We currently maintain 3 different projects on GlobalGiving and this particular project (Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg) has not had any support for over a year and so we have decided to de-activate it. That doesn't mean that Thandanani is changing, or that we don't still need your support, we will still have the following 2 projects where you can support us:
Help Educate 22 Children in Zandspruit, S.Africa (Project No 35381)
Support 22 Children During Covid-19 in Jo'burg (Project No 47438)
By way of a reminder of who we are and the challenges we face in this upside-down world that our children live in, I wanted to share one final report with you on this specific project.
Thandanani is located in the informal settlement of Zandspruit which is a sprawling mass of shacks which has grown exponentially since we established our children’s home on the outskirts almost 20 years ago. Unfortunately, with the growth of the settlement comes an equal growth in crime which the authorities are challenged to contain, resulting in the residents taking the law into their own hands. The ugliness of this form of so called “mob justice” is what we try to shield our children from, but it becomes increasingly difficult to do so as Zandspruit now completely encircles us, and although we have been spared any incidents involving our children, we have come to the conclusion that we need to find a new location for our home. Of course finding a new location is easier said than done, not to mention that the cost far exceeds what we can afford, nevertheless it’s a challenge that we believe we must rise to.
But it’s not all doom and gloom as we see our children successfully progressing with their education.
Sam completed his training as a welder and has found his first job and hopes to be able to move out of Thandanani and establish himself in his own home in the near future.
Zyna is in her second year of a 3-year course in Computer Science and is doing exceptionally well.
Xoli is in his final year of secondary school, and is hoping to attend university next year to study Civil Engineering.
Palesa is in her final year of secondary school, and is hoping to study teaching next year.
And of course as winter approaches we’re now facing our 3rdwave of Covid-19 with the challenges which that will bring. We are extremely grateful that none of our children has contracted the virus to date, but we’re going to have to continue to be vigilant over the coming months.
So we continue to be thankful for all the positives things that we see happening, and we remain confident that we will find a way to overcome the obstacles that face us, and we will never forget you our supporter who has walked a long road with us for which we are eternally grateful, and we trust that you will see your way clear to continue support us via one of our other projects.
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