As the cold winter chill bites, it becomes a sad reality for children at the Victory Orphan and Destitute Village in Sebina to know that unless their ‘new parents’ get funds to buy them warm clothes or at least some good Samaritans donate, they will have nothing to protect themselves with from the harsh cold.
It is thus against this background that Village authorities are appealing for help so they can clothe and feed at least 60 children who are under their care.
Making the appeal, one the village’s board members, Witness Taziba said they were finding it hard to provide food and clothing for the orphans and destitute children as were surviving on donors and well wishers.
“We are in the middle of the winter season and the children have no warm clothes to put on because we don’t have money to buy such clothes,’’ he said.
According to Taziba Victory Orphan and Destitute Village was established after an observation made on the type of life being led by the children who were accepted by relevant government programmes under Social and Community Development.
The children’s homesteads were visited and it was discovered that some of the children were heads of homesteads whose parents’ whereabouts could not be established.
It was also discovered that some of the children were under the custody of either physically or mentally handicapped guardians who had no means to fend for them.
“It is our sincere hope that our plea will not fall on deaf ears. We are really desperate to give the kids a decent life,’’ he said adding that the Centre is meant to give the vulnerable children a peace of mind as their second home which will see their life changing for the better if they can the required assistance.
The Centre, built on a plot donated by one of the board members, was formally registered in 2008. It caters for orphans and vulnerable children from Sebina, Nshakashogwe and Marobela in the central district.