Morester faces financial constraints

Grè Erasmus and Ria Naudè.

NEWCASTLE CBD – Morester Children’s Home is in dire need of financial assistance and faces possible closure.

Over the years, the home has received a subsidies from the Department of Social Development (DSD), as well as receiving financial support from the community.

“Our constant income is in the form of the subsidies from the Department of Social Development, but unfortunately, the amount only covers 65 per cent of our monthly expenses,” said KwaZulu-Natal Christian Social Service social worker manager, Grè Erasmus.

These costs go towards salaries, municipal accounts, rent and everything the children need in terms of care, food, clothing, as well as educational and medical costs.

While the subsidies did not cover all costs, it helped enormously. However, the DSD has now cut its funding.

The are 42 children in Morester Children’s Home, whereas Home Meah has 18 babies. The grants from DSD helped fund both homes.

From April 1, DSD subsidies will now only be enough for 35 children in the home.

“It has a large impact on our budget, with the implication that we will have to send some of our children to the Morester Children’s Home in Ladysmith,” Mrs Erasmus said.

Four staff members were also retrenched.

“In order to keep providing quality care to our children in need, who have found a safe home in Morester Newcastle and Home Meah, we need an extra income of approximately R15 000 per month,” Mrs Erasmus said. This money will be used to pay the rent for facilities.

“The children have been placed in the home’s care because either their family’s could not afford to keep them, or they were neglected or abused. Keeping the home open is of the utmost importance.”

Presently, Home Meah will not be affected too much. However, the home will need to make certain budget cuts to ensure the babies in its care will not suffer because of the lack of funding.

“We appeal to the community to help us keep our doors open. If 15 businesses or people could commit themselves to contribute R1 000 a month or R12 000 per year, we will be able to keep caring for the children,” Mrs Erasmus said.

Mrs Erasmus will be managing the home during this time. She can be contacted on 083 269 9056 or 034 312 3473.

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