Christine Revell Childrens Home
Rotary Waterfront supports the Christine Revell Childrens Home.
Christine Revell Children’s Home (CRCH) cares for 49 abandoned, abused, orphaned and neglected babies and small children.
With the help of 31 staff members, including a director, social worker, child care workers, administrative and domestic staff, the children receive round the clock care. The staff also have a considerable commitment in terms of the hosting programs (screening and mentoring), working with the families of the children to hopefully eventually reintegrate them into their communities, seeing to the special emotional and educational needs of the children, and organising and overseeing the various volunteer programmes.
As a registered child care centre, CRCH receives a limited subsidy from the Department of Social Development. It is heavily dependent on donations (in cash and kind), the consistent support of friends, both locally and abroad: universities, schools, businesses, community based organisations and the priceless contributions of the volunteers.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
• Volunteers act as donations coordinators at their company, school, church or community.
• Volunteers from across the world commit at least eight weeks of their time.
• Volunteer doctors regularly examine and treat the children.
• Student volunteers from local and overseas universities assist with the evaluation and guidance of children with special emotional or developmental needs.
• Volunteers often undertake maintenance and gardening projects and arrange outings for the children.
These little people really cannot help themselves and most importantly – receiving the selfless nurturing, love and compassion of caring people at this young age - will help grow them into kind and compassionate adults.
This is some of what it takes to care for 49 little people every month:
10-15 containers baby powder & lotion
75kg washing powder
25l dishwashing liquid
25l Handy Andy
250 rolls toilet paper
60-70 bars of toilet soap
24 cans each of beans, peas and sweetcorn
24kg jungle oats
12kg mealie meal
24 bottles vegetable oil
12 boxes each macaroni & spaghetti
24 jars peanut butter
20kg sweetmilk cheese
12kg cheddar chesse
24 tins of jam
300 liters of long-life milk
Every Quarter: 50-100 waterproofs and 50-100 towelling nappies
Read more about the Hosting Programme, the Educare Programme and the Income Generating Projects on www.crch.co.za
Left to Right Mary-Ann Hendriks (10 years); Rene Williams (20 years); Alicia Rhoda (20 years); Lea Willemse (25 years); Mathilda Ruiters (30 years). Not in picture, is Chef Dolphina van Rhyn (30 years).
Some of the little people preparing to sing for the guests of honour...
Marcel Hoogebeen (president Tygerberg Rotary Club and past member of WRC) brought a group of 2 Oceans Marathon runners from Sneek in Holland to Christine Revell Children’s Home for a tour of the Home and they handed over a cheque in the amount of R111,000 which is split between a Tygerberg Rotary Club crèche project and our CRCH. The Hoogebeen family's dedication has helped to bring CRCH from near collapse, to the thriving facility it is today. A huge thank you to them for their continued support.
The Department of Social development made a grant of R50,000 available to Christine Revell Childrens Home to help relieve the impact of the severe drought and water restrictions. We received a most generous anonymous donation to cover the balance of the installation. This is a work-in-progress project which includes drilling a 48m deep borehole, yield testing the capacity 9it is around 1,5 cubic meters per hour and our daily requirement is around 5 cubic meters per day), water testing, installing pumps and piping and filtration equipment (a donation from “Stichting tot Steun” in the Netherlands), and eventually linking the system to our existing piping.
Once this is completed, some of the projects on our wish/want list will be prioritised. This includes a solar power installation, an upgrade to the second washing machine and clothes dryer, replacing the old mini-bus and the motor vehicle, staff training, funding extra murals for the children: Swimming and dancing lessons, and supplementing the food/running costs of the home.
The Mohammed family, as well as the Postemas, Sue and Alfons enjoying the carols (with candles!).
Friends and families came from far and near to support the very enthusiastic performers - heart warming indeed!
Debby Daniel, Maryka Vermaak, Titilayo Adedokun Helm, Nadene Rolston and Nazlie Mohamed at the Cullinan Hotel for the CRCH lunch.
Capt. Piet Postema and Alicia Rhoda both received a South African Bronze Medal of Merit from The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.
The CRCH Host Parents Cake Table at the CHRISTINE REVELL CHILDREN'S HOME Fund Raising Bazaar.
We were privileged to welcome 23 student and 2 professors : Mary Carlsen and Sharon Lane-Getaz, from St Olaf College – a university in Northfield Minnesota in the USA.
After the meeting, the students interviewed several Waterfront Rotarians and on Saturday 14th, a few of them visited Christine Revell Children’s Home.
Marcell Hoogebeen - past member of Waterfront Rotary Club (and current President of Tygerberg Rotary Club), brought family friends to visit Christine Revell Children's Home.
The Wettstein Family, visiting from Switzerland, gave a generous donation for computers and tablets for the children and four year old Jonas made a personal contribution of R1000 of his pocket money that he had been saving for some months...
Everyone was much relieved when the two 5,000 liter rainwater harvesting tanks finally arrived at Christine Revell Children's Home.
The tanks turned out to be just a little bigger than planned, so the only way to get them into the back of the building, was to go over the roof... who knew the jungle gym would come in so handy!
The garage and playroom extension is complete. “Alicia’s Dream” has become a reality and she shares her pleasure with Lionel, a Rotary member of the Home’s Management Committee.
Alicia and staff member Rene Williams in front of the garage entrance doors. The extended meeting room is constantly in use as a training room. That’s wonderful news.
On April 1st, the walls were going up (top pic) at Christine Revell Childrens Home, and by April 8th, they were casting the roof that will become the floor of the playroom extention. Excellent progress in a very short time!
The first concrete being cast of the foundations at Christine Revell Children’s Home for the garage and playroom extension.
What a difference the new ClearVu fence makes... and the electrified top should make the fence particularly secure. The funders who contributed to the fence can feel very pleased - it was money well spent!
Maryka pointing out a seagull to Deonaldo.
Janet & Gary Kriseman amusing one of the twins...
The Carols evening at CRCH was - once again - an event of wonder and excitement for the little people - and occasion for the adults to enjoy their excitement...
Some members of WFRC joined the party: Maryka Vermaak, Sue Pokorney and "Dr Moh"...