On Saturday 11th April 2015, one of our employees volunteered at a Children’s’ Fun Day outing organised by Oliver’s House, a non-profit organisation supported by Virgin Money South Africa.
Oliver’s House was founded in April 2001, and operates as a non-profit organisation from Benoni on the East Rand.
They started out running a soup kitchen in the Benoni CBD, and in August of the same year, they formed a “partnership” with Nomthandazo Children’s Care Centre who are based in the Zenzele informal settlement in Daveyton.
In 2004 they opened an adult education and computer training centre at their offices. In 2006 they took the first step towards creating a socially self-sustaining project (Oliver’s Village) and purchased 11 acres of property in Putfontein, next to the Zenzele informal settlement.
Today they manage five social projects:
- Nomthandazo Children’s Care Centre – situated in the Zenzele informal settlement
- Educational Learning Centre – at their offices in Benoni
- Computer Training Centre – at their offices Benoni
- Zenzele Community Development Project – situated in the Zenzele informal settlement
- Oliver’s Village – in Malherbe Street, Putfontein
On Saturday the 11th of April, approximately 160 pre-primary school children were brought to the Bokkie Park in Boksburg by bus from the informal settlement where they live. On arrival, each child received a marshmallow Easter egg and a drinking yoghurt. Then off they went to play on the huge, colourful jumping castle – most of them for the first time in their lives.
Meantime the volunteers were hard at work preparing hot dogs and coldrinks for the children. At mid-morning the children all re-assembled in the lapa and entertained us all with their enthusiastic singing and actions.
When they finished their meal, they went with their care givers to take part in the wide variety of activities available at the park. Weather-wise, it was a perfect day, and the children had the freedom to explore and enjoy fun activities which they don’t usually have access to. These included the jumping castle, swings, see-saws, roundabouts, pony rides, and even a camel.
At the end of the day, they were refreshed with more coldrink, and each received a sweetie pack to take back home with them.
It is heart-warming to be able to support the wonderful work being done by Oliver’s House, and to have the opportunity to actively engage with the organisation and their beneficiaries on special days such as these.
More about Oliver's House:Visit their website
Telephone 011 748 6500