Carin and Lilly (not their real names) have been living in homes on Langlaagte and Maria Kloppers Campuses respectively. They have been a part of the Abraham Kriel Bambanani family from a young age. These two girls have faced challenges that broke them down mentally and physically and that had adverse effects on their development. But, with the right kind of care, guidance and therapy, even a broken child can grow up to fulfill their dreams.
Carin was placed at the Langlaagte Campus at the age of nine, due to severe abuse by a family member. The abuse caused a delay in her emotional development. She fell behind in school as she became inattentive and pre-occupied with her trauma. She, at one point, was transferred to a school where she could learn a vocational skill.
At eight months old, Lilly was brought to the Maria Kloppers Campus – she had been abandoned, had development delays and was fighting a debilitating disease that had been left untreated. She struggled to crawl and sit. She was too weak to even try. Despite endless efforts by the staff, therapy and additional support, we were often told that she would never be able to attend a mainstream school and that she would need on-going support.
For many years, donors such as yourself, have helped them navigate each development stage. YOU made sure that they received therapy, food, schooling, clothes and so much more.
Through sheer determination and motivation to succeed, both girls are in high school today. Carin was transferred to a remedial school, where she will complete Matric in 2022. She plans on fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer after matriculating.
Lilly, on the other hand, is a happy and healthy Grade 8 pupil in a mainstream school. She hasn’t had any medical issues in years and looks forward to what the future will bring for her.
“All glory to the Lord for looking after His children. A huge thank you to every donor, volunteer and staff member who had an influence in the girls’ lives and supported them on their journeys” – Ernesta Snyman-Teessen, Manager: Maria Kloppers Campus.