Sizanani Outreach Centre Nkandla | The Mercury Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home – KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
The weather in KwaZulu Natal for Just Footprints’ first camp in December was warm and sunny, making for lots of enjoyment on the beach – and sunshine and fun was exactly what was needed for 122 orphaned children for whom the camp was the greatest treat of their lives. The children were drawn from the Sizanani Outreach Programme of the Nkandla district of KZN, a mobile home-based care service in the district that delivers counselling, HIV-testing, peer education, social, medical and legal services. The highlight of the camp was undoubtedly the arrival of Father Christmas with an age-appropriate gift for each child. This was followed by a scrumptious Christmas lunch – the only festive meal the children were likely to have ever received. The six-day camp was sponsored by Independent Newspapers. Many of the children on the camp had never been out of their home district, so seeing the sea for the first time, travelling to Hibberdene on a bus, and even such a simple activity as stopping at a service station were huge treats, enjoyed to the full by every child.