According to a recent report by Statistics South Africa, there are around 3 500 children abandoned in South Africa every year, with approximately 65% of this total being new born babies – and this number is on the rise.
In an effort to assist the community in handling the increasing cases of child abandonment in KwaZulu-Natal, RocoMamas Liberty Mall has made the move to support Thandi House, a children’s home in the Pietermaritzburg community, through collection drives and the supply of foodstuffs and essentials.
Founded and operated by Mark and Rene Morcom, Thandi House provides care to children who have been raped and abused, as well as those who are differently-abled or terminally-ill. It also provides a safe haven for pregnant teenagers who have been cast out by their families.
This initiative is part of the Spur Corporation’s ongoing drive to add value to the communities in which they operate. Through the Spur Corporation’s non-profit organisation ‘The Full Tummy Fund’, privately owned franchisees – such as RocoMamas Liberty Mall – are encouraged to make a meaningful impact in their community by supporting an existing charity or cause of their choice.
The Fund has opted to support a young girl from Thandi House who is 95% blind due to abuse. It has donated funds towards her occupational therapy, including the purchase of various specialised equipment.
The function of the Full Tummy Fund is to invest in early childhood educational and nutritional programmes. The organisation believes that investing in early childhood development is known to be one of the most effective means of eradicating poverty in disadvantaged communities.
“It is only through working together that we can offer the care children need to have a chance at a better life,” says Conrad van Rooyen, owner of RocoMamas Liberty Mall.
Want to help? Visit www.thandihouse.com