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Mama Angel provides clothing for Red Cross's home-based project caring for the vulnerable

By unknown | Nov 22, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Botshelo Selogilwe

Botshelo Selogilwe

Christmas arrived early for the children in the care of the Red Cross Society in Pretoria.

Mama Angel this week donated clothes to their home-based project which cares for orphans, vulnerable children and sick people.

Project coordinator Tlalane Ndlala said: "We have 62 volunteers who visit and identify needy homes in the community.

"We go to sick families to do assessments and assist them.

"Some of the children come from abusive situations.

"Our volunteers guide the children and help them with homework and normal daily activities," she said.

The Red Cross takes care of 500 children and has 10 team leaders of volunteers who mentor and help with challenging family cases.

The project was started in 2004 and operates in areas such as Mabopane, Atteridgeville, Soshanguve, GaRankuwe, Mamelodi East and Mamelodi West.

Their activities include providing health education to families as well as emotional and psychological support.

Ndlala says: "We are supporting the initiative of the national health office to fight and help families affected by HIV and tuberculosis.

"We do home visits because we do not want to take the children away from their families.

"We want them to grow up where they feel comfortable.

"We only take the child if there is a serious case that needs attention."

The Red Cross operates nationally and is known for its humanitarian values and for dealing with health issues such as education about Aids, water and sanitation.

It is an independent movement that volunteers its services to the community.

Ndlala said: " We need transport that will enable us to go to the community regularly, visit homes and check how families are doing."


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