Christmas is a time for exchanging gifts, sharing and enjoying family time together and remember all the good things people have encountered during the year. People, and especially children, also like Christmas as it is a time when you give and receive presents. However for most of the children staying in Townships this has not been the reality, for them Christmas is a time when their lives are at risk due to the alarming rates of crime and drug abuse by their parents/ guardians, youth, and the community at large. The definition of Christmas for them is totally different, it is a time when you should concern about your safety and security.
Following these harsh realities, on the 8th December,
Africa Unite Singhamakalipha Children’s Program hosted a Christmas party with over 150 children at the Gugulethu Sport Complex.
Singamakalipha is a program that provides holistic, psychosocial support, to vulnerable children in Nyanga, Europe informal settlements and Gugulethu townships in Cape Town, with the intention of developing their confidence and their ability to hope, dream and empowers them in life. The party was also attended by orphans and vulnerable children from Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu.
The purpose of this day was to remind all the children who are part of this program the essence of Christmas and also to inform them on how they can stay safe during the festive season.
Various activities for portraying the importance of sharing were lined up for the day, such as poetry, drama, dance and music by the children. The major highlight of the day was the introduction of Santa Claus who came and gave the children sweets and small goody bags which
brought a great smile and joy on their faces.
Africa Unite would like to give a special thanks to Bellville Wholesales and Onet Solutions for their kind donations to the children.
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