St George’s Home for Girls

Sponsor: MySchool and Woolworths

The 40 teenage girls who call St George’s Home for Girls their home have been dreaming about a new lick of paint for years. During March their dreams will come true one hundred fold. MySchool and Woolworths will be sponsoring an Extreme Makeover of the entire orphanage. Volunteers from across the Cape are invited to participate and make this project a great success.

The Woolworths Food group, through their Youth Day promotion of June 2009, has generously raised additional funds in benefit of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising organisation which they support. These funds will now to be use for this project to make a meaningful, lasting and sustainable difference within the Wynberg community.

St George’s Home for Girls is currently the only residential care facility in the Wynberg District which provides for children who are abused, abandoned, neglected and orphaned. Children from failed foster placements and those with behavioural problems are also cared for.

The project will be facilitated by NEWKIDZ, a non–profit organisation committed to creating dignified spaces and “extreme” upgrades for institutions in dire need. When asked why MySchool and Woolworths chose this home to receive the makeover Pieter Twine, General Manager of MySchool had this to say,” The St George’s Home for Girls has been around for over 100 year, and the people who work here are extremely dedicated. They have created a caring home, a place of skills training and they are devoted to finding new family homes for these young people with great potential. But, their facilities are poor and hamper their efforts to create proud, self–sufficient women. The enamel bathes are peeling, the rooms are cramped and without enough cupboards or light, they have insufficient study area and their entertainment lounge consists of 3 very broken sofas for all 40 teenagers. During the make–over they will also be creating a new food garden, tiling the stairways, building new bedrooms, upgrading the entertainment area and putting down new floors.

You can help

The project requires the assistance of 300 volunteers who will work in 5 hour shifts from Wednesday 3 March to Sunday 7 March. We kindly request the assistance of any Cape Town residents who is willing to help. Please fill in the volunteer form by clicking the link above, or contact, or call 083 283 0576


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