This story of community spirit and some really cool design captured our hearts! An orphanage in Midrand, constructed using 28 shipping containers, has changed the lives of those who live in it – as well as those who created it. The newspaper cutting is carefully protected in a plastic sleeve. It is taken from the Midrand Reporter and shows the colourful splendour of the lego-like container structure that is the new, New Jerusalem Children’s Home, situated on a smallholding between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The young girl who lives there has pinned the picture above her bed and written proudly alongside the image: “My lovely home – a five star hotel.” It is an intimate glimpse into the immense impact that the remarkable house has had on the orphans and vulnerable children who moved in a few months ago.
New Jerusalem was started 12 years ago, when sisters Anna and Phina Mojapelo chose to do something about the desperate need in their surrounding community for shelter and protection for HIV orphans and other vulnerable children. An advocate and social worker respectively, they initially opened up their own homes to facilitate this, starting with just one child. Today they shelter over 80 children at a time. When it became apparent that they needed to create a bigger home for the children, they turned to their board for advice. Read More
Lunch provided for New Jerusalem Children’s Home.
DESPITE the wet and chilly conditions outside, children from New Jerusalem Children’s Home were filled with warmth in the form of a lunch on 5 March. Read More
U11 Soccer tournament held.
The first prize trophy went to Hlafeng Football Club in Oakmor, Thembisa.
NEW Jerusalem Children’s Home, in conjunction with the Midrand Local Football Association, proudly held a huge soccer tournament for U11 children at the President Park home on 2 March.
The theme was Keeping kids off the street, and eleven teams from different locations participated in the tournament with over 250 children attending.
Participants were New Jerusalem Football Club President Park, Super Gauteng Football Club Rabie Ridge, Read More