By the grace of Allah Ta’ala, the Jamiat KZN PROJECT H.E.L.P. sister volunteers had the privilege to show some love, attention and inspire hope in the lives of the disadvantaged children at the Othandweni Child and Youth Care Centre’s Edith Benson Babies’ Home. The babies are from new born to 5 years old and all 50 children are either abandoned, orphaned or vulnerable i.e. physically, emotionally or sexually abused from disadvantaged indigenous communities within the Durban area.
Alhamdo-Lillah, the Jamiatul Ulama KZN PROJECT H.E.L.P. relief team hosted a very special fun day for these children on Saturday April 16th, which included an entertaining balloon sculpting show, an inflatable ball pond and other fun outdoor activities. The following fun activities were carefully chosen to increase confidence and self-esteem in the children and at the same time allow for interaction between the children and our volunteers:
- Play dough: This pre-math activity introduces the child to geometry, since the play dough can be formed into many shapes and objects of different sizes.
- Hand painting: This is a very personalised form of art, since it belongs to each individual child. This gives the child a sense of pride and uniqueness.
- An interactive poem session: This was conducted by a qualified speech and drama teacher. This develops pre-reading skills, gross motor activity, and the child’s all-round coordination.
- A hula hoop game: This is an outdoor psychomotor activity which required running around the hoop and sitting in the hoop when the whistle is blown. This develops within the child coordination, listening and gross motor skills.
After every activity each child was applauded, praised and rewarded with a sweet to boost their confidence and self-esteem. All activities were well thought out and executed with care, interaction and love. The interaction and love is what the children needed and enjoyed the most. During the activities, the children were given a nutritious 100% pure chilled fruit juice to drink.
The highlight of the day for the children was lunch, where each child was handed their very own box of Roman’s pizza and a bottle of chilled soft drink. Those children not on solids were personally hand fed ‘Purity’ pure fruit baby food by the PROJECT H.E.L.P. volunteers.
Every caregiver at the home were also treated to their own box of Roman’s Pizza and a bottle of chilled soft drink.
The children were even more delightfully surprised when, before leaving, the PROJECT H.E.L.P. volunteers team handed out two gift packs to each child. One gift pack contained an assortment of novelty sweets and the other contained a few novelty toys.
In addition to the above, the PROJECT H.E.L.P. relief team provided the following essential items to the babies’ home:
- 1,000 nappies
- 1,000 latex gloves
- 30 ride-on scooters
- 25 kg in total of assorted children’s powdered milk formula
Each of our sister volunteers expressed their gratitude to the PROJECT H.E.L.P. relief team to have been a part of this project. They found the experience wonderful and spiritually uplifting to have brought joy to these disadvantaged children.
We express our heartfelt gratitude to all our volunteers for their sterling efforts, who worked tirelessly and selflessly to make this project a success. We make dua that Allah Ta’ala accepts this humble effort, especially the contributions of our donors and the efforts of all involved, Aameen.
If you wish to contribute to PROJECT H.E.L.P. kindly note our banking details below:
Jamiatul Ulama KZN (Lillah Projects)
FNB Umgeni Junction (200913)
Account Number: 5089 1141 828
Reference: PROJECT HELP
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