Offering hope to children in need

2018-03-06 06:00
The kids from Ingane Yami Children’s Village having fun on the playground.PHOTO: Supplied

The kids from Ingane Yami Children’s Village having fun on the playground.PHOTO: Supplied

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THE Ingane Yami Children’s Village is a cluster foster-care organisation in Shongweni. It was founded by Pastor Roger and Yvonne Greig from Kloof Harvest Church in 2012.

Speaking to the Fever, Patricia Deacon, the marketing and fundraising officer, said the village provides a home for orphaned and abandoned children.

“Our home takes in primarily orphaned and abandoned children, however, we sometimes take in children whose mothers are too young to look after them, or we have children who have been left on a playground or left at a hospital and their families cannot be located,” said Deacon.

She said they don’t only cater for children from the Upper Highway area, as their doors are open to all children who require their assistance.

“Children come from all over because we have social workers in different cities. If there’s a child who needs a home, the social workers refer them to us,” she said.

Deacon said that the requirements to get into the home are quite standard.

“We do a background check on the child to see if there are any relatives who could take the child in.

“If we cannot find anyone then the child is taken in and we place them with their foster mother who lives in the village,” said Deacon.

She said that finding the right foster mother for the children is the most difficult part.

“Each foster mother is sent for an intensive training programme.

“This allows the mothers to see if they are able to cope with the job.

“If they see that it’s too much, they leave, which leaves us with the problem of then looking for new foster mothers,” she said.

She said that for now they have five homes and 19 children but their goal is 25 homes and 150 children.

Fundraising to sustain the homes is of utmost importance, said Deacon, and fundraising events play a huge part in this.

She said that their next fundraiser, which is a cycling event, will be held on May 6, and she urged to community to assist in any way they can.

“The FirstRand TransAfrica Adventure is a tantalising challenge — 1 200 km of gruelling riding over 12 days, climbing 15 000 m from the Cederberg to the rolling hills of Shongweni, all in aid of Ingane Yami Children’s Village,” she said.

To be part of this event through sponsorship, or simply to find out more about the initiative, go to: http://transafricaadvent
ure.org/

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