South Africa

Sleep sweetly little ones

Elesha Adams

Volunteers from Aspen’s East London site gathered building and gardening tools, buckets of paint and loads of good intentions as they rolled up their sleeves and headed off to make a difference in the community at the Little Blessings Education Centre in Reeston, Wilsonia.

Some 50 children from this disadvantaged community call this their home during the day – a space where they are safe while their parents are at work, but where they are sleeping on the floor with only a small carpet for warmth and comfort which is hardly sufficient on cold winter’s days. To provide for a more spacious and comfortable environment, we extended the facility, levelled and cemented the floor. A fence was placed around the property and mattresses and blankets were donated to ensure the little ones were warm and slept peacefully. Educational material, books and tables and chairs were also supplied to assist with educational development.

The celebrations on the day included a party for the children as well as a nutritious meal and party packs courtesy of Fedics. The children were extremely grateful for the improvements to their daycare centre including a new sign generously supplied by Harry’s Printers.