New Jerusalem’s 17th AGM held at Gallagher Convention Centre

After reporting a deficit/ loss of R239 770, treasurer Benjamin Beza appeals to the corporate world, churches, and individuals to kindly assist the home.

The 17th AGM of the New Jerusalem Children’s Home (NJCH) was held at the Gallagher Convention Centre where board members were elected.

The elected members were the CEO of the board, advocate Anna Difo, chairperson Bophelo Moyaha, vice-chairperson Keiran ‘Kerry’ Joughin, treasurer Benjamin Beza and secretary Mandy Gilder.

Moyaha said it was imperative to acknowledge that the home’s current success and growth would not have been possible without the ongoing support from the Department of Social Development (DSD) and Gallagher Convention Centre.

She said although there was success and growth, the home was experiencing serious funding challenges due to the growth of their intake through the Department of Social Development.

“It is evident that we share a common objective of transforming the lives of our children for the better, with NJCH and its supporting structure Lanto Montessori and many other schools, the health department, DSD, and legal structures. This relationship is of major importance to us, and we look forward to continuing to work together to leverage our resources and opportunities afforded by our partnership,” said Moyaha.

New Jerusalem board members: CEO advocate Anna Difo, secretary Mandy Gilder, treasurer Benjamin Beza, chairperson Bophelo Moyaha and vice-chairperson Keiran ‘Kerry’ Joughin. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

She added the board would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge co-founder and CEO Difo for being instrumental in championing the growth and aspirations during the difficult past years and beyond.

“A true stalwart and philanthropist. I believe her unwavering commitment and leadership remain invaluable to NJCH and its supporting structures. May the Lord continue to keep you and bless you in all your endeavours and help you grow strength to strength.”

New Jerusalem co-founder and CEO, advocate Anna Difo. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

Beza presented a bleak financial report for the financial year ending February 28.

“The board treasurer reported that the home suffered a deficit/loss of R239 770. The home always received clean audit reports from its external auditors yearly. Financial challenges include increasing costs in operating costs such as fuel, groceries, medication, school fees, and water and electricity,” said Beza.

New Jerusalem members attend the AGM at Gallagher Convention Centre. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

He appealed to corporations, churches, and individuals to kindly assist the home in any form.
From September to December last year, the home had 120 children under their care.

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