Our chilly Saturday morning started out at Ubuhle Bezwe Home in Tembisa, where most of the younger children were snuggled under warm blankets on the floor of their crowded bedroom, awaiting our arrival. The older children all delighted in taking turns trying to hoola hoop with the hoops donated by Nashua Finance, used at the NCCF Golf Day. The home is in need of heaters, but Barbra cannot afford the gas or electricity bill if we do purchase them. She has also requested bowls, mugs and cutlery, but we were fortunate enough to have Sarit Tomlinson from Capacity Relations join us on the visit to our first three stops, and she will be donating those items.
A very special charity appeal that was received by NCCF last month, came from Phutanang Training Centre for the Physically Disabled in Tembisa. As we were in the area, I took the decision to pay them a visit, as all they are requesting is food. They care for 65 mostly Down Syndrome children, and others with various mental and physical limitations. They try to teach them literacy, as well as skills such as bead work, woodwork, blanket-making, and will soon add beanies and scarves to their repertoire. Merlyn from Nashua Comms has a contact for beads, and is hoping to assist with that donation as they are currently need to purchase materials. Phutanang also hopes to be able to self-fund the centre by selling the goods made to the local community, as they do not receive anything from Social Welfare, and most of the parents cannot afford the monthly care fee of R200.00. I hope that with the next Makro rebate, we will be able to fulfill Alice Semenya’s wish of a grocery shop to help sustain these desperately needy children.
Thuthukani Community Centre is brimming at the seams with 356 children receiving day- and aftercare, and for most, their only meal of the day. Their daycare supports 97 toddlers and their aftercare a further 259 children. The centre has added computer training and sewing classes for all the teens interested in these skills. Thanks to Capacity Relations, Sarit has promised the centre a party next Friday – an early Mandela Day commemoration – where she will supply a jumping castle, hotdogs, juice and other treats.
The NCCF volunteer group, skillfully driven by Sergio, then continued their travels in Ivory Park to visit three of the 16 day care centres assisted by the Daycare Pre-School Group. The children of Tshimologo welcomed us with songs. With 30 children in her care, Mary is in need of an additional toilet for the centre, but is otherwise most grateful for the regular grocery supply and the educational equipment received earlier in the year from NCCF. She and her teachers generously prepared a delicious meal for us.
On to Agang Bokamoso, where we were greeted with hugs and smiles and many thank you’s for the toilet block built by the NCCF builder last year, and which is kept spotless and in perfect working order. We were also thanked for the regular supply of groceries for the 109 children schooled at this day care facility.
At Zamokuhle where again we inspected the toilet block built by the NCCF builder last year and all in tip top condition. The 25 children in day care at this centre were thrilled to receive sweets from us and sang their thanks before their teachers presented us with a very large thank you card.
Thusong Children’s Home is overcrowded with 22 resident children, and a further 15 receiving aftercare and food aid. The children were delighted to receive sweets as well as Nashua Finance hoola hoops, and showed off their skills immediately.
Diepsloot streets are potholed – in fact some of their streets only have potholes and no road, so we were forced to park a distance away from Bambi Care and take a precarious walk to the crèche, which now accommodates 37 children daily. It remains well-kept and Maureen is most grateful for the grocery and educational supplies received from NCCF.
Our final stop was at Deflire Orphanage where Jaqueline is now forced to turn away children, as she can barely cope with the 38 orphans living in her overcrowded home. Thanks to her fundraising efforts, she has managed to add a four-toilet block outside, and has also built a small study for the older children where they can do school homework. She has included a library in this little room.
A fulfilling day for all who joined the NCCF, and it so good to see how our assisted charities are coping.