Correcting injustice through service

2019-08-06 06:00
Pollsmoor Correctional Services officials hand over food (groceries) and paint to Anthea Booysen and the residence at Nkosi’s Place.

Pollsmoor Correctional Services officials hand over food (groceries) and paint to Anthea Booysen and the residence at Nkosi’s Place.

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Besides supplying food and clothing for the orphans, a team of Pollsmoor Correctional Service officials went the extra mile and painted the Enkosi Place orphanage on Tuesday 30 July.

Enkosi Place is home to 21 children with an array of needs.

“We are a home that helps vulnerable children that come out of an abused life, who are neglected,” said the home’s caretaker Anthea Booysen.

According to Booysen, the orphanage was founded by her mother 25 years ago in Military-Heights informal settlement, in Lavender Hill.

The original home is still active, with operations being overseen by Booysen’s sister.

“We would like to thank Pollsmoor for donating food, paint and clothing,” said Booysen.

“We are not an NGO or an NPO, so we don’t receive funding,” said Booysen, explaining that she usually appeals to her Facebook audience when there is an urgent need for assistance, and people respond with food and clothes donations.

Booysen expressed joy at having good people come in and share this journey with her family.

“ I have been helping since I was 12,” she said. She now shares the load with her husband Ashley Eiman.

Booysen says transport for the children going to school is one of the home’s more pressing concerns.

“We share all we have. We have 21 children. We cannot help more because the house is small. Only six do not go to school,” Booysen said, adding that it costs roughly R1 000 per week to ensure the children get to school.

“People want to help, but we cannot pay them. With the little that we have, we just want to make a difference,” said Booysen.

Despite utility bills piling up monthly, and medical concerns plaguing the children, Booysen does her best to manage.

“We have two disabled children – both had brain operations.

“We are a family,” said Booysen. “We just want the children off the streets.”

She emphasised that she wants to avoid outcomes where the children join gangs, become sex-workers, fall pregnant as teenagers or become fathers too early.

Divine assistance came in the form of Lewies Davids and his team of officials from Pollsmoor Correctional Services, who spent some time at the orphanage on that day.

“You know, [they] are taking abandoned children from the streets, where the parents are involved in drugs and alcoholism and so forth, and they take care of them,” said Lewis, reflecting on the importance of institutions such as Enkosi Place.

“One of the children, he’s 17 years old, and he’s using a supplement called Ensure. He can’t do anything for himself.

“He had a brain operation and he’s paraplegic. He needs this product. So, we brought a few of the tins of the supplement because he can’t eat any solid foods,” said Booysen.

If there is anyone who would like to assist Anthea Booysen and the children who find refuge at Enkosi Place, contact the orphanage by visiting or calling Anthea or Eiman.

The home is situated in Westlake.

V If you want to assist, call Anthea Booysen and Ashley Eiman on 061 315 6521, or find Anthea Booysen on Facebook.

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