Originating out of our work with the Home Based Care patients, children are often left vulnerable in the instances of death. We saw a need in the children – who required more care and extra support, both practically and spiritually. We believe that “religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world” James 1:27.
Our monthly playdates take place on a Saturday morning at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha where we host fun events for the orphans and vulnerable children from the community.
These Playdates help to uplift the children by instilling Godly values through Biblical lessons, prayer time, puppet shows and the learning of memory verses in a safe environment. They also receive a light snack making sure their hearts and tummies are full when they return home. This has become a joyous time of fun, fellowship and laughter for both the children and volunteers. At the end of every year we finish up with a much-anticipated Christmas party, a time of incredible celebration for the children.
Volunteers and sponsors are invited to come and visit the children on the Playdates.
Holiday Clubs run twice a year for our children, where we strive to provide a level of protection and instil Godly values. The programme provides practical relief from the harsh township realities and offer the children uplifting and encouraging activities as they participate.
During these times they experience God’s love and purpose for them, through Bible stories, practical lessons, fun times and fellowship with the other children and volunteers.
You are welcome to come along as a volunteer and help to make these events even more enjoyable for the children!
Youth Leader Mentorship
On alternating Friday afternoons we spend time with our youth leaders, discipling and mentoring them, imparting good leadership skills so that they in turn can better lead the 500+ Orphans and Vulnerable Children that we work with.
These youth are the older children (13-19 years) who have been identified as leaders from within our OVC group, many with amazing testimonies of how their lives have turned around. At these sessions they practice the dance and puppet show routines for the Playdates and put together the teaching materials that we might need as a team. We are incredibly proud of our youth as they are truly committed to making a difference in the community.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov 22:6