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Children have an amazing ability to 'bounce back'

Even those who've been so badly treated by their families that they've had to be taken away by the courts and placed in a Children's Home.

That's why we can't help smiling instead of scolding when we hear about Gary's latest prank ... putting a plastic snake in one of the bathrooms, and laughing uncontrollably when his poor house mother shrieked in terror.

Another time he put salt in the tea instead of sugar – and had to 'run for his life' when his JCH 'brothers' and 'sisters' didn't find the joke as amusing as he did.

We look at this lively, playful child and say a silent prayer of thanks.

How wonderful it is that Gary can still be a normal, mischievous little boy. That the little flame of fun and hope that glows inside every child has not been completely extinguished by his traumatic past. And that he still believes life is good and the world is a wonderful place.

It's taken a lot of time, patience, counselling, reassurance and love from all of us here at the Johannesburg Children's Home to keep that tiny flame alive. Together with the special help that caring people like you provide.

Just as Gary needs our love, guidance and support – so too do we need your help to provide all the things a growing child needs. Food, clothing, school fees and uniforms, visits to the doctor and dentist – the list goes on and on!

Please consider making a donation towards these costs now if you can. Gary is only one of 64 children we are caring for at the moment.

With help from friends like you, we really can turn these little ones' lives around and give them a second chance of a happy childhood.

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[posted 24 July 2018]
Please make us your beneficiary
The recent MySchool Card Vote4Charity competition highlighted the impact this initiative has on organisations like ours.
[posted 24 July 2018]
Message from the Director
Annette Brokensha shares some thoughts with you ...
[posted 24 July 2018]
JCH kids give back
Our children recently had the opportunity to be givers rather than receivers for a change.
[posted 24 July 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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