Rare chance for caregivers to relax
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.