Child centre needs assistance

Non-profit organisation East London Child and Youth Care Centre (ELCYCC), is in need of generous helping hands from the community to assist them in their everyday operations.

The centre cares for almost 105 children who come from disadvantaged communities or dysfunctional families as part of their residential programme.

ELCYCC director Vuyelwa Mahlahla said the organisation also managed a community-based child and youth care programme called Isibindi (meaning courage).

“It renders services to children/youth and families infected and affected by HIV/Aids. The Isibindi programme serves the needs of 1,600 children and their families on a monthly basis,” Mahlahla said.

Other needs for the centre include volunteers for homework and skills development and volunteers to simply read to or spend time with the children.

The centre momentarily is in desperate need of pre-loved boys’ clothing from ages two to 13. Clothes for boys and girls from birth to 18 years is also welcome, as well as toys, books, stationary, study guides, school uniforms and non-perishable food items.

ELCYCC fundraiser and social worker Larne Robus said the centre was still in need of monetary donors despite financial support from the social development department.

“Due to the ever-increasing costs, we are more reliant on donor support to continue offering our services to vulnerable children and families,” Robus said.

“There are many ways of getting involved financially, such as monthly debit orders or a once-off donation.” Robus added.

Contact the centre on 043-730-7212, e-mail elcyccfundsa@gmail.com or their East London Child and Youth Care Centre Facebook page.

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