Homeless children treated with nice wash

2015-04-30 06:00

What most people regard as normal and part of their daily routine, to bath or shower, was a pleasant and caring experience to 35 street children from Uitenhage.

“Our aim with this project is to try and restore the dignity of these children and to assist them where we possibly can,” said Angelique Nell from Ubuntu Community Development Solutions, which initiated this Child Clean-up Campaign.

It was held at the restroom facilities of the Uitenhage Central Sports Fields in conjunction with various social development organisations, social clubs, volunteers and sponsors.

“We want to create awareness among the public as well as the respective authorities dealing with street children that there is an increasing social problem in Uitenhage regarding these homeless children.

“We need to find a self-sustainable, long term solution for them,” said Nell.

She emphasized that it is of importance to build and strengthen relationships with these children to get them involved in future projects concerning education and development of these homeless children.

“The children who turned up were very open to the love and affection given by volunteers. Their need as children to be taken care of could be seen in their eyes.

“The 26 volunteers loved braiding the girls’ hair and singing songs with the children while they waited to be served with lunch.”

UCDS would like to thank Mncedi Mjana at NMB Sports and Recreation for arranging the repair of the geysers and Jenny for offering the restroom facilities.

Other contributers to this Operation Child Clean-up Project include Round Table 14 Uitenhage, Uitenhage Police, Despatch Superspar, Pick n Pay Penford, UD News, CMR Uitenhage, First Stop Supermarket Scheepershoogte, POPS Foundation, Animals in Wonderland and the public and volunteers who contributed to the success of this project.

“Following the success of this project, we definitely will continue and hope that we can make a difference in the lives of these homeless children of Uitenhage,” said Nell.

)For any further queries please contact Angelique Nell 073 982 2628 or ucdsolutions@gmail.com

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