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Two children painting chicken eggsJune 16 is synonymous with youth bashes and parties as the nation stops to celebrate its youth. Yet, while our fellow countryfolks go out of their way to lure the youth – the Durbanville Children’s Home is inviting senior citizens to a concert by the children on June 16.

“Most of our 144 children do not have the support or encouragement from their families. We have therefore arranged a concert where they can showcase their talent. We are inviting our senior citizens to play granny and grandpa to our children on 16 June. It means a lot for our children’s self-esteem to perform in front of an appreciative audience and also give back to the community that supports them,” says Johanna Strauss, Manager: Marketing and Fundraising of the Durbanville Children’s Home.

According to Johanna, 70% of the children were sexually abused. The children in the home come from extremely poor backgrounds where most of the adults are unemployed and/or addicted to alcohol or drugs, and there is a high rate of family violence and abuse. “Due to the aforementioned, all our children were exposed to one or more traumatic incident. Others are affected or infected with HIV/Aids or come from child-headed families,” continues Johanna.

She asserts that the home only receives a third of its budget from government and without the help of caring individuals and business, they will have to close their doors. In spite of the way things are, she still believes that there is hope for the youth. She believes in the blessings of giving and yes, she believes in love!

“Love does exist! This is clearly demonstrated if you see the devastation of children - like ours - living without it. Our children need closeness. If only you could see how their faces lift up when they receive a hug; you would know that love can really change a life. Finally, we appreciate that Wedding Anthem cares enough to want to make a difference in the lives of children in need,” concludes Johanna.

Get involved! Make a difference at the concert, donate or simply find out how you can get involved by contacting Johanna Strauss on +27[0]21 975 6822 and/or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also register online and get more information at www.durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za.

Durbanville Children’s Home is a Non-Profit Organisation that has been in existence 129 years (this makes it one of the oldest Children’s Homes in South Africa)! It is situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. The havens intake of children falls within a 20 km radius of Durbanville, which includes farms, informal settlements, squatter camps and towns.

Photo courtesy of www.durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za.

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