It’s that time of the year again where my birthday is around the corner and I keep getting bombarded with the question , ‘ so what do you want to do for your birthday’ or ‘ what gift do you want’. For the past couple of years I haven’t really liked the spotlight and pressure surrounded with the day, I almost want it to slip by quietly and no one really make a fuss about it. I started getting birthday blues and decided to focus on the good, so I’m going to do just that this year. For my birthday this year I would like for you to help me Pay it forward and here’s how.
According to a study published in August 2014 by Kath Hall and Helen Meintjes from the Children’s Institute, a research and advocacy group based at the University of Cape Town, there are an estimated 3.5 million orphans in South Africa. Most – around 2.13 million – have lost their fathers. Around 611,000 children could be classifed as “maternal orphans” and 812,000 children had lost both parents. I would like to appeal to my readers to help me collect and donate Christmas gift to Miracle Mission Children’s Home .
MIRACLE MISSION is situated in Kensington B, Randburg, Gauteng, and is a small residential care facility for children. It was established in 1999 in recognition of a great need for intervention in this particular area of our community and nation.
MIRACLE MISSION is registered with The Department of Social Development.
Thier main purpose and function is to provide a home for children in distress. This includes children that have been abandoned, children that have been abused and neglected and children that have been infected with the HIV virus. In conjunction with the various welfare organisations, their goal is to ensure the very best long term care for these children and to see them settled in that environment as soon as possible.
Registered as a Non-profit making organisation (007-114). They are registered with the South African Revenue Services as a public benefit organisation (18/11/13/981).
From inception in 1999, they have progressively grown as a home – both in the numbers of children that they are caring for and in the range of situations that the children have come to them with, for example:
- A little girl – a failed abortion at 7 months with severe brain damage
- A boy – born infected with TB
- A boy – chronic lung disease
- A 2 year old girl – full blown AIDS
- A boy – born with one functioning kidney
- A girl – HIV positive – failed to thrive
Most of the children are abandoned in very dire circumstances. Most of them are new borns and are therefore very vulnerable – the initial care that is given to them is critical to ensure their ability to be able to thrive. A number of them are also very ill with various conditions and because of the nursing background of the Manager (Cindy Sproat) we have been very diligent in ensuring that the best possible treatment is offered to these babies. Most times with very positive results but unfortunately in some situations the babies are just too ill or frail to survive. The children that are healthy are available to be adopted and they have been part of some very successful adoptions – both locally and abroad. They have children in our care that are HIV positive and are healthy at this time (others have passed away).
They currently have four children in school as well as one of the children being at a special needs school.
How it will work
- Donate any grocery or toiltery items towards Miracle Mission Children’s Home .
- Drop off the christmas gifts to Tiffany or directly to the orphanage. 8 Adderly Street Kensington B Randburg.
- The Christmas Drive ends by the 23rd December 2016.
- Be part of the conversation on social media #AstoldbytiffanyMiracleMission to spread the word , the more gifts the merrier!
“We cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa