Rare chance for care­givers to re­lax

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - MATLHATSI DIBAKWANE

IT WAS a day of hon­our as trib­ute was paid to care­givers of the Rood­e­plaat Or­phans and Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren Care Cen­tre for their self­less work by tak­ing care of the chil­dren.

The 13 care­givers and 280 chil­dren houseed at the cen­tre sat down while the City’s Multi-Party Women’s Cau­cus (MPWC) cleaned the premises, do­nated uten­sils and food parcels and pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment for them.

MPWC chair­per­son Rose Maake, said the rea­son they paid homage to the cen­tre was be­cause of the hard work the care­givers of the cen­tre faced ev­ery sin­gle day and with­out fail they were able to run the cen­tre bril­liantly.

“With school hol­i­days upon us, many work­ing moth­ers face the dilemma of hav­ing to ei­ther take their chil­dren to work with them, leave them in the care of a neigh­bour, or leave the chil­dren alone at home,” Maake ex­plained.

Maake said they worked with the NGOs in the City and with more than 280 chil­dren at the cen­tre there was a lot of need.

“Since it’s school hol­i­days, we are aware that chil­dren are com­ing here to get fed. We chose this cen­tre based on the num­ber of chil­dren and their need.”

Cen­tre man­ager Joyce Maboe said her love for chil­dren started when she housed four or­phans while still look­ing af­ter her five chil­dren 10 years ago.

“When I started, I housed four or­phans, and it then grew to 50 chil­dren and I prayed to God to help me with my jour­ney of help­ing our fu­ture lead­ers. Now we have pro­gressed through the years and have 280 chil­dren. We have been strug­gling but we were pa­tient as chil­dren are very im­por­tant to me, I love them a lot and they are part of me.

“The peo­ple who are be­ing hon­oured to­day are hard work­ers even though they get noth­ing in re­turn, and I’m proud of them as they are my go-to peo­ple,” she said.

She said the cen­tre was a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that had an af­ter-school care fa­cil­ity where they as­sisted school­go­ing or­phans, as well as other vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and youths in school with their home­work. They also have a Sun­day school.

Care­giver and daugh­ter to Maboe, Malet­satsi Maboe said eight years ago she started help­ing her mother out. This was when she saw how big her mother’s heart is.

“For me to be a care­giver and help my mother out is great and I saw no need to find work. I would rather help with the chil­dren than be any­where else.At least when I’m be­side her, it’s eas­ier to get the work done,” she said.

“You are at this cen­tre be­cause of cer­tain chal­lenges that you faced, but what I want to tell you is that there are peo­ple out there that love you. We are here be­cause we love you, so you have peo­ple on you side who care about you.”

This was the heart­felt mes­sage speak­ers at the cen­tre told the chil­dren to keep their spir­its up.

Man­ager of the cen­tre Maboe ap­plauded the City and the MPWC for com­ing to pay homage to her care­givers but pleaded with them to help with ad­di­tional needs such as swings and com­puter labs.

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