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The Morena Children’s Village was made up by a collection of shacks, but it was wrecked by heavy rains in 2018; so the Japanese Embassy lent a helping hand.


North West, South Africa (26 February 2020) – Caregiver Dithoriso Lwate was devastated when the heavy rains in 2018 washed away the shacks that were home to the children of the Morena Children’s Village. The village nearly closed its doors after the disaster.

The shelter was destroyed by heavy rains and wind in February 2018, and the children at the shelter had to share three shacks among themselves for the past year.

“Those were the ones that survived the heavy winds,” said Morena Children’s Village founder and director Dithoriso Lwate.

“I had to share the one shack with some children, while the other care workers had to share the other shacks with the children.”

Lwate said she was devastated by the disaster, but recently she cried tears for a different reason. The Embassy of Japan handed over a 14-rooms house to benefit 32 abandoned children in need earlier this month.

Lwate could not talk nor contain her emotions when thinking of the time when the North West Department of Social Development thought the Hammanskraal shelter was no longer safe for children following the damage.

However, eager to keep it running, Lwate, who grew up in an orphanage, knocked on doors searching for people who could help her. She said, she could not let go of the shelter since it had been a part of who she was.

It had been in operation for many years and many of its children had gone on to enrol in tertiary and eventually had careers and started families.

Fortunately, the Japanese Embassy stepped in to help the shelter through its Grants Assistance for Grass-Roots human security project.

A whopping R900 000 was spent by the embassy to build the shelter, that’s certified to house 52 children.

“I’m very emotional because we underwent of difficulties to get here and for me as long as I can do something to benefit the children and put a smile on their faces, I get satisfied. My heart feels good when I do good for children because I grew up in an orphanage myself.” – Caregiver Dithoriso Lwate

The event was also attended by representatives from the North West Department of Social Development, SAPS and wardens from Kgosi Mampuru ǁ Correctional Centre, which had been taking prisoners to help work in the yard.

Second Secretary at the Japanese Embassy Yoshiko Nakashima said: “For us to be able to have built a house like this is such an honour. Anything that’s going to benefit people in need is a good thing to do. We are proud to have had a hand in something this beautiful.”

The Japanese embassy in the week of 07 February officially handed over a newly revamped R965 568 Morena children’s home to the community in Ratjiepane village in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.

Sources: Japanese Embassy 
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