• We asked our children what
    they want to be when they
    grow up ...

    Some of the answers
    could break your heart

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    for children?

    Your time is the most precious gift
    you can give a child in a children's home.

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Will you be the hero who protects a child's dream?

We asked our kids what they want to be when they grow up, and were given a shocking glimpse into Lello's tragic past when she answered: "Alive"

It's heartbreaking to imagine this 8 year old hiding in a cupboard or under the bed to escape the noise of her parents fighting in the kitchen. Upraised voices ... the sound of a bottle smashing ... the sickening thuds of a fist fight.

She might have shivered in the sudden silence, wondering if anyone was badly hurt – or worse. Dreading discovery and the ever present danger of being hurt herself.

No child should grow up like this. Frightened of the very people she should be able to count on to keep her safe. And it's not just the fear of physical harm that does damage.

It's the way abuse or neglect take away a child's hopes and dreams.

How can you dream of a bright future when every message you pick up shows you what your life will be like when you're grown up? Stuck in an abusive relationship ... living in squalor or on the streets ... sucked into the underworld of drugs and sex work ... not good enough for anything else.

Our job here at the Johannesburg Children's Home is to break down the negative feelings and perceptions and fears – and replace them with optimism, self-confidence and the belief that anything is possible.

But we need your help to do this.

Because you can't raise a child on hopes and dreams alone. You also need to provide basics like food, clothing, school fees, books and stationery, sports gear, outings, transport and a hundred other things!

Please will you help us make sure our children have a solid foundation on which to build bright hopes and dreams for the future?

Your donation of any amount – made online now – will not just provide for the necessities of life.

It's a gift that sets you apart as a real hero ... someone who lifts a child out of their dark past and gives them the chance to be a child again – free to laugh and hope and dream and believe.

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Exciting news
Our dream of having our own Charity Shop is now a reality
[posted 16 March 2018]
Thanks for giving holiday fun
If you have children or grandchildren of your own, you’ll know how exciting it is for them to go off on an adventure holiday camp ...
[posted 18 January 2018]
Follow my leader
Johannesburg Children’s Home is proud to be developing some great leaders among our children!
[posted 18 January 2018]
Memories relived at 125th Reunion
Saturday 30 September 2017 was a beautiful sun filled day, perfect for what was about to unfold ... our celebratory tea for the children who have passed through our doors over the past 125 years.
[posted 18 January 2018]
Awards and rewards
There was great excitement at our annual year end Awards event, when our children received acknowledgement for their special achievements.
[posted 17 January 2018]

How to help

Bringing up a child is expensive! And when you have a 'family' of 64, every extra bit of cash helps.

Order delicious party platters at reasonable rates ... or make use of our laundry service.

If you can spare an hour or two a week, please consider volunteering at our Home?

Check out our 'wish list' for items needed right now. Or contact us for more information.

Download the free app (Android, iPhone or Blackberry) and scan our code to donate safely and easily.

Run a marathon ... enter a cycle race ... or help our kids by asking friends to donate to JCH instead of buying you a birthday or anniversary gift.

Putting the pieces back together

The Johannesburg Children's Home provides
a safe refuge for 64 children of all races
who have been found in need of care by the Children's Court.

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