Kids entertainment adds value

2016-10-13 06:00
Dawn Petersen, the director of Green Logik SA and Khanya Stenge, a youth leader for Ikhaya le Themba, speaking to children at Yomelela Primary School, in Khayelitsha, on Saturday.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Dawn Petersen, the director of Green Logik SA and Khanya Stenge, a youth leader for Ikhaya le Themba, speaking to children at Yomelela Primary School, in Khayelitsha, on Saturday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children at Yomelela Primary School received entertainment courtesy of Green Logik SA over the weekend, much to their delight.

Green Logik had partnered with Ikhaya le Themba Orphan and Vulnerable Children to host more than 350 children and entertain them with music, story telling , games and fun.

The event took place on the same day as the celebration of Global Handwashing Day across the world.

Dawn Petersen said washing hands before eating was very important as it prevented diseases.

“About 80 percent of illnesses come from the germs that we spread with hands. The germs in hands cause fatalities. We encourage children to wash their hands every time before they eat,” Petersen said.

Children were also given sanitizers called Lunch Box Buddy in which to pack their lunch before they go to school.

Petersen gave an undertaking that her company would supply each child with the sanitizer for three months.

Khanya Stenge, a youth leader from Ikhaya le Themba, said the day was good for the children.

“I am happy, because this is a great opportunity to teach children about the importance of hygiene. We are a Christian organisation and our values are based cleanliness,” Stenge said.

Ikhaya le Themba is a Non Profit Organisation based in Tableview but works in the communities of Khayelitsha and DuNoon, since 2003.

They started out as a home based care organisation for terminally ill patients that were left to die at home, but it quickly developed into a charity organisation that meet the needs of the many forgotten in society.

When death and illness took its toll on families, they discovered that many grannies were left to look after the children of their offspring, and if patients recovered, they struggled to find jobs.

Ikhaya Le Themba focuses on community development programmes by means of Playdates for over 500 Orphans and Children once a month.

Another project, Caring for Grannies looks after terminally ill patients by means of Home Based Care system.

They also have a Community Garden project, which supplies fresh ingredients for the soup kitchens as well as provide income for the garden minders. They have also Enterprise Development, a Thrift Store, a recycling project andSchool Gardens, initiatives to teach skills and equipping people to start their own businesses.

According to Stenge, this was just a fraction of the work the performed in the the communities they operate in, others include Youth Leadership and Support Groups.

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