Mdantsane-based Masizakhe Children’s Home was filled with joy on Wednesday last week when the youngsters were treated with meals from Fish & Chips Co and Zebros from NU 6 Mdantsane City Mall.
Fish & Chips Co manager Sibulelo Matiti said they had decided to provide the children with meals to show them the children that people did care about them.
“I am from a broken home, where I grew up not knowing who my mother is, and my father did not care about my well-being, but that did not stop me from achieving my goals,” Matiti said.
“I want to show and inspire these young children that it is possible to better your life regardless of your upbringing.”
Masizakhe accommodates children from between the ages of two to 18 years.
“There are programmes that are offered by Masizakhe for the children, in which the children involve themselves in, such as therapeutic counselling, developmental and programmes, recreational programmes and host parenting,” resident social worker Qaqamba Ntuthu said.
She said host parents temporarily adopted s a child for weekends or holidays.
She said background checks were always done beforehand.
Ulwazi Secondary School teacher Mihlali Makalima shared some words of inspiration with the children, encouraging them to put their education first.
“The home and Ulwazi Secondary School have a good relationship together, as we have some pupils who come from Masizakhe.
“We want them to progress in life and make a difference in the community,” he said.
Life coach Pam Daweti said the children had been encouraged to know that they could overcome any obstacles that came their way in life.