Guys, sorry to detract from the aftermath of a good weekend’s rugby. but I found the story below to be very sad.
Just as some adults feel free to harm these innocent children for no reason, I hope some of us will feel inclined to help them.
Thanks for the Soapbox Rob.
Please contact the Principal; Dave Moonsamy, on 031 207 3223 or 031 209 8871 should you be able to help.
Fire destroys part of children’s home
March 23 2009 at 09:01AM
By Sinegugu Ndlovu
By Sinegugu Ndlovu
A Durban children’s home was dealt a blow on Sunday when a section of it burnt to the ground.
Arson is suspected.
A 250 square metre section of the St Thomas Home for Children, in Sydenham, caught fire about 10am, destroying a kitchen, hall and the roof of the nursery school, which 20 children attended.
The home houses about 60 children.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.
Children reported seeing two men wearing balaclavas run out of the home about the time of the fire.
A spokesperson for the home, Charlie Anderson, said he was struggling to understand why anyone would deliberately set fire to the home.
It was estimated that it would take more than R1 million to rebuild the burnt-out section.
“The home itself was not affected,”Anderson said.
“The burnt section was the hall, nursery, kitchen and storeroom for our jumble sales. We have another kitchen but the destroyed unit was used for the hall and nursery school. Unfortunately much of our groceries were stored in the freezer, which was burnt along with the kitchen,” he said.
More than half of the items the home had planned to sell at a jumble sale had been burnt, he said.
“We rented out the hall to the community for events, which generated R10 000 for us monthly. We also used it for our jumble sales.
“A local school was planning to rent the nursery, but now it’s gone,” he said.
Anderson said the home would be forced to send the 20 children who used the nursery school to another facility.
It would have to pay the children’s fees and transport costs.
Although the home received government funding, it did not meet facility’s needs.
The burnt-out section had been condemned and it was unclear if the home would be compensated by its insurance company.
Division commander of the eThekwini fire department, Clyde van Niekerk, said it had taken 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.
St Thomas principal Dave Moonsamy urged people who could help the home to telephone him at 031 207 3223 or 031 209 8871.
This article was originally published on page 4 of The Mercury on March 23, 2009