Jakaranda Children’s Home in Desperate Need

The Jakaranda Children’s Home started in 1987 and is a non-profit organisation that takes care of abused, abandoned and neglected children that are unloved.

They provide these unwanted children with the necessary therapy, housing, food, clothing, schooling and most import security and stability.

Jakaranda Children’s Home is currently looking after 250 children aged between 18months and 18years, these children are grouped and raised in different houses by different parents providing them with love and the needed skills they require to become responsible adults and to curb the cycle of abuse.

Each child cost R2, 070 per month roughly, which adds to a total of R25, 620,000 annually; only 35% of this WAS subsided by the government.

A lot of you might know about the big uproar caused this morning when the government decided to no longer ‘support’ The Jakaranda Children’s Home due to certain criteria– not taken into consideration that a Children’s Home does not choose which children to take in, each and every child that needs help are cared for!

“To us a child is a child. We don’t discriminate. Here we have 250 children between 18 months and 18 years that need care, regardless of race or gender.” The home only looks after children placed in its care by court order, but recently they have been receiving more and more children due to poverty- where both parents have lost their jobs and simply just can’t take care of their little ones anymore!

Can you imagine sending your child away because you simply just can’t ‘afford’ them, only to be told that the Children’s Home can’t either! And this striking at the beginning of a “Festive Season”…

Each year The Jakaranda Children’s Home hosts a ‘Christmas lights festival’ from the 1st – 31st December to raise money for other children in poor communities to help them with basic daily needs and just a little bit more love! Last year they gathered food and basic toiletries to help 300 children in need as well as small Christmas gifts to spread some sheer.

This year they won’t even be able to help their own children!

We at Junk Mail have started a bin for Food, Clothing, Blankets, Toiletries and ANYTHING else you can spare to share!

We will be gathering goods internally for the children, but will also be opening our doors as a drop off point (1312 Pretorius street Hatfield Office hours: 08:00 – 16:30) if you have anything to give!

Open your hearts and make a little girl or boys day!

Adeline Vorster

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