On Saturday 28 March the Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation visited eight of our assisted charities. Once again, UBER transported the NCCF volunteers and three Johannesburg Mini Councillors around Soweto.
The Mini Council generously donated 13 500 Easter eggs to the NCCF, which distributed to the homes we visited, and will deliver before Easter to the rest of the charities with the help from Nashua and Reunert staff.
Ratanang Group for Children with Multiple Disabilities is always welcoming, and can only be described as a happy sad place. The Cerebral Palsy children are so well cared for by a team of dedicated staff. The NCCF still awaits hospital and departmental permission to repair two rooms at the centre, which were destroyed during a veld fire more than two years ago.
Embizweni Day Care is a cluster of neat shacks where 45 children are in the care of Victoria Nycoyi and her team. She was delighted to inform us that the centre is due to relocate to a proper facility with electricity and running water within the next month, still in Motsoaledi Squatter Camp. Embizweni is in need of 20 little chairs, as well as play dough and cutting tools, which the NCCF will purchase for them.
At Orlando Children’s Home 60 babies and children live in the orphanage, and another 80 are cared for in their crèche. The large facility is kept spotless, and the children are fortunate to have vast grounds to play in. We are always made to feel so welcome by Mirriam and her team, the songs from the children, and so many words of thanks.
Nkyanyezi Stimulation Centre has been given permission by the Department of Social Welfare to increase the number of children in their care to 60. They are in need of educational equipment, which the NCCF will purchase for them. They were very proud to show off their stimulation room to us, and what a sensory experience it was.
Thembelenkosini Care Givers continues to burst at the seams with more than 150 children accommodated on this small property daily. It continues to be well run, and the caregivers commented that without the NCCF’s support they could not assist so many indigent and orphaned children.
Matjele Community Centre looked unkempt, and now only supports 157 children. An additional 100 children are now in the care of SANTU. Matjele is experiencing issues with the local council around property ownership, although the facility is a cluster of shipping containers located on a piece of fenced land.
Joy At Work’s name says it all. Sylvia has raised funds to erect two multicoloured shade ports, painted the property bright yellow, and clothed all 82 children in individually named t-shirts. They are in need of educational equipment, which the NCCF will purchase. Two of the classrooms have badly leaking ceilings, so our builder will be asked to assess the repairs needs.
We would like to again thank our friends at UBER and the Johannesburg Mini Council for their contribution and assistance to make this another great outing.