One man’s commitment to children
On the edges of Ventersdorp – the desolate town in which Eugene Terreblanche was killed in December 2009 – there is a very poverty stricken township. There are thousands of people living there with little hope of anything much – the schools can’t cope, there is widespread sickness, the locals farms are shedding workers by the hundreds and no other employment is on the horizon. As a result of all this there is considerable poverty, death, violence, and crime. To help alleviate the awful problems faced by many families a lot of of the women [who are often widows / left unsupported] are prepared to travel miles and miles either every day or weekly to get money to survive.
A local Pastor, working on a shoestring himself, noticed many, many very small children left alone all day and, knowing how very vulnerable they are, he somehow got together enough resources to start up three different crèches. He has volunteer helpers who more often than not don’t get paid and together they somehow manage to keep 68 tots safe from harm every day. He somehow heard about our training for crèche leaders and has now attended, praising it to the skies; we are planning for all his volunteer helpers to also attend during 2010.