Break-in deals blow to charity

2016-04-19 06:00
Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation has been broken into again and they say this is really a big loss for them. They need help with security.

Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation has been broken into again and they say this is really a big loss for them. They need help with security.

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Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Vrygrond, has suffered yet another blow after a break-in at their premises on Saturday 9 April.

Their primary objective is to achieve social and economic improvement within the community they work in.

Through their activities they provide the different groups of the community with information, education and support, for example events, courses, programmes and individual assistance.

People who come to the organisation are also equipped with enhanced working skills in order to decrease unemployment, thus lowering drug abuse, domestic violence, child negligence and other social ills.

Following a fire at Overcome Heights, they came to their offices to help the fire victims on Sunday 10 April and discovered that their bungalow had been broken into. It is alleged that the thugs took a sound system. They also suspect the thieves might have taken some of the bags of clothes which were donated for the fire victims. Speaker boxes and some other equipment were also missing.

Mymoena Scholtz, foundation director, says when they arrived everything was upside down. “It was a mess. There was broken glass all over and the table was flipped over. This is such a great loss; we won’t be able to replace what was stolen, and that’s really frustrating,” she says.

They notified the police who came immediately to take statements and promised that they will be sending them an SMS with their case number, but that never happened, she says.

Scholtz says she has lost hope in the police because this is not the first time this has happened and they don’t get any feedback or updates on their cases.

“This is the fourth time we’ve had a break-in. Since we started operating here seven years ago, we’ve had about seven break-ins and I only recently received a case number for an old case. The case was too old and for me it was a dead end – they were not going to do anything about it. The same thing is happening now. We have been waiting for a case number, but still nothing,” she says.

“This stuff is donated and it’s really difficult to move on if there is no case number. People wouldn’t want to help us because we can’t account for what we do with what they give us. This is so sad – we are at high risk and I feel criminals are taking chances knowing that nothing will happen to them.”

Captain Stephen Knapp spokesperson for Muizenberg police confirms that there was a break-in incident which was reported to Muizenberg police on Sunday 10 April.

“A case of housebreaking and theft is currently being investigated. No arrests have been made yet investigations continue. The detective attempted to contact the complainant and went to meet with the complainant yesterday (Monday).

Scholtz is also appealing to any security company that can help. “We are appealing to our local securities if they can help us with security day and night so we might be at peace. We don’t have funds and we can’t afford that. Having a break-in really sets us back. We are really pleading with people that can help us to come to our rescue.”

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