Before they came to us, Pearl and Nate basically lived on bread and water
On a good day, there might be some jam to spread on the bread. Not only was their dad struggling to make ends meet, the electricity had been cut off, making it impossible to cook proper meals.
Sadly their mom is out of the picture. So, while their father works on getting back on his feet, the children have been placed with us.
Pearl and her big brother arrived here with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. They were undernourished. And although he’s old enough, Nate had never been to school. Not only was there no money for school uniforms and taxi fare, he was needed at home to look after his little sister while their dad was out working.
Now, at last, he has a chance to learn his numbers and letters … how to read and write and work out sums. Best of all, he doesn’t have to worry about Pearl. Because he knows she’s being well cared for while he’s at school.
Thanks to caring people like you.
Your support helps us provide plenty of good, nutritious food to help children like this grow up strong and healthy.
But now that winter’s well and truly here, all the children need to start the day with extra helpings of steaming porridge … sandwiches, oranges and bananas in lunchboxes … and nourishing soups and stews with rice and potatoes for supper.
If you’ve been shopping recently, you’ll know how grocery prices have shot up. Not to mention the cost of clothing and fuel for transport.
So, you’ll understand how grateful we are for a little help from others. People like you, who understand how easy it is for desperate parents to fall through the cracks … and how just a little kindness and a helping hand makes all the difference.
If you’ll make your donation right now online, you’ll help us stock up on basic foodstuffs that help children grow – porridge oats and maize meal … milk, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and rice.
You probably have many of these items in your grocery cupboard and fridge. More than enough for your own family. But imagine catering for a ‘family’ of 74 growing children!
It takes a huge amount of money to pay the grocery bill each week. That’s why any amount you can contribute now is so greatly appreciated. So please, for the sake of little ones like Nate and Pearl, may we count on your help now?
This is all they ask … a nourishing plate of food tonight to ward off the cold and help them grow strong.
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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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