On Saturday the Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation spent a thoroughly enjoyable day visiting nine of their assisted charities, starting out at the Thuthuzela Community Centre where their 15 resident orphans welcomed the foundation during breakfast. In addition to these children, the centre also runs a daycare for 63 toddlers. The home has outgrown their premises, and is hoping that the promised sponsorship of a new home in Kelvin comes to fruition soon. The management could not stop thanking Nashua for their continued support.
At Banakekeleni Orphanage 20 orphans were having fun on their playground equipment in the sunshine. While they munched on the sweets handed out to them by Alessandro, we toured this well-run home and their day care centre, which presently caters for just 13 children, but there is place for more.
At Abangani Enkosini, Portia and almost all of the 256 children fed by this project, were waiting to welcome us. Song and dance followed the handing over of handmade plastic flowers, and thank you cards before the huge group lined up for sweets.
Next we were greeted by the little children at Tintswalo Day Care. Since the renovations undertaken by the NCCF, they have really looked after this centre extremely well, and have made a few further changes themselves through their own fundraising efforts. We have been asked to provide some educational equipment as the day care has grown to thirty 2-6 year olds, and the aftercare still takes on 20 children every day. The NCCF will make these purchases for them.
At Nomonde’s Orphanage the children were eagerly awaiting their little sweets from the NCCF. Nomonde informed us that despite requests to take in more children, she just has no place as the home is bursting at the seams with 45 resident children, and 29 who attend their pre-school. They were very proud to show off their soccer trophy to us, which the NCCF donated to them two years ago, and which they seem to win back at every local tournament.
At Impilo Child Protection and Adoption Services we were met by their director, Sue Krawitz, who took us on a tour of the home. At any one time, 12 abandoned or orphaned babies, or those placed by Child Protection Services in their care, are housed here. There are also a couple of toddlers in the home, but their support does not end there, as about 140 children under protection have been placed by Impilo, and are monitored by them and their team of social workers. Their desperate need is for their immense load of case file documentation to be stored electronically, and to this end, Jeremy Pather is going to investigate assisting with this mammoth task.
Lorentzville Day Care is always a joy to visit with their brightly decorated classrooms and very polite, well-spoken little children. They enjoyed their sweets while we chatted to teachers, who ensured us that they had sufficient educational equipment for the 85 children in their care.
Strathyre Girl’s Home is always a happy place to visit with its 47 talkative and high-spirited girls who immediately asked when we would take them on another outing. A group of teens were very busy in their dorm kitchen preparing lunch, a treat they are given once a month to celebrate the birthdays during that month. They showed off their sponsored TV room with its bright décor and new furniture.
Our final stop at St Mary’s Home with its 62 children and new arrival – a 6-month old girl – was a great way to end our travels for the day. One of the teens made a speech to thank Nashua for all the food that we provide and said because of us, they can go bed to with full tummies.
View more images from our visits on the Nashua Facebook Page.