New home for orphans

2017-04-25 06:00

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A new orphanage, the Great Commission United Goal 50, will be opening its doors in Heideveld within weeks.

With tears in his eyes, founder and director of the non-governmental organisation Mario van Niekerk described the joy when the ground for the home was received through a donor.

“This will be another place of shelter for abused and vulnerable children within the community where care will be given,” Van Niekerk says.

With all hands on deck, it is a mission accomplished for a once streetwise Van Niekerk, who believes it’s time to give back to the community and foster a culture of hope and peace.

His aim is to bring the good out of every human being irrespective of the person’s past and to choose to focus on the future of a secured, healthy lifestyle.

Mario’s wife Michelle will be the interim housekeeper.

The couple have recently completed the compulsory course in running the home and providing a safe environment for abused children.

The Van Niekerks, having two kids of their own, believe in the principal that children should be guided with love and care.

Leaving school in Grade 9 did not deter him of becoming the voice for multitudes of downtrodden children.

“The day-to-day running of the home will be taken care of from donors abroad,” says Van Niekerk.

“It will be a home where abused children will be taken care of 24/7 by Michelle.”

Culture of successVan Niekerk helped establish the Great Commission United Football Club, which aims to steer youth away from criminal activities and help them to become responsible citizens within the community.

Van Niekerk is also passionate about education and is eager to foster a culture of learning and success in the surrounding ­areas.

In the last 15 years his life has changed remarkably – from being a person with only a primary school certificate to a respected pioneer, who is currently chairperson of the Local Football Association Heideveld and has a feeding scheme running every Wednesday from the Great Commission Church premises in Heideveld.

The new establishment in Heideveld will foster links with other service providers and networks to stop the abuse of children.

The United Nations charter on children rights of 1989 speaks about the protection andwell being of children, which is the ultimate aim of this new place of safety.

He also aims that his new adventure will be linked with the mandate of national government since 1994 to prioritise the wellbeing of children.

For more information contact Mario van Niekerk on 078 794 3427.

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