Vandals target house for orphans

2018-07-03 06:00
PHOTO: nosipho mkhizePinetown Highway Child and Family Welfare Society co-ordinator Ellen Atwell says that security at the home needs to be increased so that vandals cannot disrupt their services.

PHOTO: nosipho mkhizePinetown Highway Child and Family Welfare Society co-ordinator Ellen Atwell says that security at the home needs to be increased so that vandals cannot disrupt their services.

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A home for orphans in KwaDabeka, run by the Pinetown Highway Child and Family Welfare Society (PHCFWS), is operating without water after criminals vandalised and stole water pipes.

According to PHCFWS co-ordinator Ellen Atwell, the home accommodates six children who are under the supervision of a caretaker and his wife, however the children have now been outsourced to other welfare houses due to vandalism and crime in that area.

She said this is not the first time that criminals have robbed the house and it is frustrating because the house is left without water due to the theft of water pipes.

“These criminals will stop at nothing. They have vandalised this beautiful house numerous times. They break into the house and steal water pipes and they even vandalised the fence when they gained entry into the yard.

“We need a proper fence, burglar guards, burglar gates and someone to paint the house. It is sad to know that the care taker and his wife have to get water from the neighbours using buckets. Build it Pinetown sponsored a Jojo tank therefore we need a registered plumber who can install it. It is a shame, we can’t accommodate children in a place like this.”

The caretaker’s wife, Zanele Mkhize, said: “These criminals don’t care about the fact that this house accommodates children who are in need; they just do as they please. We urge the community, as well as businesses, to support us.”

The society has sub offices at St Wendolins, Mariannridge Clinic, Wyebank Clinic, Mariannhill, Greater Molweni Community Resource Centre, KwaNyuswa, KwaNgcolosi, Shallcross Clinic, Tshelimnyama Clinic, Burlington Crèche, Savannah Park Community Hall, and Dassenhoek Councillors office to name a few.

PHCFWS is an organisation which provides child protection services that promote, protect and enhance the safety, well-being and healthy development of children, therefore it appeals to businesses, various organisations and the community to help

improve safety and security measures for the children in the KwaDabeka house.

To donate to the Pinetown-Highway Child and Family Welfare Society or for more information contact 031 701 3288 or 084 016 8913 or e-mail pinetowncws@mweb.co.za

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