When Lisa came into our care at age seven with her baby brother on her hip, she wouldn’t let go of him. She’d been caring for him for as long as she could remember. His cloth nappy was a sickly shade of grey, yet relatively clean. Her dress, on the other hand, was in tatters, and her bare feet were filthy. She was visibly ashamed of the state of her clothes and body.
Today, Lisa is still small, but she is finally learning how to be a child. Her first steps to dignity arrived along with a gift of brand new underwear and socks. During lockdown, her concern for children who were hungry, cold and miserable because of Covid-19 was touching. It reminded us all of the terrible conditions she’d lived in. And Lisa herself remembers all too well.
Many children in care have stories of heartbreak and suffering. They are extremely vulnerable and their lives have to be rebuilt with love and patience.
You can help a girl like Lisa by donating R20 towards a new pair of socks or underwear. It will be a small step on her long road to recovery and happiness.