The Tarbiyatul Aytaam is a child care Foundation which serves as a home for the disadvantaged. It helps and protect children suffering from the perils of domestic violence within the community. The foundation is located in the suburb of Robertsham on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
The Youth wing of the World Memon Organistion Africa Chapter identified the urgent need for bedding, diapers and basic medication to assist the foundation which caters to 18 children. Layla is a caring mother who heads the home and a steadfast supporter of children suffering from autism. The facility cares for children with special needs and those unfortunate few who have been abandoned by their families. The youngest was a 7 month old, the bundle of joy was abandoned at the gate of the home just hours after delivery.
The home was in desperate need for beddings, the children had an acute shortage of pillows whilst the sheets were in tatters. The home was in a dilapidated condition with the girls room on the higher floor having a broken ceiling which exposed them to the brutal winters. There was a compelling need for blankets too.
The World Memon Organistion Africa Chapter opened their hearts and purse strings to provide warm comforters for the beds. Pampers, diapers, child dental products and basic medication were delivered. The little children were asleep when we arrived so we left behind goodies, chocolate cupcakes, yoghurts, crisps and milkshakes for each child, along with a party paper plate to add a bit of celebration and colour to their lives. Some puzzles, colouring books, crayons and story books were also included so that they could revisit their childhood once again.
Pillows and sheets were delivered the next day. There was palpable excitement in the corridors of the home. The girls were up early at Fajr, cleaning out their rooms and re-arranging everything. They were excited about their new pillows and beddings. The boys were equally thrilled but they had to wait as their rooms were in the process of getting painted. A small celebratory party was organised at Iftar. “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving,” states Dr. Taheera Hassim.
Truer words were never spoken.