Since 2006, the TCD Trust sponsors a braai on Christmas day for all the children at Buphumelele Children’s Home in Khayalitcha. To get these children all together with this special braai, it will give the children a real Christmas feeling! This year, Charmaine Beukes from White Shark Projects joined the braai and helped the teachers to give these children a lovely day. Below you find her experience of this day and some nice pictures.
‘Christmas Cheer at Baphumelele Children’s Home’
While people all over the world celebrate Christmas for different reasons and in various ways, the main theme behind this day is families being together, a bit of extravagance (sometimes more) and a sense of enjoyment of the year that passed. At Baphumelele Children’s Home the anticipation was exactly the same! And some miracle workers made it possible for the 65 children that were spending their holidays here to have exactly that! All dressed up and almost squeaky clean, the anticipation in the air was feverish as the smell of the braai filled our nostrils! Promise was in the air! The girls were singing and dancing, expressing their excitement and joy, the boys were helping with the fire, and the little ones, for them time was just passing too slowly!
Dedicated helpers dished up plate upon plate of delicious food, with more than enough for second helpings! Then more treats followed, cup cakes, ice cream and even a present for each child. One little boy remarked that he is so happy he could just fall asleep another said he doesn’t think he’d ever be able to eat again!
Sometimes in life it is hard to make a difference, but sometimes we probably don’t realise how big a difference the little contribution we make can go. Some of us, like Mama Rosie, (I forgot the name of that lovely social worker now) and their team of volunteers dedicated their Christmas to these children, their reward the happy, contended faces of the children. Others make days and moments like these possible with their contributions. Like the saying goes, it takes all kinds of people to make the world a happier place.
Thank you Charmaine Beukes, for spending your Christmas day with these children!