January Newsletter 2021

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A message from our Director

To all our dear readers, a very warm welcome to everyone wishing you a safe New Year. The past year has thrown PCH into the “deep end” in more than one way –
with us adjusting to Lockdown regulations, addressing all the stringent Health and Safety measures, placing new restrictions on both Staff and especially our children who were not afforded their usual right to visit their extended family members, coping with the academic year with on-hand support from our team, going into a further lockdown as a Home when we experienced some of our own staff and children test Covid positive, and, dealing with some very difficult decisions made,
that left both our Board members and Management Team members struggling to grapple with and overcome.
Throughout such a tough year, I was most humbled to see our PCH staff team rise above all of these challenges to come out shining and stronger as a united force that could face any hardship that threatens the foundation of what we are strive for …. which is to always work in the Best Interest of all the Children we serve.
I salute all my staff for the brave, courageous, and professional way in which you handled everything we faced, and am very humbled to take such a worthy team into 2021, knowing that each of you can cope with anything that life throws at you both in your personal and professional lives.
My dearest Staff, continue to live like the Lotus Flower that weaves its way through all kinds of murky waters to come out blooming in the beautiful sunlight!
God bless all of you and may we send our love and prayers to all our readers
that you and your families may stay strong and safe in Faith. 

Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home Turns 135 years!
This year marks 135 years since PCH was established. Lets take you back to where it all started. PCH is the oldest residential facility in Pietermaritzburg and Kwa-Zulu Natal founded by Miss Mary Elizabeth Cook in the year 1886. This good Samaritan had a strong desire to help orphaned children. She started the Mary Cook Orphanage which was located in Burger street.

#Humble beginnings
#135 years of Grace

Find out more by visiting our Website
We will continue the journey in the February Newsletter 2021…
Don’t miss it.

Giving the Garden some TLC…
Our very own group of environmentalists took the initiative to give the garden some TLC. We are all aware of weeds (also known as Widow’s weeds) that grow during rainy days. Weeds are described as the undesirable plants growing where they are not wanted and often grows and spreads faster. Recognizing this, the junior boys from Unit 3 took it upon themselves to tend to the garden and the results were productive.
A huge shout out goes to them for the wonderful contribution
in making sure that their home and gardens look amazing

Garden tip #101
Weeds in your pavement? Mix a good amount of salt into boiling water and pour over the weeds. This will kill weeds from the roots and prevent further growth.

PCH Power

Kicking off 2021 with PCH power. On this segment we will be sharing our Children’s success stories and how PCH played a role in molding them
to be the individuals they are today.

We Meet Sandile F who joined PCH in 2013 after being transferred from Joseph Baynes. He was attending Woodlands Primary school when he showed great interest in music. He would perform each time there was an event at PCH. He then attended high school in Haythorne Secondary where he completed his matric in 2019 with a Bachelor pass. In 2020 he went on, with the support of PCH to study
Music and Sound Technology at Creative Arts College where he passed
7 of the subjects with Distinctions.
He wants to further his studies in future and we wish him nothing but the best!

#Flying PCH flag high

Dedication to study time
Schools might be closed but books remained open. Its learning as usual for PCH, with the delay in opening of schools- the Children have already started familiarizing themselves with work that they will be doing this year in their new grades. Learning under the new normal has been difficult but the adjustment for the Children is commendable. They might not be in classrooms at the moment but a portion of their day is spent with 2 hours study time which is divided into 2 sessions per day. A huge appreciation goes to the Child and Youth Care Workers for their supervision, as well as support from the Social Worker miss Ntokozo Mhlophe for taking the initiative from picking up learning material from schools, downloading work, going through all the grade requirements per school (and we have many schools to comply with!) to helping the Children understand what is required from them.
KFC-Add Hope
This initiative partners with over 138  beneficiaries to ensure that children are receiving a nutritious meal daily. Add Hope raises money through customer donations added at the till or on the Add Hope website, as well as donating a percentage of KFC profits as its own Corporate social responsibility.
This is how it works: when buying a meal you simply Add R2 for Add Hope to your bill…Donations are also made by KFC…All that donations goes to the KFC Social Responsibility Trust…who then allocates to suitable applicants
(This Campaign feeds nutritious meals to over 120 000 children every day in South Africa, and PCH is one of their beneficiaries)

Your R2 really does go a long way, and reaches us
to serve our children on a daily basis 

A reminder that our DONATE button on the website is now effective.
Yes, as a Donor you can make a cash donation in your own time, at your leisure.
Kindly visit our website on and select any amount you wish to donate.
You can use any Visa Debit or Mastercard for both Cheque and Credit Card options.
Your banking details remain confidential and that information will NOT be available to any one besides your yourself.
So please do feel free to support us through this easy and safe method of donating!
Its easy: all you have to do is go to any participating BP, Engen or Caltex garage, fill up and notify the attendant of Litres for Education, providing them with our unique number #509 …..and 10c  per litre goes towards PCH. The wonderful thing is that
you DON’T pay an extra cent more.
Just remember to say the next time you are filling up – Litres for Education #509.
Please don’t forget to like and follow our social media pages for other interesting daily posts:
Facebook page: Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home
Twitter handle: @PMB_CH
Instagram handle: @pmbchildrenshome
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