Dear Jacaranda Breakfast team,
I am a girl in Grade 10 and one of the 20 contestants in this year’s Miss Sutherland campaign. Sutherland High School supports a charity every year in crowing Miss Sutherland.
This year contestants are raising money for the Ditshego House of Laughter – a non-profit organisation.
The Ditshego House of Laughter was opened in 2007 with the mission to provide love, security, education and stability for previously disadvantaged people. For children the Place of Safety was opened in Heuweloord. The Ditshego Pre-School was opened in the Mooiplaas informal settlement. To help the community various community empowerment projects are taking place.
The Ditshego House of Laughter – Place of safety takes care of children and orphans. A housemother is assisted by a social worker and volunteers. The children are nurtured and educated in a safe environment. The Place of Safety strives to provide healthcare, education and some recreational activities for the children. Most of these children are HIV positive or were previously abused.
The Ditshego Pre-School was opened in 2008. 140 children are taken care of by teachers and volunteers. Some of the teaching assistants have received little training. The Pre-School strives to offer two nutritional meals per day, education for children 3 to 6 years old and recreational activities.
The Ditshego Community Empowerment Projects include Food Garden Projects such as vegetable tunnels and feeding schemes, social care, health care and recruitment as volunteers for the pre-school and Place of Safety regularly.
There are approximately 16 000 residents living in the informal settlement. There are no resources available to the community. There are no schools, formal crèches, clinics or hospitals. The dumping site they live next to is a great health risk but medical services are not sufficient. There are no police facilities. Water is also very scarce in the community. Despite these conditions, the children of Ditshego are well cared for.
The Ditshego House of Laughter are in dire need of resources such as:
• free treatment i.e. doctors, occupational therapists and psychologists.
• Volunteers to assist in transporting children to various activities
• A vehicle for transport
• General maintenance and
• Volunteers to assist fund-raising – which is where Miss Sutherland Gets involved.
The only funding and help given to the Ditshego House are from churches and volunteers, therefore Miss Sutherland 2013 has made it their mission to help support these children.
All donations need to be in or confirmed by the 9th of April 2013. Please contact me as soon as possible.
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