AfriForum Youth Tuks visited the Jacaranda Children’s Home in East Lynne, Pretoria to spread Easter cheer to the Home’s 250 children. This youth branch distributed 25 boxes of Easter eggs, clothing and toys.
The Jacaranda Children’s Home no longer receives financial support from Government or large private companies, as 70 % of their children are white. It has a direct influence on the Home’s monthly operating costs. Every house on the premises is home to about 13 children, ranging between 18 months and 18 years.
“According to the Home’s website, it costs about R218 per day to tend to a child’s needs. We wanted to make a difference, even if it was only for a day. We didn’t only want to drop off a donation, so we had fun with the kids for the entire day. The students of AfriForum Youth Tuks held an Easter egg hunt for them, and all of us had great fun,” Rochelle Oosthuyse, chair of AfriForum Youth Tuks, said.
AfriForum Youth encourages other students to get involved in community projects, especially at children’s homes. “The only thing some house parents ask for is someone who can keep an eye over the children when it’s time for home work. One is maybe only giving a little bit of one’s time, but the impact one has on children’s lives is invaluable.”