Women and children

The humaneness of any society is measured on how they treat the most vulnerable … this is often said, but the evidence is that it’s not felt.

Gender based violence is rife and impoverished women and children are often the statistics that we read about.

Because healthy women and children are the linchpin for healthy and thriving societies, investing in the health of women and children is vital.

We at Kindness Corporation have taken on the challenge in our unique way, no grand gestures, no big campaigns, just day to day when cases arise, and we’ve been called on to help, we do.

The humaneness of any society is measured on how they treat the most vulnerable … this is often said, but the evidence is that it’s not felt.

Gender based violence is rife and impoverished women and children are often the statistics that we read about.

Because healthy women and children are the linchpin for healthy and thriving societies, investing in the health of women and children is vital.

We at Kindness Corporation have taken on the challenge in our unique way, no grand gestures, no big campaigns, just day to day when cases arise, and we’ve been called on to help, we do.

The passion for this area of our work is evident, when a case is reported by the social workers, everyone rises to the challenge and we make a difference. We host an annual women’s day event and it’s celebrated by sharing experiences, learning something new and celebrating the strength we find in one another.


 

This is not classed a fundraising opportunity at all, it’s a “let’s share our experiences” day. Our seniors are offered an opportunity to sell their wares, our youth programme young ladies attend free of charge and our art facilitator showcases his talent.

It’s our investment into the communities we serve. Taking care of infants and young children touches the hearts of many and Kindness Corporation supports the social workers with their challenges here as well.

When Moms have multiples and battle to make their child grants stretch that far, we offer assistance with formula, cereals, clothing and sometimes Moms need help too. Negotiating special prices and putting together nappy drives and used baby clothes collections, we try our best.

Our standard quote is … “we don’t dump, we donate”.

Everything we do, is done in Kindness.

Ratang Bana​

Our Women and Children programme headed by Disemelo Leshivha our Treasurer, hosted an event at Ratang Bana, which means “for the love of children”. This rather unique NGO is situated in Alexandra, Johannesburg. It was founded by Ingrid Maredi, and this earth angel tells her story of abuse, contracting HIV, rescue by the Hoffmeyer family, acceptance, and ultimately fulfilling a dream.

Our Board member Rosemary Mvulane has close ties with Ingrid and we grew to know her only recently. Ratang Bana has a host of sad and heartrending cases, but as sometimes happens when a committed group of people decide things can be better, these cases are lovingly dealt with by a highly organised group of social workers and auxiliary community workers. Careful records are kept, and the entire nuclear family is supported as a unit, resulting in the preservation of the family unit being the primary focus. As opposed to the dusty, littered streets of Alex, Ratang Bana is pristine. Well-kept container offices, veggie gardens, grapevines and a playground; this is a safe haven for children in the township who want to do their homework and play in a safe environment.

There is a fully equipped computer room with sponsored data for children for educational purposes. A “chomma” container is an interesting addition. This unit also has computers where children and young adults can share their troubles and challenges into a programme anonymously and a reply/advice is given from a specialist in their area of need. A safe reliable mentoring opportunity has been created. Where the services of a social worker is required, the programme alerts Ingrid and immediate action can be taken.

Ratang Bana does not have a begging bowl mentality at all; they are hard workers who make things happen for themselves. They have recently received a mobile kitchen and kilns for baking bread for the community and this project will create substantial relief for the poor in the area. They are looking to attract sponsors from churches and corporate sponsors to be able to run the bakery and provide employment to a few bakers from the community.

A passionate group of people work here and this strongly resonates with our mission of providing aid and relief to those who need it most. They are transparent, honest and have not been side tracked from their goal to create a safe haven for vulnerable children.

We at Kindness Corporation also believe in the magic of the festive season and when an opportunity came up for us to make a difference in our own “Win Win” way, we actioned it. We have very special ladies who were our emergency fabric mask seamstresses during the initial national Lockdown period. These ladies are unemployed and we negotiated a basic rate to make up our charity dress collection. Then our generous donors came onboard who sponsored dresses for the children. 15 gorgeous little dresses were sponsored.

On top of that, one of our donors, Ecotech, sponsored a cupcake party for them. When we approached our preferred caterer Jeffrey Mtsweni – JVM Catering, we witnessed how our donation was blessed by what we could get for our budget! Talk about value add and the magic of kindness!

Reconciliation Day, 16th December 2020 arrived and a few our Board members arrived at Ratang Bana setting up the space for the little princesses due to arrive. And all of them aged between 12 months and 6 years, took up their seats and were handed their dresses. Nothing says Princess quite like a tiara, so these accessories completed their attire. For one day they were beautiful princesses waited on hand and foot, feasting on cupcakes and love.

The gallery of children filled up as rumour of the occasion spread. Thankfully, Kindness Corporation understands how things work in the community and had brought along additional supplies. What moved us most is the address Ingrid gave to the children, about celebrating the occasion with the 15 girls and not being jealous of what they had received. Valuable lessons taught by this special woman. We were humbled by the response of the children. All too soon the morning came to an end and we left Ratang Bana with mixed feelings; happy we could make the a difference but sad we couldn’t do more. After the tough year we have had and are still having, it is only a blessing that we can have a few moments of joy with the little ones who will be our future, and the carers who sacrifice so much to make a difference in our communities.

We joined forces and did it all with kindness, the selfless support of our generous sponsors, and for the love of the children.

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