On a cold and windy Friday morning, the 22nd of July, a group of dedicated child and youth care workers had their graduation at the Iswepe Club.
It was a very insightful and encouraging morning. The event started off with an opening speech and prayer by Mike Kubheka from UROC. He introduced all the parties involved and who had contributed in making the day a success. Chief Yende, from the Iswepe area, was called to deliver his speech. He thanked all the organisations involved. Especially Mondi Iswepe, who sponsored the event. Representatives of the NACCW (National Association of Child Care Workers) and of the Department of Social Development were also present.
They were thanked for the professional and respectable way in which they provided training and assistance to all the graduates. Chief Yende thanked the board of directors of UROC (Uzwelo Rural Orphan Care) as well as Uzwelo. Mrs Wendy Stapelberg (Director) was given a chance to say a few words. She expressed her gratitude towards each and every lady that came this far. She explained that it has been a long and tiring road for some of the ladies, but they never gave up.
She also mentioned that she is proud of them for completing their studies. “This is now the beginning of a whole new chapter in your lives”, she said. Pastor Sheldon Hallis had a quick word and explained to the audience that maybe we need something like “independence day” on earth, meaning that only then will people stop looking down on one another. Race and culture will have no more influence and the world will have no other choice but to take hands to uplift and build each other.
This is why the work these child and youth care workers do, is very important. People often look the other way when it comes to less fortunate children and adults. This is exactly where these people make a difference. When others turn away, these ladies are willing to walk long distances, no matter what the weather conditions are, to help families and children in need. Villages situated where no vehicle can drive – this is where these ladies work on a daily basis.
Putting a smile on the the children’s faces residing in those villages. After the speeches were completed, each lady was called up to receive a well deserved certificate. One could easily see that these graduates are proud of their achievements. Congratulations to each of the graduates for the excellent achievements reached. May the work you do, influence everyone around you and give you joyful satisfaction through the difference you daily make in their lives. The word “isibindi” means courage – indeed, an ability each one of these ladies were born with. Without courage, one will not be able to handle the work they face on a daily basis. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead