My experience at Carryou taught me there are many ways to help and teach children who have no adult guidance and supervision. This (past) financial year one of my initiatives focused more on reading and I had the great privilege to coach and mentor children in terms of reading the English language.
Please allow me to reflect (for a moment) on other Carryou achievements during the year.
- Our orphaned and vulnerable children love to have a book read to them. They currently have access to a library of books from generous donors, however, there is still a need to have community caregivers properly trained to assist in the reading sessions.
- Most of our children arrive at our Drop-in Centres, every day, after school at around 13h00. It is a fact that while some enjoy reading and others enjoy other extramural activities, some still need help with school homework.
- Our community caregivers and some of our community members have started planting vegetables as a means to help cope with the high price of food for children. The produce will be organically-grown in a tunnel on our farm-holding in Vleikop.
- We have a container-creche at Elandsvlei that is attended by 30 learners. Two trained caregivers are taking care of this useful facility.
- All our 1153 orphaned and vulnerable children receive breakfast, a lunchbox and a balanced meal after school at Elandsvlei and at our main Drop-in Centre In Toekomsrus. Some meals are also still delivered and distributed at the feeding-points where children are unable to come to the DICs as a result of distance.
- Some businesses continue to grant us discounts when purchasing groceries for the centres and this really eases some of the pressures of trying to stay within the allocated budgets.
- Our bakery eventually became compliant with the local municipality health-inspection unit and started with operations. Loaves of bread were produced for the children to take home, while some were sold at an affordable price to different communities and NGOs.
- Several of our senior children passed well in Grade 12 and were accepted into various colleges, with the help and dedication of of our Social Auxillary Workers and Management team.
- Home nursing is still done by caregivers trained by the Health Department and concentrates on hygiene and rehab.
- People infected by HIV and those suffering from TB, became healthy quickly as they took their medicines regularly through treatment adherence support from caregivers and counselors.
May our Lord continue to bless all our workers and clients with His love.