The St Kizito year always starts with a big bang. Purchasing, packing and delivering school uniforms for the children in our programme is no small feat. Our dedicated voluneers are always up to the challenge.
This year we were able to assist 358 children with school shoes and socks or a school shirt. To watch a little face light up with absolute delight when receiving a school uniform just tugs at the heart-strings.
Thank you to all our donors whose contributions helped create a little joy in the lives of some very special children.
The months of November and December 2017 saw a flurry of activities for the children in our programme. There was an outing to Strandfontein beach and four Christmas parties. Gifts, eats and sweet parcels were the order of the day and we even managed to persuade our project co-ordinator to act as Father Christmas!
Our Advent Candle Fundraising Drive was launched and was a huge success.
A huge thank you must go to our members, volunteers and Donors who assisted in making these events possible.
It is with much anticipation that the children and parish groups in our programme await our annual SKCP group Christmas parties.
We received a wonderful donation of Bath Sprudels for inclusion in the children’s parcels. The Christmas parties are always a highlight on the children’s calendars and is often the only Christmas celebration they will experience in the year. Thank you to the Bean People in Fish Eagle Park for their generous donation.
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!