AMakhaza-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Lithemba and Youth Care, is appealing for public support to keep its doors open. The NGO looks after more than 200 children in and around Makhaza. It was established last year by residents Lindiswa Mavavana and Queen Boya after realising a need for such a facility. The duo started the facility to keep the children busy when they are not at school and to keep them away from drugs and crime. Among others, they offer sport including hockey, cricket and soccer. They also offer chess, traditional and kwaito dance lessons. and academic assistance in mathematics and English. These classes are offered to learners between the ages of five and 18 from Monday to Friday.“We do not force the children to do anything, they choose themselves or their parents choose,” she said. The NGO runs the services from Impendulo Primary School, however, they would love to have their own space in future.Mavavana said they run all their programmes on the “shoestring budget” they receive from the provincial department of social development and that is “putting their work in jeopardy”. She said all their programmes are offered free of charge and that parents only need to fill out a registration form. She said the programmes are designed to help the children and the communityMavavana said they use the money to pay the 16 facilitators and to feed the children and that it is not enough to cover all their other costs. They are now hoping to give the children a nice Christmas present. “Since it is the end of the year we would like to do something for Christmas for the children, but we do not have the money. “We welcome any donation we can get from anyone,” she said.To assist contact Mavavan at 082 421 5780.