"Caring for children since 1987"

Children's homes suffer due to pandemic - June 2021

The Jakaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes strives to create a home in the capital for children in abnormal circumstances, who are often abused and neglected, where they are given everything they would find in an ordinary home with an ordinary family.


"Unfortunately, with the onset of the pandemic, Children’s Homes had to set aside our normal marketing plan to generate money for the Children’s Homes and so far we have not been able to hold any fundraising functions," said Charlene Grobler, CEO of both Children’s Homes.


The annual Jakaranda Liggiefees, which is already an institution among the residents of Pretoria and had been recorded in diaries early on, was not hosted in December 2020 as usual. The revenue from this festival usually covered the Children’s Home in East Lynne's expenses, while management waited for the Children’s Home's annual government subsidy. 


Furthermore, the Children’s Home's management has decided to also postpone a gala evening in August due to the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is currently hitting Gauteng hard. "The plan was to treat guests to a three-course meal while we would share some of our children's success stories with the supporters on the evening."Grobler says the Children’s Homes should now turn to members of the public for support to keep the day-to-day operations at the homes in East Lynne and Queenswood running smoothly. "Readers should not underestimate what they can mean to us. Remember, the Children’s Homes need everything you would use in an ordinary home, even if it is different, and you have to multiply it 30 times for each home. ”


Grobler says the setup at the two Children’s Homes is also no longer one of a central kitchen with bedrooms and bunk beds.


Louis Botha Children’s Home, which has been in existence for 103 years this year, was one of the first Children’s Homes to introduce a system of 12 children who live in a home with houseparents and are supported by assistants. The children can learn to cook here together and help with certain household tasks while learning life skills. 


"To fall into the care of and manage a total of 326 children, who are enrolled at 16 different schools, is definitely not a joke."


Jakaranda Children’s Home (formerly the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home Pretoria) can provide a safe home for 230 children between the ages of three and 18 at full capacity, while Louis Botha cares for 100 children. The children who live in this Children’s Home are between seven and 18 years old. 


Grobler encourages readers to get involved as volunteers at the Children’s Homes. The Children’s Homes receive clothing, food and financial donations. Readers can choose to become financially involved with the two Children’s Homes in several ways:


One-time cash donation with PayFast or an EFT.

Monthly debit order deductions.

Make a legacy to the Children’s Homes. Make a legacy to the Children’s Homes.


Visit the Jakaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes websites or social media platforms for more information, or email Ina Kotze to fundraising1@jacarandachildren.co.za

Winners of the Good Gear ZA & Jakaranda Children's Home Art Competition!
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Good Gear ran an art competition in collaboration with the Jakaranda Children's Home and the amount and quality of the artwork has been overwhelming!

 

The competition allowed the children at our home to unleash their creativity and attack a pair of socks with their most unique and artistic ideas. Good Gear then had the difficult task of choosing winners and using these designs on our sports gear so that we can donate back 28% of all sales!

 

As is always the case, choosing a winner was exceptionally difficult. Good Gear even had to bring in an external jury to help decide the top three!


Support our Children's Home by heading over to their online shop and order your very own funky pair!


Look good. Do good.


A children's Home approach - 22 March 2020

During holiday times 60% of the children go visit family or guest parents, and 40% remain at the Children’s Home. This holiday unfortunately, upon instruction from the Department of Social Development, all our children have to stay at the Children’s Home, within the boundaries of their respective houses.

Social Workers and Houseparents’ have already implemented a holiday programme for each of the 20 homes, to alleviate boredom and frustration for the children. This also means that any planned holiday excursions for the children have been cancelled or postponed.

Visitors or donation deliveries to the Children’s Home would need to follow the measures that have been put in place. These measures will change according to the Children’s Home need. Presently, upon arrival at the entrance to the premises, visitors will be required to clean their hands thoroughly, thereafter security will inform the respective house of the visitor or delivery. The house will then meet the visitor outside at their house’s gate. Visitors will be limited to entering the house.

The Children’s Home is unfortunately not able to accept cash donations on the premises. The public is rather urged to make donations directly into the Organisation’s bank account. The bank details are as follows: Name: Jakaranda Children`s Home, Bank: ABSA Cheque Account, Branch: Derdepoort, Code: 632005, Acc no: 143 014 0724.

With the above said, only food, cleaning materials, toiletries and medical donations can be accepted, and are welcomed. Unfortunately, no clothing donations can be accepted until further notice. The Children’s Home simply does not have the facilities to disinfect mass clothing. The above arrangement will have an undesirable effect on donations that are normally received and will have an impact on the survival of the Children’s Home.

In light of the measures that have been implemented, supporters are encouraged to rather use online shopping facilities, such as Pick n Pay or Dischem portals, and have any essential goods, delivered to the Children’s Home. The Children’s Home is based at 1 Talitha Kumi Street, East Lynne (Derdepoort), Pretoria.


During this difficult time, the Children’s Home is pleading to the public to continue supporting them and getting them through this disaster time.


Please contact the Marketing Department on 012 800 4700 or marketing@jacarandachildren.co.za should you need more information on how you can become involved.