Trail run: Make a difference this Christmas!

December 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Durbanville Children’s Home will be hosting a trail run to raise funds for our children’s Christmas party.

Walkers are welcome!

Date: 16 December 2016

Venue: D’aria wine estate

Distance: 5km

Route Description: Undulating course on mostly jeep track. Trail will be marked.

Registration time: 06:00 am (All participants have to register on the day, even if you enter online.)

Start time: 07:00 am

Prize giving: 08:30 am

Cost: R 80 online, R 100 on the day. Enter now by clicking here!

 Medals: Medals to all finishers.

Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female. 1st Boy & Girl.

Lucky draw prizes by sponsors.

Waterpoints: There will be 1 waterpoint.


Durbanville Kinderhuis kry ‘n splinternuwe speelgim geborg deur Cordoba Wines!

November 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

(Afrikaanse teks hieronder / click on each picture for more detail)


On Wednesday the 2nd of November the younger children at Durbanville Children’s Home were treated to a party to celebrate the launch of their new play area and jungle gym which was donated by Cordoba Wines.


Cordoba Wines said in a statement: “We decided to get involved at Durbanville Children’s Home to improve children’s lives and to make a difference in their future and wellbeing. We have a great passion for children and to see them happy really warms our hearts. Just seeing them on the jungle gym was a heartfelt experience; to witness the joy in their eyes. If all we can bring is joy, then we did our part.”


We at Durbanville Children’s Home are very grateful for the donation.


Esmarie van Heerden (director) and Carmen Vermeulen (accountant) represented Cordoba Wines at the party. Here they are at the jungle gym which they had donated.


Op 2 November is die jonger kinders in die Durbanville Kinderhuis verras met ’n partytjie – en dit was alles om die speelgim te vier wat deur Cordoba Wines geskenk is. Daar was koekies en balonne en koeldrank en yslollies, alles om die kinderharte bly te maak.


Een van die jong inwoners het ewe seremonieel gehelp om die lint te knip. Links is Esmarie van Heerden, ’n direkteur van Cordoba Wines.


Carmen Vermeueln, van Cordoba Wines, gesels met ‘n jong inwonertjie.




Little drummer kids!

November 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


We have started a drumming circle for our little ones. Drumming is a great way to improve a child’s hand-eye coordination, intelligence and self-confidence.

Their first performance was at our AGM in September, which was a huge treat!

Performing in front of a crowd is a huge accomplishment for them as they come from environments that did not encourage self-belief. We want to encourage the young ones to perform on a regular basis at events in the community and are keen to make drumming costumes for them to look smart in.

The total cost would be R 1 700 for the 22 costumes.


Should you be interested to make a donation, please contact Jana at

Any donation will be much appreciated.

Our banking details:

Bank: Absa

Account: Cheque

Name: Durbanville Kinderhuis

Account number: 1410 290 983

Branch: 632005

Please use DRUMMING as a reference.

Rock Climbing at Durbanville Children’s Home

October 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

Monique on the wall

Monique on the wall

Over the past four years our rock-climbing team has reached new heights, even literally!

In 2016 two of our children qualified for the national championships in Lead Climbing.

On the 30th of September all of us were extremely excited when we took these two to the Cape Town International Airport from where they flew to the National Lead-Climbing Competition which was held on the 1st and 2nd of October 2016 at City Rock, Johannesburg. Here they represented the Western Province Climbing Team.

Both made it to the finals.


We were humbled by the donors who had assisted us financially so that both the children could travel by aeroplane to Johannesburg. For the young boy it was his first flight ever.


We have been given permission to publish the name and face of Monique, a quiet, soft-spoken girl who has now represented Western Province for two years in a row. She took part in the under-15 category. The name and face the boy, who participated in the under-9 category, will, for his safety, not be published yet.

The rock climbers from the Durbanville Children’s Home are members of the Top Out Climbing Club; they are also sponsored by Western Cape Climbing and they are registered with the South African National Climbing Federation.

Our children enjoy being part of a challenging sport, and they love the the opportunity to socialise and make new friends outside the Durbanville Children’s Home. Going on rock-climbing camps in Montagu and in the Cederberg Mountains is another source of joy.

Rock climbing meant a lot for the children’s self-esteem and inner strength; they overcame their fear of height, got in touch with their own body strength and learned to trust the people guiding the rope.


Their coach, ms Delaney, Carpenter, is a screened volunteer of the Durbanville Children’s Home and has a very good rapport with the children. We are also privileged to have an international volunteer who holds national colours for rock climbing in Germany.

Kersfees @ Die Kinderhuis

October 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

Christmas @ the Children’s Home – Please see below for the English


Maak ’n kinderhart bly hierdie Kersfees!

Ons kinders het hul Kersfeeswenslysies voltooi, elke kind het gesê wat hulle graag wil hê:

Die kinders se Kerspartytjie vind vanjaar plaas op 26 November. Dit is wanneer hulle hul Kersgeskenke sal ontvang en het ‘n ete saam sal geniet. Sonder hulp kan ons dit nie doen nie. Ons vra dus mooi: Oorweeg dit asseblief om een of meer kind se wenslys te borg?


Prentjie deur ‘n sesjarige seun / Drawing by six-year old boy


Make a child smile this Christmas!


Our children have completed their Christmas wish lists. Each child has a specific list.

The children’s Christmas party will take place on the 26th of November this year. Then they will receive their Christmas presents and have a meal together.

This party would not be possible without your help. So we ask: please consider sponsoring a child?

Sponsor a child today and change a life!

October 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


The biggest challenge for any welfare organisation, in our quest to render quality care, is cash flow. We have to plan our interventions around the amount of funds available. We want to call on you to consider donating R100 per month towards a specific child’s needs. This will enable us to better plan our intervention to address our children’s specific needs.

The all-inclusive cost of housing, feeding, educating, caring for and developing a child amounts to R60 000 per child per year (R5 000 per month). At present only a third of the Home’s annual budget is received from Government and the rest has to be raised by the Home itself through donations and sponsorships.

We would like to use this opportunity to ask you to sponsor a specific child for the duration of his or her stay at the Home by making a recurring monthly donation.  As a sponsor you will have the opportunity to form a personal enabling relationship with the child you sponsor, by writing to him or her, getting feedback on their progress, and receiving regular newsletters.

You will witness first-hand the remarkable improvements and growth that your financial contribution will bring about in his or her life; you will also receive an invitation to our Annual Partners Functions and a certificate confirming your commitment as a partner of the children’s home; and since the Durbanville Children’s Home is a Section 21A Public Benefit Organisation, you will be issued with a tax certificate for submission with your annual tax claim.

We still need 34 sponsors for our children. Click here should you require more information.


If you would like to contact us, please click here. Feel free to do so!

How you can help spread the smile

September 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

At the Durbanville Children’s Home we often get asked: “How can we help?” Below are are a few ways in which you can help put a smile on a little one’s face.


We need non-perishable food items for food parcels

It is very important that our children visit their parents or significant others during school holidays, to ensure that they keep in contact with the communities that they have been removed from. Some of our children visit low-income family members during school holidays and we supply an average of 50 children with food parcels.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please send an email to for the list of items needed, or, if you would like to make a financial donation, our banking details can be found below. Please use FOODPARCEL in your reference.

We are expanding our charity shop!

Our charity shop has proven to be very successful and has had a very positive impact on our fundraising targets. We are in the process of converting two garages into a space to sell second hand furniture.

We need the following items: paint, lights, sliding doors, trellidoors and volunteers to help with the labour or a financial donation towards this project is also welcome. Please use CHARITYSHOP in your reference.

Creating a sustainable garden!

The Durbanville Children’s Home takes great pride in the neatness of our grounds and facilities. As everyone knows, water shortages have become a big problem and the problem will only grow bigger in the future. Therefore we have decided to incorporate more “water wise” plants into our garden.

We would like to ask the community to get involved with this project by donating plants, fertiliser, garden rocks, and garden-centre vouchers, or by making a financial donation. Please use GARDEN in your reference.

Volunteer as a homework hand!

All our children need urgent help with their homework; we need the help and support of individuals and groups to assist our children. We invite you to become a homework volunteer, even if it is just once a week. These sessions take place from Monday to Thursday, 15:00 to 17:00. Please contact Yvonne at, should you want to get involved.

Our banking details are as follows:

Account Name: BADISA Durbanville Kinderhuis

Account number: 1410-290-983

Branch code: 334810

Type of account: Cheque account

Bank: ABSA Bank Durbanville


Die gesig van 2020 se Olimpiese Spele?

September 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

(Is this the face of the 2020 Olympics? See English below.)


By die Durbanville Kinderhuis streef ons daarna om elke kind met ’n droom toe te rus. Bronwyn George*, weet presies wat sy droom is: Hy wil in 2020 vir Suid-Afrika aan die 5000m deelneem in die Olimpiese Spele.

Dit het alles vir Bronwyn begin toe hy saam met Jana van Rensburg en haar man, Jacques, aan een van die Durbanville Kinderhuis se veldlope deelgeneem het. Bronwyn het die ander deelnemers te pletter gehardloop.

Jana en Jacques is self kranige hardlopers en hulle het besluit om Bronwyn meer gereeld saam te neem na wedlope toe. (Jana werk as bemarker en fondswerwer vir die Kinderhuis.)

Nou is daar geen keer meer aan Bronwyn nie – hy het onlangs sy WP-skolekleure verdien in landloop en die pragtige skoene op die foto’s het hy ook gewen tydens ’n wedloop.

Dit is egter nie al nie. Op Sondag 11 September het hy ’n goue medalje gewen tydens die Cell C Day of Races. Sy tyd oor die 5 km was ’n ongelooflike 16:06. (Hier is ’n berig waarin melding gemaak van sy prestasie.)

Nou is die vraag: Kan Bronwyn George teen 2020 vir die Olimpiese Spele kwalifiseer?  Om ’n 13:25 te hardloop sit nie in enige ou se skoene nie, maar ons gaan saam met Bronwyn George droom – en ons gaan hom ondersteun so ver ons kan. Danksy ons ondersteuners kan ons vir Bronwyn help; en ons waardeer elke skenking wat van ons donateurs kom.

Jy kan ook ’n verskil maak. Kliek hier om meer uit te vind.


At the Durbanville Children’s Home, we strive to equip every child with a dream. Bronwyn George** knows exactly what his dream is: He wants to represent South Africa in the 5000m during the 2020 Olympics.

It all started for Bronwyn when Jana van Rensburg and her husband, Jacques, took Bronwyn along to participate in one of the Durbanville Children’s Home’s trail runs. Bronwyn obliterated the other participants.

Jana and Jacques, who are avid runners, decided to take Bronwyn along to more races. (Jana works as a marketing and fund-raising assistant at the Durbanville Children’s Home.)

Now there is no stopping Bronwyn – he has recently earned his Western-Province Schools colours in cross country and the beautiful shoes he is wearing, he won by running for them.

That is not all. On Sunday, September 11, Bronwyn won gold at the Cell C Day of Races. His time over the 5km was an incredible 16:06. (Here is a news report in which his performance is mentioned.)

Now for the question: Can Bronwyn George qualify for the Olympics in 2020? To run a 13:25 is not easy, but we will support Bronwyn to chase his dream.

Thanks to our supporters we can help Bronwyn and we appreciate every donation that comes from our donors.

You too can make a difference to Bronwyn and others like him, please click here to see how.


*Gereelde lesers sal weet: dit is selde dat ons die geleentheid kry om ons kinders se name en gesigte te noem, maar in hierdie geval mag ons.

**Frequent readers will know: we seldom have the opportunity to name our children and to show their faces, but in Bronwyn’s case we are allowed to.

Rock climbing? Our donors rock!

September 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Thank you everyone! The Durbanville Children’s Home has received enough donations to take the two awesome kids to Gauteng to participate in the National Championships for rock climbing! Thank you! Enkosi! Dankie! (We posted our request here.)

This young man in the photo is from the USA, he donated some of his own money to the Durbanville Children’s Home.

Our donors rock!

PS: We hope to announce another exciting rock-climbing opportunity soon!


Children’s Home? Be Happy!

September 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

This amazing young reader exudes a quirky sense of happiness.

Like many of the kids in the Durbanville Children’s Home, she is keen to help other children when she grows up.

We are proud of the children in our care, because they care.

With this young woman we’d like to say: Be happy!


Child known as: Girl 17

Language: English

Birthday: 18 March

Age: 17

School: FHS

Grade: Grade 9

Favourite colour: Black and pink

What do you like doing? Read and eat

What do you want to be when you grow up? Child-care worker

You feel sad when: Someone is mad at me.

You feel glad when: I eat, laugh and read books

Size of T-shirt: Medium

Size of shorts or skirt: 34 / 36

Shoe size: 5 / 6