MTR children treated to Family Day

2015-10-28 06:00
In front are Eric Reed (14), Salomé Havenga (17), Julian Nieveld (8) and Bianca Perring (18). Eric and Julian represented the Blue team and Salomé and Bianca were the Red team’s representatives. At the back are Allison Rossouw and Monique Grootboom,

In front are Eric Reed (14), Salomé Havenga (17), Julian Nieveld (8) and Bianca Perring (18). Eric and Julian represented the Blue team and Salomé and Bianca were the Red team’s representatives. At the back are Allison Rossouw and Monique Grootboom,

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“WE wanted to give them a sense of family.”

These were the words of Allison Rossouw and Monique Grootboom, two Social Work Honours students from NMMU, who made it their project to create a day with a special sense of family for the children of MTR Smit Children’s Haven.

The family day was held on October 17 and the children, who live in six different houses on the premises, competed against each other. Each house was given a different colour for their team.

“We did a needs assessment and discovered that many of the children do not have a sense of belonging. Some of them are also bored on weekends, and in need of something exciting to do,” Rossouw said.

The family day consisted of different games of “boeresport” in which all the children, according to junior or senior level, competed for various prizes.

“The feedback we received from the housemothers was great. We were told that since the event, the children in each house were closer, and the day really helped them to become a unit. They were a family before, but now they are even closer,” Grootboom said.

MTR Smit Children’s Haven Director, Dr Crystal Watson, said she was extremely proud of Rossouw and Grootboom and what they have accomplished with their project.

“I am so proud of them. They have done an amazing job and the children still can’t stop talking about the event. They really have made a very good impression,” Watson said

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