Last week I had a massive wake up call.
Up until then, I used to think that daily life in my world was tough and a big struggle trying to juggle my busy schedule. I honestly feel like giving that Hayley from last week, a big old slap.
After I visited the Red Cross Hospital, my perspective has really been shifted and I am honestly so very thankful for every little thing in my life right now – even Aidan and Alyssa’s worst tantrum!
For many children in South Africa, life is tough. And when I say tough, I mean they have to live in an environment of persasive violence. This violence alters the very fabric of their childhood.
The Child Protection Office at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital sees an average of 40 to 50 cases child abuse every single month. That’s close to (or in many cases over) 600 cases a year. 600 stories of empty childhoods.
I cannot tell you how my heart sunk as I heard the cries of those children who were in pain and suffering.
Why would anyone want to hurt a child?
Why would they put their own selfish needs before their own?
That I can’t answer and I’m sure there are deep underlying issues and circumstances that contribute to those horrific actions. But still, it’s hard for me to fathom.
During the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, I’m asking for your help….
What would you give to end a child’s suffering?
In cases of extreme abuse and neglect, children are removed from their homes and relocated to places of safety. Very often, these children leave with just the clothes on their back. The Red Cross Child Protection office creates packs for children in situations like these. The packs are age-dependent and include things like hygiene products, toys, and snacks. The festive season usually brings with it a critical shortage in the number of packs that the office is able to supply.
The packs are age-dependent and include things like hygiene products, toys, and snacks. The festive season usually brings with it a critical shortage in the number of packs and the children seriously need help from those of us who can afford to help.
Can you help?
If you are able to help by donating any of the goods listed above, please get in contact with me directly or you can drop off at the Child Protection Office in Cape Town.
Or if you’d like to make a donation to the cause, please visit the Childrens Hospital Trust Website