A Hout Bay NGO that helps disadvantaged children is appealing for help to revamp its sports field.
Khaya le Themba (the home of hope) near Imizamo Yethu supports up to 120 children in Grades 1 to 6 daily, according to its director, Sara Clarke.
Previously, Sentinel reported on the organisation’s garden project to provide food and a source of income for its volunteers (“NGO needs help with food garden,“ Sentinel, November 10).
“The sports field was built in 2015. We play soccer mainly on it, but with our sports programme officially launching in 2024, we will utilise the space for multiple forms of exercise and team games.
“Unfortunately, the sports field is in a poor state. The edging of the bricks needs to be relaid. The surrounding area needs to be weeded and levelled. We also need help with putting up permanent goals and we need netball nets to be installed,“ Ms Clarke said.
The field’s metal fence is quite sharp and has punctured several soccer balls
“The fence around it needs some sort of barrier to stop the ball from popping on it. Perhaps some waterproof wood or plastic with artwork on it for the balls to bounce off of. We need to brighten the fence with some sort of brightly coloured cladding,” Ms Clarke said.
Khaya le Themba’s signboard has also rusted to the point where its logo is hardly readable.
“Our sign is older than the field. It was made out of wire and sea shells, but the wire has rusted and the shells have fallen out, so it looks very sad. It’s unreadable from the road. So I want to replace this with a printed metal sign with all our information,” she said.
The organisation is also appealing for donations of netballs, soccer balls and boots, sports clothing and other sports gear.
To help, contact Sara Clarke at 079 092 2952 or ikhayalethemba.org.za.