Making a Difference Where it Matters Most
The 3rd of November is celebrated as National Children’s Day, to commemorate this day Radio 2000 paid a visit to The Salvation Army Ethembeni Children’s Home, to spend time with the children and hand over non-perishable food items...
The 3rd of November is celebrated as National Children’s Day, to commemorate this day Radio 2000 paid a visit to The Salvation Army Ethembeni Children’s Home, to spend time with the children and hand over non-perishable food items, disposable nappies and blankets. The hand over took place on Friday, 02 November in Doornfontein.
Founded in November 1995, Ethembeni provides several residential facilities for 60 children between the ages of 0 months to 3 years, in need of care. Majority of the children are HIV positive, they are victims of abandonment, abuse, crime and negligent. Ethembeni’s mission is to provide a secure, caring and loving home environment for children who have suffered emotional trauma. The Home also provides mental and emotional stimulation, love and care for these children, and works towards their adoption or fostering into a loving family environment.
Paulo Coelho once said that, "there are three things that a child can teach an adult: To be happy for no reason; to be always busy doing something; and to know how to demand with all one’s might – what one wants". This statement couldn’t be more accurate, as the children greeted and welcomed the Radio 2000 team with so much warmth, cheerfulness and love. “It was such an hounour to spend the day with the little ones. We are glad that we could give the donations that we were able to raise and to know that they will make a difference. As a Station, we have taken it upon ourselves to do drives such as this one on a continuous basis, because it has been proven on numerous occasions that there is so much power in our reach that we can use to impact other people's lives positively ”,said Radio2000 Station Manager, Ms Puleng Thulo.
Captain Bongi Zulu, thanked Radio 2000 for the donations and stated: “What you did for the children today means a lot and will certainly go a long way. It’s so heart-warming to know that there are people who still care and continue to show Ubuntu and kindness. You gave the children what they needed most and we are so grateful because when they benefit, it makes our jobs easier.”
Should you be interested to visit the Ethembeni Home or to make a donation, you can contact them on 011 402 8101 to make an arrangements.
By Lebohang Sekete
Picture Vuma Mthembu