Clover Mama Afrika Mamas spread joy to the less fortunate this Festive Season
Issued by JNPR - Dec 20th 2018, 10:36
For most people, the festive season symbolises a time to slow down, unwind, rest and recuperate in preparation for the coming year. However, In the true spirit of giving, the Mamas from Clover’s CSI project, Clover Mama Afrika, who collectively care for over 13 000 children and 1800 elderly people in their various communities, focused on giving back to the members of their communities.
Mama Albertina Bloko of Alexandria
Mama Albertina has been running the Tyilulwazi Centre since 2005 in Alexandria, Eastern Cape. In the spirit of giving, she visited various orphanages in her area to distribute T-shirts that she received from the project. She also hosted a day full of festivities for the children and their parents at her centre on the 7th of December.
This ‘give back’ is close to her heart since Mama Albertina’s centre supports differently-abled children in the community. The centre provides these children with quality nutrition from her very own organic food garden, as well as early learning stimulation which has helped the children to exceed their perceived limitations.
Mama Alinah Marumo of Thabong
Mama Alinah opened the Ikimiseng Crèche and Pre-school in the Free State in 1989. For the festive season, she hosted a dress-up party at her centre on the 22 November, as well as arranged an end-of-year school trip for both parents and children at the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve!
Making a difference in the lives of others has always been something that Mama Alinah is extremely passionate about, which is why she started the creche and pre-school, which looks after one hundred twenty children. She has made a considerable impact in her community by starting a number of income-generating projects which have created many job opportunities. She also provides skills training to her community so that they can uplift themselves and become self-reliant.
Mama Dorah Semenya
Mama Dorah has been running the Shalate Drop-in Centre in Limpopo since 2006. In the spirit of giving back, she hosted the 150 children she cares for, at a festive party prior to the closing of her centre on the 15 December.
Mama Dorah’s love for children and her dream to give hope to the hopeless by protecting them from abuse, hunger and homelessness, is what inspired her to open the centre when the HIV/Aids endemic left many children orphaned. This giveback was a way for her to honour the children and to show them how much she loves and cares for them.
Mama Rina Malan of Pretoria
Mama Rina Malan of the Amadea Safe House hosted a wonderful party with artists performing, food and Santa boxes for 120 on the 8 December. On Christmas day, she will also be hosting a Christmas lunch for her family and the forty children at the centre.
Giving back to the children is something that is very important to Mama Rina, as she strongly believes that a loving and supportive environment is crucial for a child’s development, which is why she has opened the doors of her home to abandoned children. She also provides rural and local communities with skills development training that will give them the necessary skills to become self-sufficient.
Mama Doris Ndingane of Keiskammahoek
Mama Doris runs no less than six community projects collectively called the Zanempilo projects. For the festive season, Mama Doris treated her daycare children to a tour of King Williams town and spoilt them with lunch. To end off the day, the children had some fun at Zwelitsha township park.
Mama Doris has always been passionate about helping others which is why she started the community projects in order to combat the high unemployment rate and lack of skills development found in rural areas. She also manages over 30 community members, specifically women, and works very hard to make sure that the members in her community have the opportunity to make something of themselves.
Professor Elain Vlok, Founder of Clover Mama Afrika says, “As the year draws to a close, I am so proud to see all the hard work that these mamas have put into their centres this year. These mamas have done such an amazing job in their communities, and their selfless nature and drive to make a difference is not only admirable but has demonstrated that the world needs more people like them. These mamas allow us to reflect on what it means to be a blessing in the lives of others, and to remember the true spirit of giving back so that those in need can also feel loved, cherished and appreciated, especially at this time of year.”
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