The festive season is upon us and as protocol observe many are reflecting on their year the good, the bad and the ugly. The highlight for many during this time of the year is the celebrations riddled in the atmosphere. The festive season is loyal to its alias and captures the moment of laughter, joy and sense of belonging. Reality is the feeling is not always mutual and many find themselves on the other side of the fence. Jehovah Jirah Orphanage is a haven for many children from a disadvantaged background, it offers shelter to 35 children who found themselves wanting at certain a point in their lives.
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Nelly Matjeke Jehovah Jirah is an orphanage located at the Northern outskirt of Pretoria, Soshanguve, Block GG. The orphanage aims to provide a place of safety for the children, to stimulate the intellectual capacity of the children. They further render emotional, spiritual, psychological and social services for the children. Lastly they offer life skill development for the children and provide a safe loving environment.
The 16 November 2019 on a Saturday TsaPitori Online Magazine in association with various local brands and artists visited the Soshanguve based orphanage. We were welcomed warmly by the cheers and hugs from the children in the Shelter. Kgomotso Thebe the Manager of the orphanage says she is overwhelmed by the feeling she gets spending her days with the kids at Jehovah Jirah. “Watching every child grow up and be a better version of themselves. That brings me so much joy in my heart”, she said. She asks that the community of Soshanguve and the public at large assist them with sponsors and donations to assist with day to day needs and living at the orphanage bearable.
Kgomotso further elaborated “We have a serious challenge of transport that has taken a toll on the organization daily running and the children. We are in need of any assistance with transport to assist with the daily operations of the organization.” The Centre has sheltered hundreds of children in the 16 years it has existed and the toll of time is starting to show. “Our haven is falling apart and we kindly need all the help we can get to carry on making a difference in the lives of these children. Our home used to be a dream but throughout the years it is bound to fall apart as expected. We are in need of major renovations”, – said Kgomotso.
To get hold of Jehovah Jirah or to pledge your donations call the Centre on 0127986681 or call the founder Dr Nelly Matjeke on 0828193923. Alternatively contact the Kgomotso the Manager on 0724905407.