A safe place for children in need
Abraham Kriel Bambanani is a place where children can feel safe, loved and cared for, not just by the staff, but by people who donate, volunteer and spend time with them. YOUR contribution to the development of the children in our care is pivotal and has an impact on the kind of adults they become.
Below are the stories of some beneficiaries who have benefited from your generosity and kindness.
Leon is a completely different to the child we first met at age 12. He was described as “emotionally unsafe”. Leon comes from a home where he suffered neglect, abuse, rejection and loss. At a tender age he already had to play the role of parent. He gave in to peer pressure easily, was always angry, hated school and would make himself vomit when given food.
“Today, at age 18, Leon is on prescribed medication and regularly sees a therapist. He appears very positive and shows interest in his school work and other recreational activities. Leon now has a fair chance of achieving his potential. It took a great deal of intervention”, says Krystle Swartz, Leon’s social worker.
When Tholakele received a call from Boston City Campus and Business College, she could not believe it. She had just completed a three month course at the Emdeni Skills Centre and was worried about her future. The call notified her that the college accepted her and would give her a bursary. She knew this opportunity would change her life.
Tholakele is from Zola and has been living with an abusive aunt and cousin since her parents and grandmother passed away. She was nearly raped by her cousin and was blamed for the incident. The abuse usually intensified mid-month when her grant money had run out. By the time the abuse was identified, it was too late for her to be removed from her aunt’s house, as she was about to turn 18.
Regardless of the abuse, Tholakele was grateful that her aunt registered her twin brother and herself at AKB’s Soweto Family Care. There she found social workers she was able to talk to; people who encouraged her to stay strong and keep her head up. Says Tholakele, “I’m grateful to the social workers that have been assigned to my family and to all the donors that have opened the doors of opportunity, not just for me, but for the other kids as well”.
The Malgas kids*
Antonio (8), Sheree (10), Tasneem (11) and Lenae (12) Malgas have been a part of Abraham Kriel Bambanani’s Westbury Family Care for two years now.
Earlier this year they lost both their grandmothers and their father within the space of a month. This was a huge blow for the children. Their mother had passed away long ago already. The children are receiving counseling to help them cope and stay in school. As an organisation and with access to resources made possible by your support, Abraham Kriel could guide and monitor the process of appointing a guardian from the family for the children.
We know that with YOUR help, we will be able to continue providing the Malgas children with the care they need and meet their material needs.
Dear donor, we know that, with YOUR support, Leon, Tholakele and the Malgas children will have a future filled with possibility and purpose beyond their imagination. What you have done and continue to do for these boys and girls is selfless and gives us and the children in our care, hope that they will have a place in the world. Thank you!
*All names of the children and youth were changed to protect their privacy.