A friendly hello to everyone who reads this.
Our Children and Youth Care Centre in Bloemfontein has 10 houses: six for boys and four for girls. Our house is known as Doep House. It consists of 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, pantry, lounge/dining room and laundry room. We provide a home and caring for 10 girls, aged from 4 to 12 years.
My name is Annatjie and I am the child care worker. I enjoy my work, because I love children. I try to make a difference in their lives. We laugh, cry and play together and we care about each other.
The girls attend several schools in Bloemfontein. They are all very pleased with the schools they attend.
Various activities, like swimming, soccer, pool and Aikido are also available at Our Children and Youth Care Centre. On Friday evenings they gather at the Centre's coffee shop. Some of the girls do court dancing. We are supported by the Dutch Reformed Church congregations of Heuwelkruin, Onze Rust, Andrew Murry and Pellisier. The girls have two Play Houses, which they enjoy alot.The congregations supports us in various ways, painting of the house, new kitchen cupboards etc. We also have a Dutch community worker which will be with us for 6 months! We try and support each child with the basic needs that they can believe in themselfs, and ensure to do things for themself in the future.
At the moment we have an exchange student from Germany volunteering at our house. The children love it when she tells them about Germany.
As far as possible we try to provide in all the basic needs of the children, so that they can be empowered to believe in and to take care of themselves.