Children’ winter wishes come true

2015-06-09 06:00
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Jevandrey Daniels (graad 7) van Woodville Primer in Woodlands het vyf komberse ontvang ‘om te help teen die winterkoue’. Op die foto sit die skoolhoof, Mnr Keith Riddles (links) en Chris Barnard van TraceOnline (regs) met byna net Jevandrey se

MM - Jevandrey Daniels (graad 7) van Woodville Primer in Woodlands het vyf komberse ontvang ‘om te help teen die winterkoue’. Op die foto sit die skoolhoof, Mnr Keith Riddles (links) en Chris Barnard van TraceOnline (regs) met byna net Jevandrey se

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“Our house burnt down and now my brother and I are sleeping on the floor. Can we please get a mattress to sleep on?”

This was the plea from a 10-year-old girl from Mitchell’s Plain, one of a myriad of heart-breaking requests made to TraceOnline.

TraceOnline is responsible for a ”wish list competition” for roughly 6000 learners from 13 schools on the Cape Flats and in surrounding neighbourhoods.

They have been contracted by the City of Cape Town to support tenants and permanent residents of the City’s council houses with information relating to housing allowances, while also carrying out collections.

“We are in these areas every day and find ourselves experiencing peoples’ hardship and pain.

“However, it is an entirely different story when one has to read of it through the handwriting of a young primary school child who has opened up his heart about the wind and rain which has swept through his wendy house. Or about how there is not enough food for them in the house to eat or that four of them have to sleep on the same bed under the same blanket. Or their wish to simply have the luxury of ‘having my own room one day’,” says Chris Barnard, project manager at TraceOnline.

“We have decided that each month we will make a few of those wishes come true. The winning child’s school will also receive a substantial supply of stationery.

“We know that our contribution is merely a drop in the ocean, but we have decided to try and make a small difference in any way we can.”

A quarter of the children have indicated that they live in poor conditions and are in urgent need of food, clothes, blankets, bedding and mattresses.

According to the children’s feedback, it seems as if 31% of their houses are in need of the following appliances: Stoves, fridges, kettles and microwave ovens.

Almost 30% of the children have indicated that their houses have broken toilets, basins, geysers, doors, windows, leaking ceilings and roofs, while others have asked for their houses to be painted.

Some of the children, along with their families, are living in informal dwellings in the backyards of strangers.

About 12% of the children have indicated that they do not feel safe at home and asked for help with security.

Many asked for security fences to be put up as well as burglar-proofing to keep thieves and gangsters at bay.

1% used the opportunity creatively, asking for TVs, computers and even a car.

“Our house burnt down and now my brother and I are sleeping on the floor. Can we please get a mattress to sleep on?”

This was the plea from a 10-year-old girl from Mitchell’s Plain, one of a myriad of heart-breaking requests made to TraceOnline.

TraceOnline is responsible for a “wish list competition” for roughly 6000 learners from 13 schools on the Cape Flats and in surrounding neighbourhoods.

They have been contracted by the City of Cape Town to support tenants and permanent residents of the City’s council houses with information relating to housing allowances, while also carrying out collections.

“We are in these areas every day and find ourselves experiencing peoples’ hardship and pain.

“However, it is an entirely different story when one has to read of it through the handwriting of a young primary school child who has opened up his heart about the wind and rain which has swept through his wendy house. Or about how there is not enough food for them in the house to eat or that four of them have to sleep on the same bed under the same blanket. Or their wish to simply have the luxury of ‘having my own room one day’,” says Chris Barnard, project manager at TraceOnline.

“We have decided that each month we will make a few of those wishes come true. The winning child’s school will also receive a substantial supply of stationery.

“We know that our contribution is merely a drop in the ocean, but we have decided to try and make a small difference in any way we can.”

A quarter of the children have indicated that they live in poor conditions and are in urgent need of food, clothes, blankets, bedding and mattresses.

According to the children’s feedback, it seems as if 31% of their houses are in need of the following appliances: Stoves, fridges, kettles and microwave ovens.

Almost 30% of the children have indicated that their houses have broken toilets, basins, geysers, doors, windows, leaking ceilings and roofs, while others have asked for their houses to be painted.

Some of the children, along with their families, are living in informal dwellings in the backyards of strangers.

About 12% of the children have indicated that they do not feel safe at home and asked for help with security.

Many asked for security fences to be put up as well as burglar-proofing to keep thieves and gangsters at bay.

1% used the opportunity creatively, asking for TVs, computers and even a car.

“Our house burnt down and now my brother and I are sleeping on the floor. Can we please get a mattress to sleep on?”

This was the plea from a 10-year-old girl from Mitchell’s Plain, one of a myriad of heart-breaking requests made to TraceOnline.

TraceOnline is responsible for a “wish list competition” for roughly 6000 learners from 13 schools on the Cape Flats and in surrounding neighbourhoods. They have been contracted by the City of Cape Town to support tenants and permanent residents of the City’s council houses with information relating to housing allowances, while also carrying out collections.

“We are in these areas every day and find ourselves experiencing peoples’ hardship and pain. However, it is an entirely different story when one has to read of it through the handwriting of a young primary school child who has opened up his heart about the wind and rain which has swept through his wendy house. Or about how there is not enough food for them in the house to eat or that four of them have to sleep on the same bed under the same blanket. Or their wish to simply have the luxury of ‘having my own room one day’,” says Chris Barnard, project manager at TraceOnline.

“We have decided that each month we will make a few of those wishes come true. The winning child’s school will also receive a substantial supply of stationery. We know that our contribution is merely a drop in the ocean, but we have decided to try and make a small difference in any way we can.”

A quarter of the children have indicated that they live in poor conditions and are in urgent need of food, clothes, blankets, bedding and mattresses.

According to the children’s feedback, it seems as if 31% of their houses are in need of the following appliances: Stoves, fridges, kettles and microwave ovens. Almost 30% of the children have indicated that their houses have broken toilets, basins, geysers, doors, windows, leaking ceilings and roofs, while others have asked for their houses to be painted.

Some of the children, along with their families, are living in informal dwellings in the backyards of strangers.

About 12% of the children have indicated that they do not feel safe at home and asked for help with security.

“Our house burnt down and now my bro­ther and I are sleeping on the floor. Can we please get a mattress to sleep on?”

This was the plea from a 10-year-old girl from Mitchell’s Plain, one of a myriad of heart-breaking requests made to TraceOnline.

TraceOnline is responsible for a “wish list competition” for roughly 6000 learners from 13 schools on the Cape Flats and in surrounding neighbourhoods.

They have been contracted by the City of Cape Town to support tenants and permanent residents of the City’s council houses with information relating to housing allowances, while also carrying out collections.

“We are in these areas every day and find ourselves experiencing peoples’ hardship and pain.

“However, it is an entirely different story when one has to read of it through the handwriting of a young primary school child who has opened up his heart about the wind and rain which has swept through his wendy house. Or about how there is not enough food for them in the house to eat or that four of them have to sleep on the same bed under the same blanket.

“Or their wish to simply have the luxury of ‘having my own room one day’,” says Chris Barnard, project manager at Trace­Online.

“We have decided that each month we will make a few of those wishes come true. The winning child’s school will also receive a substantial supply of stationery.

“We know that our contribution is merely a drop in the ocean, but we have decided to try and make a small difference in any way we can.”

A quarter of the children have indicated that they live in poor conditions and are in urgent need of food, clothes, blankets, bedding and mattresses.

According to the children’s feedback, it seems as if 31% of their houses are in need of the following appliances: Stoves, fridges, kettles and microwave ovens.

Almost 30% of the children have indicated that their houses have broken toilets, basins, geysers, doors, windows, leaking ceilings and roofs, while others have asked for their houses to be painted.

Some of the children, along with their families, are living in informal dwellings in the backyards of strangers.

About 12% of the children have indicated that they do not feel safe at home and asked for help with security.

Many asked for security fences to be put up as well as burglar-proofing to keep thieves and gangsters at bay.

1% used the opportunity creatively, asking for TVs, computers and even a car

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