Even though she’s almost 14 years old, Gracie* has never been on holiday. Not once. Ever.
Before she came to us, she used to dread the school holidays. Because they meant more time at home … often all alone without much food. Or worse, trying to stay safe when the adults around her can’t protect her.
That’s why we’re really hoping to give her – and 29 other children who won’t be going home for Christmas – five days at summer holiday camp next month.
Imagine the fun of getting on the bus – the excited chatter and singing as you head out into the countryside. Then, arriving at the campsite … choosing your bunk, and exploring the trails, river and obstacle course. Joining in the activities … being part of a team and forging new friendships. Telling scary stories and toasting marshmallows around the campfire at night.
We can’t wait for Gracie to experience all this for the first time!
Not only because it’s fun. But because these adventure camps go a long way towards helping children recover from the abuse and neglect they experienced in the past. At camp, they learn to believe in themselves and trust others … and discover that the world is full of magical things and endless possibilities.
It’s like pressing a ‘reset’ button and going back to what childhood should be – a carefree time of fun and laughter, learning and discovery. And we’re counting on caring people like you to help make it possible.
Because, at around R1 500 per child for five days’ holiday, we can’t afford it without help from others who care about abused and neglected kids.
If your heart is touched by children who’ve never had attentive, loving parents to encourage them, praise them, and help them develop into happy, self confident youngsters, please say, ‘YES’.
Times are tough, we know. You may not even be planning a holiday for your own family this year. Yet, we still pray that you may be able to spare something. Because your kindness really does make all the difference.
We don’t expect you to donate the full R1 500 to sponsor one child (although it would be wonderful if you could!) But just R300 pays for one day at holiday camp. And R900 pays for a three-day holiday*.
Any amount you can spare will help. Added to donations from other caring friends, it means we can send another boy or girl off to camp.
So please say, ‘yes’, by making your donation online right away.
* If we aren’t able to raise the full amount to send all 30 children off to camp for five days, we’ll cut the holiday down to three days, so we don’t disappoint any of the children. Names changed to protect identity.
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