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Children's Day has special meaning at Othandweni

By unknown | Nov 03, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Lucia Rabali

Lucia Rabali

Othandweni Children's Home in Mofolo, Soweto, houses 90 children aged between a few days and 18 years old.

It will be celebrating Universal Children's Day on November 20 with other institutions providing safety for vulnerable kids.

Last year almost 14000 children and their families received care and support from from the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCWS).

This year the residents at Othandweni, which is part of the JCWS, will celebrate the day with children from all the other JCWS homes.

Last year we had a similar event and all the children were so excited to meet and play with their peers.

With all the children under one roof, the caretakers were kept on their toes all day.

We were expecting a few grazed knees, and we did get a couple.

But it was nothing to worry about, because the house mothers soon got the kids' wounds clean and patched up with Dettol and sent them out to play again with their new-found friends.

l This article is the result of a partnership between Sowetan, Othandweni and Dettol that fulfils the ideals of the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation. The author is a publicist.

l Dettol is giving away hampers worth R500 as prizes for our readers. To win a hamper, SMS the word "Dettol" to the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society on 38008. SMSes cost R10; R5 will be given to support the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society.


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