Children visit children in home

2017-08-03 06:00
Leaners from Bulumko Secondary School visited Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, in Khayelitsha, on Friday.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Leaners from Bulumko Secondary School visited Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, in Khayelitsha, on Friday.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A group of learners from Bulumko Secondary School took their time out to visit orphans and vulnerable children in Ilitha Park on Friday to put a smile on their faces.

The Grades nine and 10 learners who were accompanied by two of their teachers visited Abaphumeleli Home of Safety as part of their contribution in Mandela Month.

They gave donations of knitted scarves, beanie hats and jerseys.

They also played with the children and also helped with cleaning the homestead.

Andiswa Matontsi, a teacher, said the day was organised by the care and support team at the school.

“The learners came here as part of 67 minutes for Mandela. We are here to play and help clean the home. It is a requirement from the department for our team to do community services. We were chosen to be part of such programme as part of giving social skills. We had a problem of gangsterism and substance abuse at our school,” Matontsi said.

The learners are part of the peer education programme which teaches them leadership skills, problem solving and social skills.

Evelyn Makasi, founder of Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, said the visit meant a lot to the children.

“I am very happy, because children here do not get visited by other children from the area. It is a nice thing for them, because they will be able to interact with them. They were very excited after I told them about the visit. This is showing them that they are loved and not neglected. The donation will help them a lot, because they are going to keep warm as it is in winter,” Makasi said.

Sam Makhi, a Grade 10 learner, said they were also happy to get such an opportunity to visit the home.

“The visit means a lot to us, because we came here to help those who are in need. It would be an honour for us to get more of such opportunity again in future,” Makhi said.

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