Club keeps kids happy

2017-05-16 06:00
Louwena Carolus from Steurhof who runs a homework club to help childrern in ger area to do their homework.

Louwena Carolus from Steurhof who runs a homework club to help childrern in ger area to do their homework.

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A holiday programme to get children off the streets has now been turned into a flourishing homework club.

Started about three years ago by Louwena Carolus (56) from Steurhof, her aim was to make sure that children didn’t play in the streets.

“I thought there was a huge need because our children were playing in the streets. It is a great danger to be in the streets so I started the holiday programme. The holiday programme grew from there, now we meet every day in the hall to do homework,” she says.

After school, children rush to the Steurhof community hall where they are helped with their homework.

“I think children now have something to look forward to and have a safe space to play. I work with the Grade 1s to Grade 7s. I also help them with homework and the bigger ones help the smaller ones do their homework. I think we are doing something right. Gone are those days where children used to be scared to go to school because they hadn’t finished their homework,” say Carolus.

The mother of one says she loves working with children.

“The children enjoy being here and I also enjoy helping them. The only challenge we have for now is that some of the children want to finish their homework by doing research online. We don’t have a computer here and if anyone can help with that it will be so helpful. After doing their homework there is time for them to play before they go home,” she says.

Carolus says apart from the homework club she also feeds the children.

“I’m not a teacher but from being a mother I know that you can’t teach a hungry child. So I make something for them to eat. Most children go home to sleep on an empty stomach. I’m not working but I try to give them something to eat just before they go home. My wish is to give them breakfast as well but I can’t afford it. I also can’t afford to feed them every day but I try my best.”

Ellen Fedele, a resident who also visited the homework club, says Carolus is doing a good job.

“I was invited to see the homework club and how it operates. They still need a lot of help and they hope to get a computer, printer and Wi-Fi for the older children to do assignments.”

To help them contact Carolus on 071 869 9290.

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