Celebration – July 2014
“It is in your hands to make the world a better place; it is in your hands to make a difference.
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”
Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.
Every day, Kids Haven strives to live out the ideals of Nelson Mandela when he said ‘it is in your hands to make the world a better place”. On the 18th July 2014, many visitors came to Kids Haven and intentionally used their hands and hearts to help our children and give energy to the Organization. They came with smiles, celebrating the birthday of this unique Statesman who dedicated his life to South Africa. They came with gifts for our children to mark Madiba’s birthday. Others came with party food so that all the children could have a fun-filled day. Even more came with food and clothing to fill our pantry, our fridges and our cupboards to overflowing so that we would feel the magic of Mandela’s birthday for many weeks to come. Thank you to each one.
Kids Haven is grateful to every person who came to Kids Haven on Friday. Sometimes we become weighed down with the burden of suffering that we see when children walk through our door. We become angry and frustrated at systems and parents and family members who fail children. We are anxious and upset when our children fall apart after doing so well, or when some of them seem unable to take up the opportunities that Kids Haven has for them. We have our days when we wonder if we can keep moving forward.
On Mandela Day this past Friday, everyone at Kids Haven was energized by the messages of good will and strength that all our visitors brought. We were proud of our children and our home. You thanked us for the work that we do and encouraged us to keep doing it. All the visitors recognized that, while they give of their time in many small ways, Kids Haven is committed to full-time care and development of the children who live here. This was an incredible day – thank you to every person who said ‘thank you’, ‘keep it up’, ‘how can I help’, ‘I brought you this for the children’ and many other messages of support and kindness. Thank you for using your hands to make a difference.
The impact of Mandela Day:
2012 – The SEIFSA Training Centre (STC) initiated a relationship with Kids Haven in 2012 when the STC staff brought a donation of food and clothing to Kids Haven in commemoration of Mandela Day. In 2013, Adele Pillay (Manager: Youth Skills) approached STC requesting assistance for a young man, Nyiko S, who was about to complete his Matric.
Phalaborwa-born Nyiko and his 4 younger siblings have been living at Kids Haven for the past 8 years. Nineteen year old Nyiko was given a bursary by STC and joined the centre on 2 April 2014 and is currently training as an apprentice boilermaker.
Nyiko expresses his gratitude to the SEIFSA Training Centre for giving him an opportunity to improve his life. “My dream is to become independent and be able to provide a stable life for my four siblings and myself” he concluded.
[SEIFSA News June 2014 p31]
It has been a beautiful day and a rewarding experience and thank you so much for the opportunity.
I have walked in your team’s shoes today to understand the type of work you do and also the challenges you face daily. I must say it’s a daunting task and there is so much more we can do." - Billy Sephume
Thanks to Joburg Photowalkers, Discovery, Kalahari.com, Digital Planet, Liveiro Civils, Legal & Tax, PPD, Smeg, Checkers Carnival Mall, NYDA, 94.7, CemAir, Naartjie, Bloomberg, TPA, Woolworths Nicolway, SSQ Exhibitions, APSO, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Johnson Matthey, Troux IT, The Open Society Foundation, Peacock Engineering, Bridging Loans, Major Tom, members of the Cunnings, Rees, Panther and Bothma families and Sweetness and Momo from the Council plus our angels who donated clothing and all sorts of goodies, made donations on line and funded books via Kalahari.com. THANK YOU.