Christmas lunch for homeless kids

2015-11-19 06:00
; Thembisa Vusani (centre) together with some of the homeless children during last year’s Christmas Lunch.    Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

; Thembisa Vusani (centre) together with some of the homeless children during last year’s Christmas Lunch. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Children living on the street are not there by choice. It is a result of one of society’s growing illnesses, being neglected and rejected by irresponsible parents.

Thembisa Vusani established God’s Haven, a non-profit organisation which is registered with the department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape, with the aim to take care of homeless children.

“One day, when I was walking down Caledon Street it struck me how hopeless these young children must feel without a mother, a home, food and no love,” said Thembisa Vusani.

She then decided to establish God’s Haven and has been supported by several institutions like SASA, Social Development, the local police service, Department of Education, Home Affairs and VWSA Community Trust.

“Homeless children are a growing problem in the country and can not be ignored. These children grow up and become adults without identity as they have no relatives, no references and no money.

“Consequently they can not afford to have identity books. And we all know there is no future without an identity. Therefore we as the community need to take responsibility and assist wherever we can to make life a bit easier for homeless children.”

Vusani is in the process once again to organise a Christmas lunch for the homeless street children where each of them can enjoy a healthy home-cooked meal at the Uitenhage Town Hall.

“We can not ignore them. They need to be educated, they need to be trained, to have a place of shelter and they need food. Therefore the community as a whole and all the relevant institutions should all be on board to assist with the growing number of street children,” said Vusani.

The Christmas Lunch will be held on December 21st at the Uitenhage Town Hall. All interested in supporting Vusani and God’s Haven are requested to contact her on 071 765 8568.

“Contributions by means of food, clothing or presents will be highly appreciated. It will contribute to an enjoyable moment for those children in need. Actually any kind of donation will be a blessing. And blessed is the hand that gives,” said Vusani.

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