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Marquard Child and Youth Care Centre

The first six residents moved into the new Marquard Child and Youth Care Centre on Friday, 15 August 2008. This centre is the 32nd decentralised centre (children's home) of Free State Youth Care Centes. The centre cares for needy children from the communities of Marquard and Moemaneng. It is located at 9 Jakob Makoelle Street, and has space for 16 children.

The building was donated by Christen Bedieninge, and was renovated with funds from Christen Bedieninge, NG Welsyn and the community. Donations of furniture and equipment came from several churches, community groups, the Volksblad Kersfonds and individuals.

Mr Pule Ramokoma has been appointed as the child care worker. Me. Merriam Xaba was appointed in a 3/5 childcare worker's post in 2010. She is also the relief child care worker. The community offers aid and support in all matters. The centre also offers members of the community of Marquard the opportunity to work together in order to help the children. Members of the community assist with food preparation as well as obtaining clothes for the children. 
The chairperson of the management team is Mr Lourie van der Merwe and the secretary is Me. Blanche Keyter. People who are interested in becoming involved, may contact Mr Pule Ramokoma at 083 881 1226 or the social worker, Mrs Elizabeth Marais, 073 612 3590.

The new residents are all younger than 12 years old. Each child received a toy from the management team on admittance - for many of them it was their first toy. The girls immediately started to care for their dolls. Building material left over from the renovation was turned into a doll house. The centre has a lot of space outside where the children enjoy playing soccer and climbing the jungle gym.

Chairperson: Lourie van der Merwe, Tel.: 083 305 0754

Vice-chairperson: Johan Hofmeyr, Tel.: 073 157 1955

Secretary: Blanche Keyter, 083 391 8259
Chair person Finance Committee: Johan Hofmeyer, 073 157 1955
Chair person Child Care Committe: Blanche Keyter, 083 591 8259  

This centre received financial support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). During 2010 the centre could buy a refrigerator, washing machine and vehicle with funds received from the NLDTF. Changes to the building were also done with the funds in order to make it more comfortable for the children. The NLDTF also financed school clothes and stationery for every child.

This financial support is an encouragement to the management and community seeing that the need in the community becomes bigger and bigger.

Visit the National Lotteries Board website to find out about other projects supported by the NLDTF