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Local east children’s home appeals for donations

The home transports the children to and from 20 different schools in the wider Pretoria area in vehicles that are old and require maintenance expensive, on top of the current fuel prices.

Home to over 290 children, Jacaranda children’s home is appealing to residents and organisations for assistance in covering expenses.

The home manages two campuses in Pretoria: Jakaranda in East Lynne and Louis Botha in Queenswood. Children from the Children’s Court are placed in the care of the home.

“With a total of 292 children aged between 3 and 18 years in 20 houses at Jakaranda and nine at Louis Botha, the subsidy only covers 50% of our expenses,” said the CEO of Jakaranda & Louis Botha children’s home, Charlene Grobler.

“Hence, we rely heavily on the community for additional support and to supplement our own fundraising efforts to care for our children holistically – we supply housing, clothing, medicine, therapy, stationery, school clothes, etc,” Grobler continued.

The home transports the children to and from 20 different schools in the wider Pretoria area in vehicles that are old and require maintenance expensive, on top of the current fuel prices.

These schools include pre-, primary-, high- and special schools.

“We completely understand the general hesitancy to contribute financially, but we can assure the community that when they decide to support Jakaranda & Louis Botha children’s home, they will be giving back to the community, through an institution, that is effectively administered. This support ensures that our children reach their full potential and helps us provide our children with much-needed security and care,” Grobler explained.

Recently, local tertiary institution in East Lynne, Varsity College IIE donated 94 hygiene packs filled with sanitary pads and motivational messages specifically for the girls at the Jacaranda children’s home.

The donation of hygiene packs served as a reminder to the girls that they are cared for and supported in their personal development.

The organisations have been collaborating since Easter 2020 when they treated the children to Easter eggs.

The home currently has a 40-point dream list of boxes that it is ticking as it goes along.

“The Good Socks project, consisting of five cycling socks designed by our children are being sold at Finders Keepers, golf days and at markets.”

Corporates are invited to contact the home to discuss their own unique sock designs and also to extend their corporate gift catalogues.

Coffee lovers can support by purchasing the BREWcause-brand of coffee grounded especially by the home as well.

“We have been working on a skills development centre for some time now, but need investors to come on board financially to assist in realising our vision to properly enable, empower and upskill the children in our care,” Grobler states.

Residents can contact Louis Botha children’s home on 012 333 6184 and Jakaranda children’s home on 012 800 4700 or email ina@jacarandachildren.co.za or follow their social media pages.

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