How does one even begin to comment on all that has happened over the past few months? The devastating flood of April will certainly remain etched in the minds of all in KZN for decades to come.
We were blessed that our children, staff, and their families survived the ordeal with minimal loss and damage to property and personal belongings.
And although our grounds took a beating, our aged but solid buildings stood firm against the torrential rains.
We were however saddened to hear of the passing of a woman who spent her childhood in our care. Over the past 30 years, she had built a successful career and life. But in the early hours of that fateful day, she lost her life when her home collapsed on top of her, her partner and her son. I recall her as a feisty 16-year-old, who faced her truth with courage, and never used her years spent in the Centre as an excuse for not giving her best.
Nokhanyo’s story is another such testimony to resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulty and challenge. We know there are many more stories like this still to come. This – and the amazing generosity of our friends and supporters – is what encourages us to face tomorrow with hope.
Mandy Goble – Director Durban & Child Youth Care Centre