It is clear from the conversations we have with our young people that what is most important in their lives are other people. During the Christmas season, their deepest wish is to belong somewhere. Some of them don’t even know who the people are that they miss, but the sadness is evident.
By selecting and training people as childcare workers, we go some way toward providing for this basic human need of the youngsters in our care. We are grateful that this fills a void in the lives of these diverse, funny, profound and talented young people. We are also deeply grateful to the many volunteers who act as role models and who often provide the inspiration to a child to fulfil their dreams. When we falter and lose hope, we are inspired by our young people as they reach forward to a future with all the hope that a young heart can hold.
As an organisation, we are still struggling to get back to an even keel financially, after the losses incurred over the last two financial years. The current state of the economy is no help at all and this struggle has seen some white-knuckle situations on several occasions over the past months. Once again, we have been forced to ask staff to make sacrifices. It is with deep gratitude that I acknowledge our dedicated staff, all of whom make a massive difference in the lives of children and youth.
None of the events shared in this newsletter, or in any other communication for that matter, would have been possible without the support of our donors and funding partners. We remain deeply indebted to you. A group that receives little recognition are our volunteers, which includes our dedicated board members, who continue to give of their time, their talent and their dedication without any expectation of reward. Thank you. You make us better!
To quote one of the fathers who dropped his son off for his first day of school at Johanna Malan ECDC: “May the blood of Jesus cover you today, keep you safe and help you enjoy [your day at school] this Christmas.”