Centre buys new land

2018-05-29 06:00
PHOTO: Samantha Lee

PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The Baitul Ansaar Childcare Centre has acquired new land, following years of inquiries with local
government.

This momentous occasion was celebrated with an official deed signing held on Thursday.

Baitul Ansaar is the largest child and youth care centre taking in both emergency at-risk children including infants, toddlers and older kids, and providing long-term accommodation for at-risk children servicing the Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha areas. It has acquired new land to expand its services.

“When I came to the City in 2011 we started the process in terms of the Municipal Assets Transfer Regulations and embarked on the required legislative process to facilitate the disposal of this City-owned land,” says Mayor Patricia de Lille at the handover ceremony.

The 1581m² of land was bought from the City after more than eight years of back and forth communication.

“It was a lengthy administrative haul until finally, on Friday 23 March, the conveyancer lodged the ownership transfer instruction with the Deeds Office. While I became frustrated at this process many times, I must say I am deeply grateful that I can finally place the title deed in centre manager Moniebah Razack’s hands today,” says De Lille.

Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre was established in April 2008 and was founded by the Dockrat family.

“It has been 10 years since we started this journey,” says Bushra Razak, facility
manager.

The Dockrats started by taking in six children and now services around 41 children at any given time.

The children are also documented to assist in their specialised care, from what they eat to what they do.

Bushra says they would like to no longer have jobs, by creating a community that looks after its children.

De Lille concurred but says she is grateful that the centre exists.

“It is inconceivable that these heinous crimes and attacks on our children take place and that places like this centre should even exist. I wish you well with the expansion plans and may they go as quickly as possible so you can finally expand the facility. Thank you again,” she says.

Since its inception, the centre has cared for more than 500 children. The children are abused, neglected or abandoned and referred by police, social workers or community workers.

“Mitchell’s Plain is one of the most impoverished areas in South Africa. Mitchell’s Plain has the highest rate of violent crime in South Africa. It is also home to a disturbingly large number of child headed households. This area, largely due to its history, has been devastated by high levels of unemployment, poverty and violence,” says the organisation’s statement.

The Baitul Ansaar Child and Youth Care Centre is passionate about extraordinary children and the community.

This is evident in their latest community project that aims to create a community of ownership.

The 100 homes initiative was created to look at the needs of the community, while providing community driven solutions to their problems.

V For more information on the work they do, to help them raise funds or to become a volunteer, visit their website www.baitulansaar.org or call 021 376 7863.

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