Alteration hampers operation of haven

2017-09-14 06:00
Answering a calling to do something bigger and more fulfilling, well-known business owner and qualified social worker, Taise Sampson (47), is set to change many lives with her safe haven, Thárros Child and Youth Care Centre, in Hankey.                Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

Answering a calling to do something bigger and more fulfilling, well-known business owner and qualified social worker, Taise Sampson (47), is set to change many lives with her safe haven, Thárros Child and Youth Care Centre, in Hankey. Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

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THÁRROS Child and Youth Care Centre - meaning courage in Greek - is ready to welcome its first young resident, but there is one problem: a possible lifesaving alteration.

Formerly known as the Hankey Children’s Home before it closed down in 2014, Thárros serves as a safe haven for up to 30 children between the ages of two and eight in need of short-term emergency placements, while social workers investigate the best options for their long-term care.

According to owner Taise Sampson (47), they are in dire need of a 270m² fire proof ceiling to separate the bedrooms on the first floor from the bottom floor.

“The Department of Education insists on a Clearance Certificate from the local Fire Department, before they can approve our application to open the first of its kind facility for abused and neglected children in Hankey,” says Sampson.

“The success of our entire application to accommodate up to 30 children rests on this ceiling. We can currently only house a maximum of six children in the bottom section of the house.”

Sampson says, “The aim of Thárros is to offer a safe haven to those in crisis; providing hope, security and opportunity to girls and boys between the ages of two and eight who have been victims of abuse and neglect in the Kouga region.

“We will work hard to ensure that each child placed with us is given a safe, caring, healthy, and structured environment in which they have every opportunity to become successful and happy individuals.

“The children will live in a five-bedroom house, where they will receive nurturing, love and encouragement in a family-like atmosphere, along with educational services - providing a solid foundation for their continued growth and development into adulthood.”

Apart from the owners providing a temporary home, special focus will also be placed on programmes for both the children and families.

Monetary donations can be made to Thárros Trust at First National Bank, account number 62617211074, reference Ceiling Donation. For more information, contact Sampson at 083 500 0910 or send an email to tharroscyc@gmail.com.

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