October 2018

ALZENA GOMES, public relations officer, Grain SA

Grain SA’s NAMPO personnel undertook to give the Nala Ratabilê Children’s home an overhaul, as part of celebrating Mandela’s 100th birthday. Following a visit to establish the needs, the team vowed to do as much as possible, with paint, scrubbing and fulfilling the need for basic linen, cutlery and crockery high on the list of priorities.

Approaching several organisations and donators, everyone pitched in to make this change a reality, and we wish to thank the following partners for their kind donations: Paint (Monsanto); ceiling paint, paint accessories, tape and thinners (Senwes); marking, repair and replacement of lights and wall plugs that were out of order (Bothaville Electrical); door locks and handles (Balkin); silicone and brackets (Piet Lindeque); and sugar soap (Spar). Grain SA donated inners, pillows, bedding, cleaning materials, towels, curtains and, in addition, obtained more linen and curtain accessories through private donations.

Casual workers from NAMPO volunteered to help with this project for an entire week and we wish to thank Manana Bosiu, Emily Makatelle, Virginia Makatelle, Alina Makatelle, Anna Mokone, Ali Speelman, Charles Motholi and Enest Tjabane for their precious time. Furthermore, NAMPO personnel, Xolile Speelman, Isaac Mpitso, Thomas Mohapi drilled and fixed all items and painted jungle gyms and fences. Under the leadership of the NAMPO team, consisting of Bennie Zaayman, Annemarie de Beer, Marina Kleynhans, Rialeen Lombard and Wim Venter, this well-oiled machine made magic happen in a short space of time.

Providing a home for twelve boys ranging from ten to 19 years and twelve girls ranging from three to 21 years, the Nala Ratabilê Children’s home is now somewhat better equipped to offer a safe haven for these youngsters. Furthermore, it made every individual involved in the project realise that everyone can make a difference. It does not have to be monetary, but time – which we receive from our Heavenly Father equally every day – can be used to share with others, and make a difference.

Publication: October 2018

Section: Grain SA