Jacaranda Children’s Home Christmas Lights Project 2010

Posted: December 25, 2010 in Current
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It is Christmas Eve, and I took a drive to the Jacaranda Children’s Home.  Firstly, I want to quote a part off their website to give you a background of what they are all about.

Extract from their website:

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”

1. Who we are and what we do?

Started in 1918, the Jakaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes are non-profit organizations (NPO) that look after the welfare of abused children.  These children are removed from their parents and placed in our care by the South African children’s court due to:  abandonment, neglect, emotional and physical abuse.

Our primary purpose is to provide the children with clothing, housing, schooling, food, security and stability.   In addition, we ?aim to provide the children with the necessary therapy, life skills and emotional support that they need in order to become ?responsible adults and curb the cycle of abuse.

2. Current figures:

The Jakaranda Children’s Home is currently looking after 250 children between the ages of 18 months  and 18 years. Louis Botha Children’s Home currently cares for 97 children between the ages of 5  and 18 years.  The children are divided into groups of 13; each group living in separate houses under the supervision of house parents.

3. Cost per child:

To cover the running costs of the two Children’s Homes, the marketing team has the giant task to raise R26 000 000 annually. (The cost of raising a child is roughly R5 500 a month).  Only 30 percent of this amount is subsidised by the government. By supporting the Jakaranda and or Louis Botha Children’s Homes you will give back to the community supporting an institution that is effectively administered and motivated to help children reach their full potential.

Link: http://www.louisbothachildren.co.za

These children’s homes are tackling different fund raising projects and one of them was the Christmas Lights Project which I think is an amazing experience to drive through! As I walked through this road, I could feel the passion and effort that went into making this project a success! This made me realise how some are reminded on a single day that Christmas is about giving.  This organisation and everyone involved with it, is giving every single day!  They don’t need a holiday season to open their hearts.  These people give every child a Christmas every day by giving them a chance to a life and a bright future.

In short, we all have a lot to learn.  There are people out there that we neglect, yet they are building the future of our country by giving part of themselves to a child on a every day basis.

Thank you to the Jacaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes for the work you do!

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