Safe haven for children

2020-03-10 06:03
Children busy with their studies and homework at the centre.

Children busy with their studies and homework at the centre.

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Orphaned, abused, abandoned and neglected children from Lansdowne are being cared for by the Al-Muhaymin Youth Care, a registered non-profit organisation in Kenwyn.

“My late husband Marhoom Hajji Phaldie Zoutenberg and I established the centre on 30 September 2013. The primary objective of the organisation is to provide care to all the children in the centre. Our mission is to afford each child with quality schooling, homework assistance, additional tuition and religious studies, while also encouraging participation in sports, social and cultural activities – all within a safe environment,” says Muallimah Najmoonnisha, also fondly referred to as Ma Zoutenberg.

Najmoonnisha had been teaching for about 40 years prior to establishing Al-Muhaymin and her husband had his own business. Together they raised four daughters, all of whom have graduated and are doing well.

“We decided to start an orphanage to address the need that exists in society. Due to the free time we had, it aided us to establish the organisation very quickly. Initially, at the time of establishment, the children were housed within the main house with me and my husband.

“Due to the influx of kids, there was a need to convert the garage into a two-bedroomed separate entrance. Alhamdulillah, this was achieved within the first two years of the organisation’s existence and we managed to house up to 14 children,” she says.

Najmoonnisha is a registered safety care parent and the number of children fluctuates depending on urgent placements.

Due to the number of children who need to be taken care of, there are huge financial constraints.

“We rely solely on donations for the day-to-day running costs. Two of the children attend the Jumpstart Educare of Aziza Ebrahim in Lansdowne and I am grateful for the guidance and assistance she also gives to everyone in Lansdowne and surrounding communities,” Najmoonnisha says.

  • Call Namoonisha on 081 270 9340.

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