This is how your help, helps:
Thanks for FNB Home loans and Shared Services Volunteers, a new home for 20 of the 50 girls has been donated. However, the remaining girls are still living in dire conditions. We are desperate to purchase decent accommodation for these girls.
Thanks to a gracious donation from Wesbank's, we now have a 10 seater vehicle to take the girls to and from school. The bus still needs to make several trips to complete a 'school run' and then run some of the organisation’s errands. We hire taxis for the remainder of the errands and to enable Mam’ Khanyi to travel to the office in town, and back to the shelter every day. Transport is still needed to travel to the families once they have been located to establish if it’s safe for the girl to return home.
There are children who do not have birth certificates and ID’s for us to be able to help them be enrolled at school. It also excludes them from tertiary education opportunities, such as bursaries and sponsorships. If the Dept of Home Affairs could help us this would eliminate children starting school late and give the girls a chance at further education.
UNIFORMS AND STATIONERY:
The girls attend New Nation school and any assistance to purchase or donate uniforms and stationery would be very helpful.
HIV / AIDS is a glaring and unavoidable reality in the tragedy of trafficked children. Those infected and their affected babies need Anti-retroviral drugs and good nutrition. We are grateful for the medicine support of the healthcare workers in the area, but they cannot offer a holistic, long-term solution. We need funds for that.
STIPEND / SALARIES:
We have lost many good employees and volunteers because the organisation is not financially stable and sometimes cannot pay staff. In order to sustain Home of Hope, we have to pay staff regular stipend / salaries.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT:
We have babies that are cared for at Tender Care Day Care Centre. Of course this is charged for and is an important funding for us to secure.
We are faced with financial constraints of re-uniting children with their families, when it is safe to do so.
GROCERIES & TOILETRIES:
Home Of Hope relies heavily on donations of groceries and toiletries. The most needed items are staple foods like mielie meal, rice, beans, samp and vegetables, meat and flour for baking. Toiletries like sanitary towels, camphor cream and Vaseline, toilet paper and cleaning items like soap and washing power. Thank you to all who have donated and kept us going in previous months.