Its Christmas time again…. … and we need your help ! This year Helping Angels will be hosting a Christmas party for Colleen’s Place of Hope.
When: 17 December 2006 Where: Colleen’s Place of Hope, Mitchell’s Plain Time 11:00 till 16:00 Our aim is to prepare them lunch, give each child a special gift, a snack pack, and give the home as much general supplies as possible. We will have Father Christmas pay them a visit, with plenty of surprises like a jumping castle, face painting,balloon animals and games to bring a smile to their faces. Any contribution you can make to assist will be greatly appreciated.
Kids <ul><li>26 kids currently stay at Colleen’s Place of Hope: </li></ul>If you would like to sponsor a gift for one of the kids please let me know!!!
<ul><li>Aaron: This little boy was picked up on a railway line when he was 3 years old. He was left there by his mother to be killed by an oncoming train. When he was found a few days later he was severely traumatized. </li></ul><ul><li>Ulrich, Natasha & Heinrich: </li></ul><ul><li>These siblings were removed via the legal system from their parents due to alcohol abuse. They were in a state of neglect & the little girl was sexually molested. In the meantime the father has died & the mother has moved back to her family up country. She has totally forgotten that she has three children. </li></ul>History on some of the kids
<ul><li>Lindiwe: </li></ul><ul><li>This girl was picked up in an Ackermann’s store in Mitchell's Plain a couple of hours after birth. Her mother dumped her underneath some clothing in a quiet corner of the shop. She turned one in September this year. </li></ul><ul><li>Nicole & Nicolette: </li></ul><ul><li>They are twins that were HIV positive at birth. They were picked up in a public toilet in Khayelitsha, when they were more or less 3 days old. The umbilical chord was still attached to them. They were very sick initially due to having the virus & landed in hospital with chest infections & colds many times. Today Nicole is completely well & her sister is doing well with the help of anti-retroviral. </li></ul>
Colleen’s General Needs <ul><li>Pots and pans, knives and forks, crockery,teaspoons </li></ul><ul><li>Baby formula (Nan+Pelargon) </li></ul><ul><li>Long life milk for toddlers </li></ul><ul><li>Sugar, coffee,tea, oil </li></ul><ul><li>Pillow cases, blankets, curtains </li></ul><ul><li>Prepaid electricity,prepaid airtime </li></ul><ul><li>Washing powder </li></ul><ul><li>Kettle, iron & ironing board </li></ul><ul><li>Toiletries </li></ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul><ul><li>School socks,pants,shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Pajamas & underwear for girls </li></ul><ul><li>Veggies & tinned foods </li></ul><ul><li>Gift for each child and Colleen </li></ul><ul><li>Chips, lollipops, sweets & for party packs, cake & biscuits, juices </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor for jumping castle </li></ul><ul><li>Balloons, wrapping paper </li></ul>Needs for party
In Order to make their dreams come true we need your help in any contributions possible! Please help us make a difference, and forward this to everyone you know that will be able to help. Please contact us for any further details. Annemi (ext 6647) and Aneshree (ext 6238)
<ul><li>Children thrive in colleen's place of hope </li></ul><ul><li> Cape Argus. March 2003. Republished courtesy of independent newspapers (Pty) ltd </li></ul><ul><li>The tiny girl throws back her braids, strikes a "model" pose with hands on her hips, and yells "go girl", before collapsing in a fit of giggles as she gets a hug from her twin sister. It could be the antics of any pretty little three-year-old, but Nicole's gorgeous smile hides years of pain and suffering as an HIV-positive child who was found abandoned with her twin Nicolette in a Khayelitsha toilet. Her foster mother colleen Naidoo cannot hold back the tears as she celebrates Nicole's third birthday, talking easily between the tears, shrieks and laughter of the 18 children she offers love and care to in her cramped Mitchell's plain home. Naidoo is one of those amazing people who open their hearts to needy children, irrespective of the fact that there isn't enough room for them all in her three-bed roomed council house. </li></ul>News Articles
<ul><li>Her husband Farrel works nightshift "because he's a big man and takes up a lot of space", to free up sleeping space for all the children in their care. Naidoo is an emergency/foster mother who has also adopted a child in addition to having three children of her own. "The house is small and so is the pot, but I can't give up any of these children. They've all got such painful stories. How can I say they must go," Naidoo asks, offering another hug to console a crying child. There is little doubt that the fact that the twins, especially HIV-positive Nicole, are thriving is because of the love and care they get in the Naidoo household. </li></ul><ul><li>Nicole and Nicolette were brought to Naidoo after they were found abandoned in a Khayelitsha toilet at just three weeks of age. Although both twins initially tested HIV positive, later tests showed Nicolette was negative. </li></ul><ul><li>Nicole was not so lucky and Naidoo's tears flow as she recalls the 18 times in the past three years the child has been in hospital. But now she has new hope, with Nicole on anti-retroviral courtesy of a programme at Groote Schuur Hospital. Her doctor Paul Roux, head of Groote Schuur paediatric HIV/AIDS service, says tests two weeks ago showed Nicole's viral load as undetectable. </li></ul><ul><li>Roux says it is not unusual for only one of a pair of twins to become infected, and often it is the baby born first. </li></ul>
Naidoo says she has prayed constantly for Nicole's health, and no one can deny her faith considering the bouncing child posing for the photographer, all smiles with her braids and little pink outfit. But there's no denying either that Naidoo's task cannot be an easy one. "You need to be around here at mealtimes. The house is packed with children and there is never quite enough food to keep everyone happy," she says. The Naidoos' own children are aged 21, 16 and 11, and their adopted daughter is four. There are also five foster children aged 16, six, four, three and five months. And on top of that are the children who are brought in for emergency care. "We support them on my husband's salary and we get grants for some of them. Sometimes we get some money from the courts. I've registered as a non-profit organisation and have sent out letters of appeal but have only got a few responses. "It's tough, but everyone knows I'll never turn any child away even though sometimes I don't know whether I'm coming or going," Naidoo says. She calls her nondescript home Colleen's Place of Hope, and it couldn't better named. Yet this remarkable woman is not prepared to accept any glory. "God gets all the glory, not me. I'm just a channel," she says.