St Vincent de Paul Society, at St Norbert’s Catholic Church in Kommetjie, donated some beautiful blankets for the families in our Programme. Our Cape Town winters are harsh, particular for those whose accommodation is not equipped to deal with the cold. Seen in the picture are two of our volunteers accepting delivery of the blankets. Our volunteers distributed the blankets and these were received with huge smiles of appreciation.
We were able to purchase toiletries and lockable cabinets for our groups with funding received from Rotary Club, Claremont, Cape Town.. Seen here is Nomsa, from our Guguletu group, with a cabinet and toiletries. Toiletry items are always received with much gratitude from teenagers, as often there is not sufficient money in the household to purchase items so many of us take for granted. Thank you Rotary for your kind donation and Dischem in Sun Valley, Cape Town for your reduction on purchases.
We managed to distribute some beautiful knitted jerseys and beanies to the children at our Guguletu group. Our Cape Town winters are very cold so these jerseys were received with much joy.
As a nurse I often came in contact with children who were physically abused, neglected and malnourished. Where I lived children often came to my door for food, sometimes even late at night. Mothers came to my door, begging for money, using their children as a reason for their request. I have encountered children living in households where drug abuse is high. These households constantly have raids by the police and the children, particularly boys, feel important as a result of these raids.
When I stopped driving, I had to walk across the station in my community, and there I found children living underneath the station bridge. They were not at school, very untidy and begging for food. I then felt the need to reach out to these children but did not have a proper platform from where I could work. I was very happy when the people from St Kizito Children’s Programme came to our parish to recruit and start this programme because when approaching the parents I found them to be reluctant or rude. I immediately signed up to become a member.
My dream is to develop the children to become responsible teenagers and adults, to show them there are better things in life than crime, abuse and teen pregnancies. One young man I dealt with was removed from his mother, by social services, and placed in foster care. He has completed his Matric (grade 12) and is now doing casual jobs in different areas in order to find a career. I take joy in his development.
Children are our future and we need to drive them in the right direction. My children and grandchildren have to date reached their dreams, therefore I need to help other children to reach their dreams.
We received a donation of over 120 new children’s books written in English, Afrikaans and Sotho. These will be distributed to some of our groups. They are in good condition and will certainly bring joy to many a child.
With the help of Genesis (St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Rondebosch) we were able to distribute over three thousand marshmallow Easter eggs to children in Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Kleinvlei, Lentegeur, Mbekweni, Nyanga and Paarl. The children were delighted to receive an Easter surprise!
A team building event was held in February 2017, which included a trip up Table Mountain. Tickets were donated by the Table Mountain Cableway. Our volunteers had a great day together.
The Mbekweni Group started an initiative to teach children how to grow a vegetable garden. An area of land was identified at their local church and with the assistance of Donors, various seedlings were planted. Unfortunately vandals destroyed the area and seedlings. Efforts are being made to obtain more seedlings.
SKCP was able to partner with Samaritan’s Feet to distribute shoes to children in need. Before receiving the new shoes, each child had their feet washed by a volunteer. During this time the volunteer was able to engage with the child, making this a rewarding experience for all.