Festive treat for local children

2018-12-11 06:00
Iweb co-founder Jasmina Ratcliffe with some of the children at the Chukker Road Sports Field on Sunday 2 December. She thanked the sponsors who helped make the day possible. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

Iweb co-founder Jasmina Ratcliffe with some of the children at the Chukker Road Sports Field on Sunday 2 December. She thanked the sponsors who helped make the day possible. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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Hundreds of underprivileged children were treated to a fun day by Kensington resident, Jasmina Ratcliffe.

The event was held at Chukker Road Sports Field near Kenilworth recently and Ratcliffe says it was a belated New Year 2018 celebration.

“These children know they did not get a New Year’s celebration and with the help of our sponsors we managed to give them a fun day and we are celebrating a belated New Year. We could not let them down,” says Ratcliffe (74).

She is the co-founder of the Independent Women’s Empowerment Bond (Iweb), a non-profit organisation that empowers women, especially widows.

She and her daughter, Wiedah Gabier, started the organisation some years ago.

“We are there to empower women, single mothers, widows, the destitute and the needy, especially women, to not ‘sit at home feeling sorry for yourself, but to help yourself’. God says you make the effort and I do the rest,” says Ratcliffe.

Having treated seniors aged 65 to 100 with lunch and a goody bag recently and pampering Muslim children with Eid clothes, the Iweb team decided to inspire underprivileged children, many of them from various orphanages across the Western Cape.

There were more than 600 children at the event and each of them had breakfast and lunch and played, before making it home with a goody bag containing much-needed toiletries.

Ratcliffe says the bag will give the children a sense of ownership.

“You should see the gladness on the faces of the children when they get the bags,” she chuckles.

Principal of Masjiedul Badr, Ali Mohamed, and his team brought 62 children from the Belhar area. He says the children are mostly from underprivileged areas.“In our area we are sitting with drug, child and women abuse and all other challenges out there. {Today} they are here so that they can interact with one another in a nice and decent way – no gangsterism, no fighting, just a day of enjoyment,” says Mohamed­.

Teacher Faldelah Adams from Heideveld says: “It’s very important for children to mix and learn about others’ cultures and religion. It’s a fun way of making children acquainted with one
another.”

Ratcliffe says Iweb’s next goal is to arrange a boat ride and Christmas clothes for non-Muslim
children.

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