Emergency care saves kids

2017-12-07 06:00
Belinda Nwabisa MentilePhOTO: myolisi gophe

Belinda Nwabisa MentilePhOTO: myolisi gophe

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While working for the South African Police Service Call Centre’s complaints unit it distressed Belinda Nwabisa Mentile that there were many prank calls from children, even at night, that she set herself out to find out why.

Her investigations led to astonishing findings that quite a number of the children behind the falls calls were bored and unattended to as either their parents were at work or coming from broken down families. “But then it clicked in me that I’m very much interested into children than the career I was in,” she remembers.

In an attempt to make her mark in alleviating the problem, Mentile from Khayelitsha decided to open an emergency care for young and old children. Providing day care, sleep overs, weekend care, and laundry services, her services are particularly opportune during the festive season as many parents and guardians are either busy at work, are going shopping or to parties, or even going away for weekends and leaving their young ones at risk of rape, child trafficking and other dangers.

“It is not a matter of making money but, as I’m speaking to you now that the schools are closed, I know for a fact (based on my research) that there are kids who don’t eat breakfast, which is an important meal of the day. There are kids out there who don’t even bath the whole day because they are on their own and have no one to look after them.

“During this time shopping malls are crammed and there have been so many cases of children who getting lost. So rather keep your children where it is safe and come back and pick them later than exposing them to all sorts of dangers.

Even if they are busy, not all parents want to send their children to foster care. That is where our services come to rescue.”

In her project, Mentile offers a variety of educative and entertaining activities and programmes such as training sessions for ballet, karate and creative arts. “These children want to be cared for, they want to be listened to, to be understood, for us to play with them and to feel loved. That is what we are providing”.

Mentile has all the credentials for the services. She is in the completion phases of her studies in early child development and educare at Oxbridge Academy in Stellenbosch and at False Bay College in Khayelitsha, respectively. And taking care of children has given her that satisfaction in life she has been longing for. “Children are so honest and open about just everything. Even if you are not in the mood they lift your spirit and make you happy.”

Ms Mentile can be contacted at 078 993 6437 also on Whattsup and Facebook

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