When a child smiles then it never rains” said the president of committee the international golden key honour society, Odirile Ramafoko representing the North West University –Mafikeng campus chapter. The committee made of students recognized top performing student of the university organized a fun filled day for the children of kagontle child care center in Montshioa. The children were spoiled with exciting games donations including, food, toys and clothes from the society, which were collected via donations from the university. The center is a shelter for homeless and destitute children who come from very poor families with no food on the table it a haven for these children to also have a shot at life with an actual future. “The center started in 1999 and we were registered in 2001 it is now funded by the department of social development as a shelter for children living and working on and off the streets as well as destitute children.” Mostly these children are from lonely park, signal Hill and other villages around”, Said the manager of the center Noluthando Mashinini. With the center hosting around 32 children from 6-18 years of age, Mashinini and her friends surpassed all odds and continued to show her indefatigable love compassion and care to these kids her resilience carried her through the days when they used to even ask for even rotten food donations and giving up her nursing job just to care for these children. “The opportunities that are given here is that they notice that are loved out there…, because most of them get the misfortune of being abused out there.” Some of the children did not even have Birth certificates and their parents don’t even have identity documents as well at the center they are placed in schools.
The organization aims at fostering hope to these to dream bigger, inculcating a sense of believe that nothing is impossible. “We would like to see you prosper and attend university like ourselves” said Nikita Naee’lah Dellwaria, vice president of the IGKHS-North West University Mafikeng campus chapter committee. One of the children who lives at the center Tshediso Moleleki(18) stood out with his impeccable rap verses, he sure is a crowd pleaser and maybe even the next Mafikeng motswako origin ale. “I would like to see myself having a recording contract,” expressed the young hopeful lad.
Unfortunately for kids like Tshediso this might be the end of the road, as a child center it can only keeps children until they are 18 , some of them do go back home after their families have been rehabilitated, with close relationship with the department of social development. Mrs Mashinini, expressed hopes to apply for a higher certificate allowing her to open a child and a youth center that will enable her to keep the children in the shelter until they are 22 and able to fend for themselves.