Margate shelter, a ‘beacon of hope’

2015-07-09 06:00
The Themba Club board of trustees (front, from left) Barbara Swart, Sylvia Mdluli, Trish Brauteseth, and (back, from left) Siyakudumisa Sotsu, Charlie Swart, Hazel Parry, Sibongile September and Ncumisa Madikida.

The Themba Club board of trustees (front, from left) Barbara Swart, Sylvia Mdluli, Trish Brauteseth, and (back, from left) Siyakudumisa Sotsu, Charlie Swart, Hazel Parry, Sibongile September and Ncumisa Madikida.

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THE Themba Club homeless shelter in Margate has been a beacon of hope for children previously living on the streets or from dysfunctional families for 21 years.

Marketing and administration assistant at the shelter Sibongile September said their programme goes beyond just providing them with shelter. “Further than just providing them with shelter and basic necessities, we monitor their psychological well-being through our in-house social worker and each and every child is taken through school.”

She said that once a child is 18 he or she is transferred into an independent living programme where they are taken to a tertiary institution, and while still monitored, can go out and live on their own after graduating.

September said witnessing the children’ s growth is one of the best things. “It’s a pleasure to see the growth in the children during their stay with us, as much as they have been through so much, they are strong and have potential - it’s amazing,” she said.

The club has 32 boys and girls and the numbers fluctuate during the year as some children are reunited with their families. Businesses and individuals who would like to donate or spend their 67 minutes of Mandela Day at its shelters could contact Themba Club on 039 317 2039

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