The Barker team received the children’s names and other relevant details, and put together a ‘Barker’s Box of Joy’ for each child, that included educational items, clothing, and a few other special gifts.
With our very own Barker Santa helpers in tow, we ventured off to Thandanani where we set up a Christmas party. Excitement filled the air as each child received their gift with joy and appreciation and shared a photo with Santa. What we gained from this experience however, was more than we could’ve imagined. The house, was a home – a real family, where each child was greeted with a hug by the House Mother as they arrived from school. Thandanani means ‘love one another’, and that is exactly the atmosphere and culture that exists at this home.
The house is well run, however, as Meryl explained, they do have their battles from plumbing issues, electricity and general building upgrades and maintenance, sponsorships for schooling, transport, to having to rely heavily on donations and assistance for food and clothing, school uniforms, stationary packs and goods for day to day living. If anyone would like to make a donation, please see link below: https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/thandananihouseofrefuge
Tintinger also explained that quality time is a gift that is priceless, so if you would like to simply pay a visit and perhaps spend some time with the children that is appreciated just as much.
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We received this wonderful letter of thanks:
This was a humbling experience. Barker’s sincere gratitude goes to Meryl and the special House Mothers Claudia, Martha and Jabu for their commitment to each child, and to the members of the Barker’s Team for your generosity.