Foundation rocked, but will be rebuilt

2015-05-19 06:00
Shakeena Lowies, Shahiema Isaacs  and Farieda Moses work at the Icare Children’s Foundation in Lentegeur.  

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samantha Lee

Shakeena Lowies, Shahiema Isaacs and Farieda Moses work at the Icare Children’s Foundation in Lentegeur. PHOTO: samantha Lee

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A recent break-in has been a major setback for a local children’s organisation but it has not killed the passion of its workers.

After a burglary on Tuesday 5 May, staff have had to get by with the bare minimum and are slowly rebuilding a database manually.

Icare Children’s Foundation, based in Lentegeur, has been active in Mitchell’s Plain since its inception 15 years ago.

The organisation recently moved an extension of its Rylands office to Mitchell’s Plain to be closer to the community it serves.

Events coordinator Farieda Moses explains that the organisation’s core function is to raise funds for cochlear implants, orphans and needy children.

It also deals in youth development and other outreach projects.

Shahiema Isaacs recalls she was the first at the scene after the break-in. “When I got to the office the gate [at the end of the centre] was open. When I got closer to the office I noticed the gate was open and the door was ajar,” she says.

She says she did not want to go inside and instead left the building.

“I went to the securities who told me not to go back. We called the police and went in when they arrived,” Isaacs says.

The damages are estimated at R20 000.

Robbers made off with three flat-screen computer monitors, two computer boxes, four chairs, a Wi-Fi modem, fridge, microwave oven and printer.

“The place was a mess and they broke the table as well,” Isaacs says.

Moses says this was the first break-in at the office since they moved in a year ago.

She confirms that the police collected fingerprints and took statements. They are investigating the case, according to the staff.

The police were, however, not able to comment at the time of going to print.

Moses says although the break-in is a setback, it will not stop them.

“We need to rebuild our database and work harder to get funding for the month of Ramadaan, but we will do it. There are two people using one phone and we need to rebuild our database manually but it will not stop us, even if we need to work from home,” she says.

The organisation has also helped establish a toilet revamp at a local school.

The workers are calling on donors to contribute to the organisation’s cause.

In the 15 years in its existence the organisation has had many successful projects, including soup kitchens, weekend tutoring, first-aid training, leadership camps and distribution of clothing and food to the needy.

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If you would like to help the organisation, call Farieda Moses on 074 151 1585

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