Johannesburg - PAN Africa's premier news
agency, Centre for African Journalists (CAJ News Africa) has come to the rescue
of abandoned babies and orphans in the poverty stricken township of Diepsloot,
north of Johannesburg.
CAJ News Africa donated in cash and kind to the Roi Baby
Home (Refilwe Community Project) and The Impact Centre Baby Rescue.
The publication's Editor-In-Chief, Savious-Parker
Kwinika, said he was deeply touched by the plight of the abandoned children,
whose future would look bleak had no such organisations as Roi Baby Home
(Refilwe Community Project) and The Impact Centre Baby Rescue existed.
"Usually journalists and their different media
houses are known for reporting stories about the plight of people but we have
decided to go a step further by donating. We found it necessary to lead by
example to give a helping hand in a small way,” Kwinika said.
"Instead of embarking on our usual business of
reporting news stories about problems and crises in our societies, CAJ News
Africa chose to be different by getting involved in tackling the social ills
and economic challenges that our people find themselves in.
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“We found it necessary to help these young innocent souls
in our small donation. We hope this will make the difference in helping that
baby to become a somebody tomorrow, and perhaps become a leader in a different
way," Kwinika said.
Roi Baby Home (Refilwe Community Project) official,
Nicole Gillette, commended the gesture.
“The donation will go a long way, especially during this
time of the festive season. We are so thankful that God brought us to your (CAJ
News Africa) heart and mind! We are so thankful for your
interest in our home and what we do at Refilwe in general,” Gillete said.
Gillette said the Roi Baby Home was a non-profit
organisation that relied wholly on donations to cover everything from nappies
to salaries of the members of staff.
Since opening in 2012 it has helped 31 babies. It
currently is home to 12 babies.
The youngest is six weeks old and the eldest aged three
“Most of those babies are left in secret, hidden or
unsafe places. We have had babies come to us after being abandoned in rubbish
bins, dumping areas, a public toilet or in a veldt,” Gillette said.
- CAJ News