It has become so bad that most of prayers said begin with requests instead of giving thanks for all our blessings. A visit to those less fortunate made one realise just how fortunate we are.
On 8 October 2010 a group of Thuthuka students of the University of Pretoria travelled to Leamogetswe Safety Home in Atteridgeville in Pretoria. Leamogetswe is home to 50 homeless children, some of whom are abandoned and abused. The home also feed another 15 children daily. The house was founded by the director, Matlakala Makhubela, and is run with the assistance of 15 volunteers. The visit was initiated by the 2010 Thuthuka 4DEF committee in order to deliver food and clothing that was donated by Thuthuka students and staff of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.
On arrival, the students spent time with the children, motivating and making them smile and was amazed by the amount of ambition, drive and appreciation these children showed. There were also some humorous and memorable moments. One of the Thuthuka students had a very interesting conversation with a 4 year old girl, who confessed she wanted to be Superman when she grows up. The primary school children took us about ten years back. We remembered and played the old classics such as “Nature gives us Energy” and “Mmathapelo”. I actually think the Thuthuka students had bigger smiles on their faces than the children. The male students also played soccer and cricket with the boys only for the students to look like they had just run a marathon, - so the tournament was pretty hectic.
The Thuthuka students had a lot of fun with the children. The children on the other hand, motivated the students by inspiring them to go out and grab opportunities and achieve goals and not to use situations as an excuse. According to the Thuthuka students, the visit was “awesome” and they are looking forward to the next visit.