Mzesa Day Care Centre closed for the normal holidays on the 6th August 2010; although most kids don’t go home for their holidays because of the feeding program at the Centre. Since most of them depend on the mixture of maize and beans cooked at the school, it is hard for us to ask them to go away while knowing very well that they will eventually go back to their Dump-sites. We have tried ourselves and totally sacrificed all our resources in order to provide them with food and to see that these kids are kept away from the dump-sites and negligence by their guardians.
When we opened the school on the 6th of September 2010, we were faced by a bigger number of children who are coming from dump-sites and other surrounding slum-houses. With the shortage of ARVs, a word has gone around that the School has an agreement with the local clinic to provide ARVs to these children at subsidized price, and this has made the intake of kids swell on the opening week! We have been forced to engage an additional councilor to take care of the children with emotional and mental disturbances, as most of them can not fit in the school because of their age and behaviors. Food prices have also gone higher than expected. We are now buying food double the normal price. We have made an appeal to the Area administration on the situation and our prayers that someone come to the help of these children before they think of going back to dump-site where they collect plastic bottles and sell for food. We have had our social workers visiting dump-sites a lot and we pray that these kids will get a chance and settle in their classes.
We deeply and honestly thank our donors sincerely. Every penny that you donate makes a big difference in the lives of these children. You give them a day to be alive when they take their ARVs and a plate of food at lunch-time (which in many cases serves as their diner! You make them feel loved when they are given their school-uniforms. You make them feel like human-being when they put on shoes! MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS EVERYONE OF YOU! Most of these kids are not lucky enough to see their parents! Most of them lost both parents because of HIV/AIDS and illegal drinks, but the parental care they get at the Centre is because of your donation! THANK YOU.
On 9th September 2010 we came across black plastic papers in front of the gate, on checking in the plastic papers, we found small babies; I think 1 (one) day old. The mother could have given birth at night and threw the children at the gate. We collected these babies, and with the help of our counselors, area chief and the community, we have taken the children to the hospital. We are monitoring their situation and growth. When they will be out of danger, we shall take them to a home, then eventually back to our Centre. In this situation, we have to provide almost everything to these SWEET CHILDREN! Any donation we receive from GG goes along!!! Be blessed, as you bless these helpless kids
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