Help bring the magic of Christmas into our Home
Seven years have passed since Pamela and her two siblings were left outside our gate … abandoned by a mother who was unable to care for them. Since then, they have never left our Centre. They’ve spent every Christmas, and every school holiday here; they have nowhere else to go.
And it hurts. Because, some of the other kids do visit their parents or extended family during the holidays, under the careful supervision of the social workers. Spending time with family is part of our Family Reunification programme aimed at getting kids back where they belong – with their own family.
But, because Pamela and her siblings were abandoned, we had very few details to work with. And although the children know they are safe and loved here, they still feel left out when the other kids’ chatter excitedly about their plans for the holidays. Plans that include treasured time with their parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents.
It would mean so much for Pamela to also be ‘going on holiday’ this Christmas. And for a while it seemed that it might be possible.
Earlier this year, we finally managed to locate her mom in Mpumalanga. Sadly, the mother’s circumstances remain the same. But, shortly afterwards, Pamela’s paternal grandmother contacted us and we began the screening process … hoping that the children could possibly visit her this Christmas.
But every arrangement we try to make falls through. And we’re going to have three very disappointed youngsters … along with around 50 other children who aren’t able to go home for the holidays.
But with your help once again, we can make this festive season just as special for them here.
Please help make Christmas a time of fun and excitement for these boys and girls – by making your donation online now.
Your contribution of R250 will provide a special Christmas meal – with ice-cream, sweets, cool drink, festive decorations, crackers to pull and a small gift under the Christmas tree for a teenager like Pamela.
R120 provides a care pack of body spray, skin cream, soap, deodorant, shampoo and Vaseline (which are always needed and greatly appreciated). R299 buys a summer dress for a teenage girl, or 3 kids’ t-shirts. Gifts of any amount are deeply appreciated and will make a difference!
Because they all help make Christmas a happy, exciting time for boys and girls who might otherwise feel left out and forgotten at this special time of the year.
Best of all – giving happiness to a child adds to your own enjoyment of the festive season. So go ahead, and be as generous as you want to be!
children deserve to be safe & happy
In a perfect world, every child would grow up in a loving home – with enough food, clothing and opportunities to play and learn.
But it’s not a perfect world.
The Durban Child & Youth Care Centre strives to give children who’ve been orphaned, abandoned, neglected or abused, another chance of a happy childhood. We provide a safe home, all the daily necessities, education and encouragement to help them develop into healthy, well-adjusted kids.
Wherever possible, we work with the family to enable children to return home. Because every child needs a place to belong.
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