The Maletsatsi Foundation shared the cutest video of a toddler with a hankering for breakfast at 3 am; he was busted with a box of Weetbix.
South Africa (12 May 2021) – Imagine being woken up at 3 am to the sound of plastic rustling only to see your toddler making a bowl of Weetbix at the end of your bed. That is exactly what happened to Tiffani when she found little Kgotso Tau making breakfast in her bedroom.
The Maletsatsi Foundation is a child welfare organisation that provides a safe haven for children in need. They go through a lot of Weetbix. Around 600 biscuits in a month. It is safe to say that this iconic South African breakfast is a firm favourite amongst the residents of the safe haven.
We chatted to Tiffani about what the Maletsatsi Foundation does, and she explained that while they always planned to take children in as a safe haven, the pandemic saw a rise in the number of children who needed a safe space.
“The Maletsatsi Foundation was born formally last year in the midst of the pandemic. Whilst my hubby, kids and I have acted as a place of safety for the last six years, the need for homes for children increased exponentially last year and we made the decision to open our home to a larger number of children. Currently, the foundation supports over 30 children who were either abused, abandoned, neglected, relinquished or in need of temporary care and protection for various reasons.
Our children have survived human trafficking and incest and neglect and abuse. They have triumphed over obstacles that most adults would falter just hearing of. Our hope, as an organisation, is to provide family based care that prioritises deeply connected bonds and opposes institutionalisation. Every child who is here forms part of one big family, for however long or short they need us for. There is a lot of love here! Our kids stay for various durations – some for days, some for years. We rely fully on the community for funding and sustenance.”
Due to the pandemic, the foundation, which would usually rely on volunteers, started a virtual volunteer programme which you can learn more about here, or you can donate to support their monthly needs here.
Kgotso Tau is in his “terribly-cute-twos” and has taken it upon himself to be the feeder in the house. He is often found making bottles or breakfast for all the little souls around him.
“He really loves mealtimes, not only for the food, but for the sense of community, which is why I think he brought it all to my room.”
Tiffani explains that Kgotso is incredibly articulate for a two-year-old, making him even cuter to converse with, especially when he is misbehaving. She said it is tough to get cross when the conversation is so adorable.
“You mean to tell me you didn’t also make breakfast in your parents’ room at 3am? BOKOMO WEET-BIX South Africa… yours is one of the most consumed things in our home (we’re going through about 600 ‘biscuits’ a month). It is SO Loved that little people find it suitable to pillage our kitchen for it in the middle of the night! We’d so love it if you wanted to help us out with a few boxes each month… this would be a small was you could make a big difference to our little humans!”
Take a look at this adorable Midnight Weetbix Bandit below. He will absolutely melt your heart!