KSS Technologies, a local IT company, has made the 2010 Soccer World Cup a dream come true for many children who would previously not have been able to share in the spirit of this extraordinary event.
The company donated soccer shirts and balls to Kids Haven in Benoni to make it a memorable experience.
Kids Haven rehabilitates children who live and work on the streets and reintroduces them into society. Its mission is to reach out to children on the streets and others in need in the community and strives to provide them with love and shelter in a nurturing, secure environment.
Terri Heatlie, assistant director at Kids Haven Benoni, says they do not have budget for luxuries such as this. ‚The Soccer World Cup was a once in a lifetime experience and we are so blessed that our children could participate in the event. This donation was welcomed because our children would never have dreamt of possessing any Soccer World Cup 2010 memorabilia.‚
Kids Haven aims to give them guidance, therapy, training and support so that they can be the best they can be and take their rightful place in the community. It provides a range of residential developmental intervention programmes to children and youth, addressing their physical, emotional, psychological, educational and spiritual needs.
‚More importantly, we incorporated this event into our educational programme, teaching the children about the various teams, their flags and the different countries. We were also very fortunate to have a big screen television, it allowed them to follow the event with enthusiasm,‚ she adds.
KSS Technologies executive director Rusty Mtshali was proud to be part of this project. ‚It is amazing how such a small donation could have such a significant effect on so many lives, these children have renewed hope and will have fond memories of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.‚