A Mitchell’s Plain mother worries about her grandson’s future. She and her husband look after him because both of his parents have become addicted to drugs.
The woman, who refused to be named, to protect the identity and safety of her grandson, said that they had been from pillar to post in their efforts to give their grandson a good education, teach him discipline and raise him.
She shared her story at the launch of Eden Community Outreach, a newly established non-profit organisation
Founder of the organisation Berenice Roman, a community worker and counsellor from Eastridge, said while they did not have all of the answers for the grandmother they hoped to grow the organisation to be able to help more children and their families.
The group of volunteers aim to first help pupils at Yellowwood Primary School in Tafelsig, where they are based, before branching beyond the school’s walls.
“We strive to help others. To help people restore themselves and finding their purpose in life, seeking out their true potential,” she said.
They hope to encourage those seeking their help to dream big and to break the chains of inequity and inequality.
The organisation has a drilling programme at the Tafelsig school which, she said, “aims to instil values such as discipline and respect, while cultivating leadership skills and enhancing one’s capacity to learn.”
For more information or to make a donation to the organisation,a call Ms Roman at 083 765 7671.