Hillcrest mom’s ‘Roots’

2016-08-09 06:00
 Photo: supplied Catherine Clay with two pupils.

Photo: supplied Catherine Clay with two pupils.

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HILLCREST mother Catherine Clay is the epitome of kindness, compassion and care.

Her remedial school, Roots, provides education and stimulation for children to help them reach their maximum potential in life.

Clay started Roots (rising over obstacles through support) in January because there are many children who require a different approach to education, and this is either too expensive or they are restricted by long waiting lists.

She said while on holiday on a farm in the Berg in December she was watching her daughter feed birds and counting as she threw seeds for them and it dawned on her that a farm would be the perfect place for a school for pupils with barriers to learning.

“We cater for children who are able to follow curriculum work as well as those who require educational stimulation. With the farm environment children can engage in meaningful learning tasks on a practical level.

“Our pupils have ADHD, autism, Downs Syndrome, developmental disorders, among other issues. We also offer therapeutic horse riding, sensory cooking classes, art and drama therapy as well as music. We are in the process of registering as an NGO, and rely heavily on donations and volunteers,” she said.

Clay ultimately draws inspiration from people who overcome adversity and realise that courage isn't a mighty roar, but the voice that whispers: "I will try again tomorrow".

She is inspired by every person’s personal achievement no matter how small, as this is part of their journey of actualising their potential.

“Roots enables pupils to never give up and know that one step forward and two steps back is a ‘cha-cha’ not a setback.”

Clay said that although this is Women’s Month and people should value days such as Women's Day, everyone is given a voice and a chance to be the best they can.

“Everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves. Know the children in your community, know their strengths and weaknesses and help them grow. Every child is unique, build children up, believe in them, don't compare them to other children, no one is mediocre, everyone can be a somebody.”

For more information, contact 072 575 9695 or email info@rootsre medialcentre.co.za - Supplied.

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