Miss Limpopo 2015, Mosiah Tau recently reached out to the staff and 74 children served by Atlegang JimJam Drop-in-Centre in Madibong, Ga-Sekhukhune.
Tau explained that Shane Motala, a close friend of hers who is also involved at Atlegang JimJam, informed her of the centre, their work and needs. Tau then decided to do something to help the children, aged between 1 and 21 who depend on the centre. With the help of family members and local businessmen she managed to collect second hand clothes, toys and food parcels to the children and could also provide a special lunch on the day of her visit.
“Most of the children are orphans or come from very poor or disadvantaged families. A number of them stay with Ellen Malata, founder of the centre, in her two-roomed house. There is a bed in the room for the girls but the boys sleep on foam rubber and cardboard boxes.
“Another sad thing is that the centre doesn’t have a proper structure where they feed the children. It is just a tiny tinned room and that’s also where they store and prepare the food,” said Tau. She added that she was glad to have spent the whole day there. “It is always joyous to spend time with kids. So we sang, danced and played. I was saddened to realise the conditions at the centre, they do not even have a toilet. I’m grateful that we were able to catch the attention of local business owners and make them aware of the situation at the centre. In partnership with them we will better the conditions,” she said.
She is determined to visit the facility again soon and continue in her efforts to make a difference in the lives of these vulnerable children.
Story: LEANDRI VAN SCHALKWYK