When six-year-old twin sisters Londeka and Londiwe arrived at SOS Children’s Villages in 2004, they had a look on their young faces that I see so often.
It’s a look of confusion, and anxiety.
But fortunately, we know just how to replace the fear in a child’s heart with cheer. That’s why we’re hoping that you’ll click here now to send your special gift to children arriving at our villages for the first time. We’ll use your donation to give our new arrivals a Comfort Pack: a backpack filled with clothes, toiletries, a soft blanket and a cuddly toy.
Like many of the children who find refuge at SOS, Londiwe and Londeka had left their home with little more than the clothes on their backs. They’d lived with their granny since they were three months old, when their mother passed away. But their granny wasn’t coping and we were worried about their safety. And thanks to donors like you, we could offer Londeka and Londiwe a safe and loving home at SOS Pietermaritzburg.
When they arrived at their new home, they were visibly nervous and scared. But that changed the instant their housemother Thelma wrapped them in her arms and handed them a soft teddy, new clothes and their Comfort Packs. Thelma’s loving embrace and thoughtful gifts made the girls feel safe right away.
And your gift of a Comfort Pack – made by clicking here – will have the same impact: It’ll greet children at the door, make them feel loved . . . and help them settle into their new homes.
The girls formed a close bond with Thelma and their SOS siblings and the next 11 years were filled with happiness and peacefulness. When they were in Grade 10 circumstances at home were much better and the girls moved back to their family and community. Thanks to the love and support of the SOS family and kind people like you, Londiwe and Londeka have blossomed into happy young ladies who are chasing their dreams. They’re enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, studying drama and political science. They received sponsorship from SOS and their studies are funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
That’s why we’re hoping we can count on you to click here to make your donation – to offer another child a Comfort Pack and a fresh start in life.
Because while the girls have left their SOS home, the comfort and love they felt while they were with us will stay with them for life.