• Generosity warms hearts
• “God has heard our prayer”
BLOEMFONTEIN – Bags of children toys and other amenities given to Mphohadi Educare Centre by Dumelang Media and the Anchor of Hope team yesterday gave this poverty stricken centre based in Phase ten, Mangaung township a much needed boost in their daily endeavours.
There was excitement in the air when, The People’s Paper, briefly called on this under resourced centre, which only has a one classroom shack with two jungle gyms shared by over thirty children, as part of their annual international Mandela Day celebration. This Mandela 67 Minutes event was proudly sponsored by the Dumelang Media management in collaborations with their major clients such as Windmill Casino and Entertainment Centre, Anchor of Hope and Kings’ Comfort.
In an interview with Dumelang News, the matron of Mphohadi Educare Centre, Nongozi Sanah Tonisi said that they had been struggling to raise money for their basic needs and was grateful that God had finally heard their prayers. “I am so happy and feel like crying right now as we have always wanted to buy the toys, tables and chairs for our children but could not afford them as we do not have funding. God has heard our prayers today and we will continue believing in his miraculous powers.
We have applied for funding from the Department of Social Development but it is not coming forth. We are struggling and we sometimes use our own money to feed the children here,’’ she said. Tonisi, who has been working as a facilitator at different crèches around Bloemfontein for the past thirteen years before establishing Mphohadi Educare Centre in 2013, thanked the sponsors on behalf of her two colleagues, Nonzingo Florah Hlalele and Puleng Duiker. She said they would be happy if they could get Samaritans that would help them build more classrooms.
The spokesperson of the Non profit Organisation, Anchor of Hope, Boeta Swart said that they felt privileged to reach out to the needy as they believe in giving people hope. “Mandela has been an icon for the entire world and the hope in humanity is lost when people do not feel loved. To us, Mandela day is everyday as we have food and clothing banks through which we give away between 12 000 to 15 000 items of clothes a month. We have amongst other projects a pregnancy centre where we house pregnant people who have been neglected by their husbands,” he said.
The management of Windmill Casino and Entertainment Centre are no strangers to helping out destitute children and have also been involved in many community outreach programmes in the past around the province. “We were happy to be part of this Mandela Day celebration as part of our social responsibility. We love working with children hence you can still find a crèche here at our centre. We believe that a crèche is crucial to further child development and supply professional care,’ said Yasheen Sookdeo, Regional General Manager of Windmill.
The Management at Dumelang Media, said they were grateful for the opportunity to make such a gesture to such a worthy cause and said that the media house always strives to make a difference in the community and in this case further upholding the legacy of Tata Madiba.
The team cleaned the yard, fed the children and gave them different gifts that included; curtains, blankets, shoes, children’s chairs, children’s tables.