HfC ten years old

This year, Hart voor Kinderen/Heart for Children has been in existence for 10 years. You are welcome to visit the website of Hart voor Kinderen to see the extent to which the lives of children have been touched at http://hartvoorkinderen.nl  One story stands out for me, the story of “Eddy”, an abandoned child whose life has been changed through the love of new parents. His story is but one of thousands of abandoned children.

Without the support of our donors, we will not be able to assist in changing the lives of abandoned/orphaned children. We therefore extend our sincerest gratitude to all our donors that support HfC on a monthly basis. We also receive once-off donations from several donors, for which we are just as grateful. However, we implore on you to consider donating to HfC on a monthly basis. With a steady monthly income, HfC will be able to support additional homes on a monthly basis.

Looking for merciful Samaritans

Guest post by Louis Pool (translated from Dutch to English).
I had always thought that to take care of each other, especially taking care of those who have a lot less than we do or who experience poverty due to fleeing from war or perhaps due to suffering some kind of injustice, was a command coming mostly coming from the New Testament. The other day, when I read the Poverty and Justice bible, I was surprised by the thoughts about the same subject also communicated in the Old Testament; e.g. reading from Deut. 24:14, many ages before Christ. Moses specifically called on his people to take care of the poor. Special mention is made of the needy, the foreigners and the widows. Note Deut. 24:19: ‘When you are harvesting in your field, and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands’ .

What Moses really says is let part of your harvest [income] go to the poor, and in doing so: you won’t even miss whatever you leave aside for the poor, because God will be good for you. This is a principle of mutual advantage that goes back many millennia.

I have always been intrigued by Jesus’ story of the merciful Samaritan. For a long time, I always thought that our neighbour must be the person who is sick, or who is hungry, or who has been wounded and who might die; and that it is our duty to care for our neighbour. But looking carefully at the story, note that Jesus points to the Samaritan as being the neighbour. He was the only one who cared for the person who was robbed and left for dead at the side of the road. Looking at it this way, I had to ask myself the question: For whom can I be the merciful Samaritan? For whom can I be a neighbour?

For the past ten years, we [Heart for Children] felt compelled to help orphaned, vulnerable and/or abandoned children in the poorer parts of the world. In fact, we helped hundreds of them. These are mostly children whose circumstances in life without any assistance are extremely difficult. Thanks to the regular support from Heart for Children we were able to give some children a chance to a better life.

This Christmas, we want to give thanks to all the Samaritans of Heart for Children who have a heart for the abandoned and orphaned children in the world!

Latest addition to HfC

We are very excited about the addition of “Share Tears and Grow” to the homes that HfC are supporting. “Share Tears and Grow” is a place of safety situated in Nellmapius, Pretoria. The place of safety was established by Jochie, a wonderful woman with a heart for abandoned children. The history of the children placed in the care of Jochie, touches one’s heart. Most of the children have been placed at “Share Tears and Grow” since them being babies or toddlers. One of the children currently in Jochie’s care, was found under a bush when the child was only one day old. Another boy was brought to the house when he was a toddler, the mother indicated that she could not look after the child, whereafter she simply left. One little girl has special needs and goes to a special school. Apart from receiving social grants for some of the children and limited support from HCC, Jochie is supporting the children at her own expense. With the support of HfC, the house will be able to meet some of the financial expenditure for the children.

HfC will not be able to support places such as Share Tears and Grow without the support of donors. Your support is desperately needed.

Donations to RCH

Donations to RCH

We are pleased to inform our donors that we received almost R26 000 (including R5000 received from the “MyMostBeautiful” competition) which enabled RCH to buy 2 top loader washing machines, 2 tumble dryers, 2 electric stoves, 2 micro wave ovens, and 1 fridge! Thank you for your support!!

We also received a donation of clothes for RCH, which are highly appreciated!

Your continued support assists Heart for Children to provide assistance to organisations such as RCH to care for orphaned and abandoned children.

RCH

We have reported previously that we are requesting donations for the procurement of washing machines and fridges for Rehoboth Children’s Home (RCH) near Port Shepstone, They take care of about 80 children of which 75% are HIV positive. These are usually the type of children that nobody really wants, not even for adoption….. RCH have reported that all their appliances are old and worn out. Thus far we have received donations and pledges of about R20 000. Although this will go along way, we need at least another R5 000. Your generous donations will assist greatly. We have planned a visit to RCH during the first week of September and would love to give them R25 000 for this purpose. If you donate, please indicate Rehoboth in the reference line as well as your name and surname. Our bank details are: Heart for Children, FNB Cheque acc. no 6221 5969 116 (code 250655).