest grocery shop ever.
The team also visited a few charities on the Saturday, together with Kabelo and Danny K. They started off in the East Rand with a visit to Epworth Children’s Village, in Germiston, which is one of five multi-racial charities that we assist. They then went to Fountain of Love in Katlehong, a longtime beneficiary of NCCF. We fully renovated this home two years ago, but with so many children filling every space possible, it could do with a coat of paint and a few minor repairs.
Maphindi’s Day Care Centre and Pre-School in Thokoza was next on route and a new organIzation to be adopted by the NCCF. The centre was opened in February 2007 and now cares for 51 children aged 6 months to 6 years. Maphindi’s also runs an after care facility for school goers, with many of these children depending on the centre for their only meal of the day. Betty also assists other indigent children in the community with distribution of bread and vegetables on a daily basis. With 3 educators to assist her, Betty runs this day care from the grounds of her own little home, but to call it a centre is a misnomer as the shacks are ready to collapse.
They then moved onto Lambano Sanctuary in Malvern East where most of the children are orphans and many HIV positive. The Sanctuary runs a 12 bed children’s Hospice staffed by a fulltime nurse and care-givers in one of their 3 adjoining properties. They do receive regular supplies of groceries and toiletries from The Foundation, but are desperately in need of small appliances, cutlery and crockery, as well as bunk beds. The NCCF will be taking care of those needs.
Nomonde’s Orphanage was next on the list and they receive continued support from NCCF and have only one small request which we are definitely assisting with as their children – boys and girls alike – spend their spare time playing soccer in the large back yard. Nomonde has created an inter soccer tournament with a local Alexander children’s club and their first, of what they hope to make an annual event, takes place appropriately on Youth Day 16th June. The Foundation will donate a trophy for the Nomonde Cup, a floating soccer trophy for the winning team.
Tintswalo Day Care was our next port of call, where we assisted with the much needed renovations and additions. This Day Care was transformed into a safe, warm,bright and fully equipped environment for the children in day care as well as those school goers who arrive after school for a meal and homework assistance. However, we are going to send our builder back to Tintswalo as a local builder started on the addition of 2 toilets with disastrous results and we are going to take on the project as a matter of urgency.
At Emuseni wEnkosini we were met by a few children in this tiny one room facility, with an even smaller kitchen and no ablution facilities. In fact, unless you know where in 16th Avenue Alexander you need to leave the road and climb through rubble behind a few dilapidated houses, walk through a shack filled lane and then come upon this little structure, you would not find Emuseni. Thandi is looking for bigger premises in the area as she has had to reduce her care to just 27 children as no more can squeeze into this little home. NCCF has assisted with educational equipment and will continue to supply groceries to the day care.
Abangani Enkosini cares for almost 250 children daily which the NCCF has supported for almost four years. These children, many from child headed households, indigent families, or in the care of guardians visit Abangani early in the mornings on their way to school to enjoy a quick bowl of soft porridge. On their way home they stop off again for their only other meal of the day
With the 43 organizations now assisted by The Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation, we continue to make a difference and it is not without your caring support.