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Khazimula’s (a home to 30 vulnerable children aged between 6 and 19, based in Lidgetton KZN Midlands) thirty children received gift bags of winter pyjamas and chocolates from Pep Stores Howick recently.

The PEP Dynamos who gifted the Khazimula children with pj’s for winter, and chocolate treats

At an event hosted at Khazimula in Lidgetton, the Pep team, known as PEP Dynamo’s thanked
Khazimula for the opportunity “to reach out to the community in this way, our staff are people who care enough to give up their time.” The team said further that “Safety, comfort and love is important. While we can’t reach out to all of our vulnerable children, where PEP can we will be at the forefront of this”.

I am happy and excited because PEP gave us some new warm pyjamas” said one of the 13 year boys. Another teenage girl, thanked PEP for their help, “Thanks for everything PEP has done for us – Thank you for the pyjamas and chocolates!”. All of the children were visibly excited with their gift bags and put all their energy into staging a musical concert for everyone. This included the wonderful voices of the choir, to the masterful, self-taught gum-boot dance routine. The concert ended with the most amazing Marimba session and rendition of the fifties hit “the Lion sleeps tonight” that got everyone moving to the beats of the Marimba!

The oldest Khazimula child gave the Vote of Thanks to PEP and all the children sang happy birthday to Khazimula Principal and founding member, Rev. Mvuyo Ndenze and to Khazimula Board Member Charles Paul.

Khazimula Children get PEP Pj’s (supplied)

Khazimula is home to 30 vulnerable girls and boys between the ages of 6 -19.  According to the Thandanani Children’s Foundation, 37 % of Children in KwaZulu-Natal live in households where no adults are employed; 19 % live in households where there is child hunger due to the lack of regular meals; 21% have been orphaned, and 4.2% of Children are HIV positive.

Acting Khazimula Board chairperson Lorraine Yoko highlighted the importance of “giving each child a safe space where they are nurtured to have a sense of freedom to express themselves without fear” Ms Yoko said that “the Board and Exco are doing their best with the limited resources available to provide the children in Khazimula’s care with a secure, safe environment to grow and develop their potential. Assistance from companies and corporates like Pep Stores is always deeply appreciated. Khazimula has a long wish list – in addition to general maintenance items like painting – some of the areas they require assistance with are extra lessons in literacy, English and Maths, help with the Khazimula vegetable garden – levelling and advice, assistance with the starting of a recycling programme, funding of excursions/outings for the children, dvds for the children to watch, linen, clothing, instruction and kit for the soccer team, arts & crafts items, curtaining for the 3 dormitories, outdoor tables and chairs etc. Volunteers are always welcome!”

Contact: Lorraine Yoko – 082 672 9105


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