Orphanage needs funding

2018-05-15 06:01
Sadique Jacobs, manager at Vision Child and Youth Care Centre in Mountview.

Sadique Jacobs, manager at Vision Child and Youth Care Centre in Mountview.

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Vision Child and Youth Care Centre, located in the residential area of Mountview, is in dire need of funding to maintain 35 children at their shelter, this after being conned with building plans for the premises.

Sadique Jacobs, manager of the centre, says the intention to better accommodate the children turned sour when a local builder absconded from the project five years ago.

The centre now needs R6m to repair the damages to the specifications of the City of Cape Town and to relocate the children to better premises.

“We were busy with building renovations to the centre back then. The builder hired at the time told us we could make changes to the premises, and we did so. He told us by doing these changes we can put in a rider to the council for the building plans requested,” explains Jacobs.

“We were under the impression that he had taken the necessary documents to the City. But he didn’t. We discovered that there was no plan submitted for the additional work that was done on the premises. The builder has since absconded.”

An inspector from the City who visited the centre at the time said the premises were overbuilt and that changes needed to be made to avoid any trouble with the law.

“We were asked to either close down or adhere to the regulations of the City, hence the reason we had to submit new plans. We are still waiting on the Council to process these plans. Some parts of the building also need to be demolished.”

The extra construction on the premises that needs to be demolished includes a prayer area, a surgery room and staff offices.

“We can only build 60% on the premises and we are currently on 72%. We need to now raise the money to make the changes and fix it up according to City plans or we need to get other premises for the kids.”

Jacobs says the team has only managed to raise R12 000 thus far and is currently doing various fundraising activities through their charity shops across the Cape Flats.

“What is hard for us in raising this amount is that with the water crisis, most of the funding is going towards our water bill which is now R79 000 a month. To add, the building is also not conducive for the work we do and we would very much like to move out. There is no playpark for the kids, no parking for visitors and so forth. But we cannot move out if the building is not fixed up.”

The non-profit organisation – dedicated to the aid of children who have been orphaned, abused, abandoned or left destitute – currently houses 16 girls and 19 boys and is not funded by the government.

Aid through Ramadaan project

The centre has now taken to the streets through a Ramadaan appeal to fund their goal of moving the children to new premises. “No matter how small the contribution is, Vision is desperately determined to raise R6m to build a new children’s home which is more conducive for vulnerable children. We appreciate whatever is given to us,” adds Jacobs.

He urges the public to visit him to see the work being done at the children’s home currently located in Jackson Crescent, Mountview­.

V The organisation operates seven days a week. Call 021 692 1129/49 or 072 176 3987, or visit www.visionchild­.­org.za for more information.

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