Offering hope to those in need

2016-04-12 06:00
 Photo: supplied  Children with their new school uniforms.

Photo: supplied Children with their new school uniforms.

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EACH school term holiday, The Robin Hood Foundation hosts a Hope breakfast for orphaned and vulnerable children from the surrounding disadvantaged communities.
Cases are sent to the foundation by request from the Christian Social Services who work in the townships with vulnerable groups.

The aim of this project, which the RHF has been running for four years is to inspire hope in the lives of the young children, aged between three and 17, who have suffered devastating loss in their young lives.
Most of them having lost parents and are being cared for by an older sibling, aunt, neighbour or their ageing gogos. The RHF takes the children out of their dire circumstances for a while, lets them play, feel the love from volunteers and just be children.

The RHF goal is to treat each child to a few hours of play, interaction and a meal and then be sent home with a gogo bag filled with non-perishable foods, a blanket and towel, a new school uniform – top to toe – stationery, lunch boxes, juices bottles, etc., everything they’d need to start off their new term.

Kim Griffith Jones, RHF co-ordinator, said: “For these children almost every day is a struggle so imagine their joy in receiving a new school uniform and stationery to start their new term at school.

“At each project we’ve hosted, we’ve seen what these uniforms mean to them because once they receive them, all play halts and they do not want to put them down. For them, this is a reason to go to school, proudly dressed in their new attire.”

Jones thanked Chep and O&O Café, as the RHF was able to bless 40 orphaned and vulnerable children with not one but two full, new school uniforms, a stationery pack, gogo bag filled with two weeks supply of non-perishable foods, toiletries, towel, blanket and much more.

“We are so grateful to Chep and O&O Café as well as the team of volunteers for making this a day these children will not forget in a while.
“To see how their faces lit up, knowing that as they start their new school term, they have all they need, was priceless.”

If you like to get involved with the next Hope breakfast in July or for more information about RHF, email or call Kim on 076 612 9060

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