THABAZIMBI – House and hearts were opened during the Thabang Open Day on Friday 20 May at the Child and Youth Care Centre on the Rustenburg Road.
There was fun for everybody, especially the young, with the Marimba band providing music for most of the time. Some danced along, some were playing on jumping castles, children played netball, faces were painted and a clown provided entertainment.
What touched the heart most, though, was seeing Thabang through the children’s eyes. For the most part of the Open Day, the children did the talking.
During a short presentation the children and staff of Thabang also provided entertainment with dances and singing items, through which they related what was all in a day’s work.
During a short formal presentation four of the older children recounted their respective histories. Matter-of-factly they told their stories. How parents and grand parents got sick and died and the children were left destitute, of abuse and lastly reconnecting with their families. Thabang sheltered them all, and made it possible for them to be children once again. One of the older boys, who left Thabang at the end of last year, was the first to enter Thabang’s Youth Integration Programme.
Manager Cecil White explained more about the ‘Youth Integration Programme’. He put the audience in the shoes of the youngsters who left Thabang after a certain age. He explained why it is hard for children from certain backgrounds to fit into a life ‘outside’ to work and stick to the challenges of daily living.
Thabang has recently started this programme through which school leavers can either work at Thabang or Thabang related institutions where they can be gradually taught, in a secure environment, how to maintain a job and take responsibility for their own lives.
After the presentation drinks and snacks were enjoyed. The Open Day was attended by many institutions and individuals who have a connection with Thabang.