the 30 March, the Tshwane Shapers spent the morning in Mamelodi, playing games
and getting sugar a rush with the kids. Every year the shapers take time to
visit the centre, spread some love and interact with the care givers and centre
manager to understand the dynamics that exist and where support is need.
Tshwane Hub has partnered with the centre for the past 5 years. The centre
supports close to 500 kids in total with 100 kids coming through daily for
homework assistance and food. For some the meal served at the centre is the
only meal they receive in a day.
Vilakazi, who is the centre manger refers to it as a drop- in centre as the
kids do not stay there but come for refuge and support. The kids get to interact
and play with other kids, they are fed and over and above that there are social
work resources on the premises to support the kids holistically.
centre has been a haven for the kids. However recently the centre has been
experiencing vandalism and crime from the new informal settlement dwellers that
have recently joined the community. The centre structure has been broken down
and this has exposed the centre and kids to danger. There have been some
discussions with the members from the informal settlement to sensitize them
about the work that is happening at Siyadinga, more work and community
cooperation is still need in order to secure the premises.
The centre is currently under resourced and in need of support. We ask that if you know someone who can support, please reach out to the Tshwane Global Shapers via Thembile Ndlovu on email@example.com and/or Rivonia Pillay on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In line with the Hub’s annual tradition of sharing some love with those most in need, on the 5th May 2018, a group of Tshwane Shapers gathered at The Heartbeat Foundation in Mamelodi. Part of the Siyadinga Community Child Care Forum, Heartbeat is home to 150 orphans, providing them after school support and running feeding schemes.
Our aim was simple – to make sure the children felt loved and had an enjoyable morning. And fun and games there were! It was truly humbling to see how much joy some face paints, music and chairs can bring to the hearts of little ones – they ask nothing of us adults other than showing them genuine care and some undivided attention!
Despite the chilly weather, everyone was soon feeling warm after numerous rounds of dancing statues, wheelbarrow races, musical chairs, three-legged hops and egg-and-spoon relays. Music played all morning and we were taught some incredible new dance moves by children as young as four years old! Not to mention being introduced to our new hub anthem – Skorokoro. We were really impressed by the beautiful manners of the children who were so well-behaved during the whole morning, even when we brought out lunch for the hungry tummies!
It was such a privilege for us to be able to spend some time with these happy little people and we thank the staff members of Heartbeat for all the amazing work they do. We would encourage any individual or organization interested in working with them to contact us, as they are in need of several items for the center as well as financial support to continue providing a safe space for the vulnerable children of Mamelodi.
Having fun makes for hungry tummies
Musical chairs – a classic!
So much joy!
The team for the day
Who can resist a good, old-fashioned wheel barrow race?