Help fulfil their wish

2018-12-18 06:00

They may have been unable to give their beneficiaries an extravagant Christmas outing, but the founders of Constantia Valley-based Miracle Kids Safe House still hope to make the day special.

Instead of camping away, they are now planning to pitch a tent behind their house and host a braai for the children in their care.

However, like many non-profit organisations they need more hands and donations to make this a success.

Elsie du Plessis says: “The children were excited about going away but due to our financial circumstances we could not really afford the trip. We know they are looking forward to the braai we have promised them, and we are working tirelessly to fulfil this promise. All we need now is help from the public.”

Thomas Bloem, her partner, says they have three adopted children and six long-term foster children in their care and a few other children in short-term care, all accommodated in their home.

These children range between the ages of three and 15, but they sometimes accommodate children up to the age of 18 years due to the lack of an immediate support system. The children generally come from broken families with a history of abuse and negligence.

Bloem says that while it is their wish to reunite the children with their families it does not often happen. “We have cases where you find that children were abandoned, and their parents are on drugs or in no state to be taking care of a child...

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