In an organization focusing on the care and development of children, there are often a scarcity of dads. Those that we do have are quite extraordinary men.
Dads are incredibly important in a healthy society. Research has clearly shown that the presence of a dad will give a child a much better sense of identity and their place in the world. With these examples of caring fatherhood, we celebrate all the wonderful dads out there.
Jerry drives the children to school on a daily basis – when there is school of course. He has a quiet dignity that give many highly excitable or fearful children the reassurance that they are safe with him. What a wonderful gift!
Pierre is a housefather at a satellite house and he is a Math wizard. He also has the ability to teach mathematics in such a way that a girl can understand it. He makes it fun and the kids that come to him for help improve their marks considerably.
Morgan has a little girl, who is his princess, but that has never stopped him from being there for other kids. He plays cricket with them and he teaches them to pray. He accompanied the driver of the food truck on the food parcel deliveries to communities. This was his experience.
“We were distributing bread in Slovoville and word spread quickly. About 30 minutes in a granny, probably in her 80’s and walking on crutches, arrived in search of a loaf of bread. It broke my heart to see this fragile granny so dependent on a loaf of bread to feed herself and her family. People were begging us not to cut off the queue, as it represented their only meal for the day. It made me realise that hunger is real.”
Our driver, Sindisiwe, is well known in the Westbury community and with the network of contacts he has built up, he ensures that our delivery trucks can move about safely. He used to drive the same route every day to deliver meals to the children on our programmes. Cheerful greetings follow him all along the way. The kids that receive food parcels are very fond of him and disappointed that he does not allow hugs right now.
Packson is an auxiliary social worker. He is deeply involved with the children in community services. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than to see the kids succeed and make something of themselves.
You will never catch David without a smile. As senior maintenance man on the Langlaagte campus he can do just about anything from fixing a tap to hanging a door. The boys on campus look up to him.
Paul, is our CEO and a natural leader. He is the Big Daddy and most people are a bit in awe of him. He is a disciplined man, however he can be trusted to be the champion of a loving approach to the staff and beneficiaries of the organization.
We are grateful to have these wonderful men in our lives. They enrich the organization. We could not mention all of them even though they are not many. We salute you and all the Daddies out there that make the world a safer place where children can be their best selves.