Lockdown, phase 3: 96 days in isolation and still no idea when we will be able to function ‘normally’.

During this time the residential parents have been stripped of all free time they would normally have had and the children had more contact with each other than ever before. Everybody approached lockdown positively but with uncertainty. A great effort was made to constructively occupy the children and keep their minds away from the virus with various activities.

Benefactors came up with various initiatives:

Lockdown 4 race was presented by a number of friends of the children’s home in order to make a contribution towards the funds of the children’s home. 

Nico Nagel undertook a virtual bicycle tour from Pretoria to Nylstroom in order to raise funds for the children’s home.

The minister and a member of the congregation of the Gereformeerde Kerk Warmbad (Reform Church) completed a race to raise funds for various children’s homes.

Matrics and grade 7 pupils went back to school on 8 June.

The grades not yet permitted to go to school are expected to complete school assignments and tests on the internet and to send it back to teachers. Unfortunately our homes are not equipped with internet and only five outdated computers are available in an old computer centre. For this reason the children could not complete their school work because of a lack of computer equipment and software. The Abraham Kriel Children’s Home Nylstroom launched a project to address the situation in order to completely upgrade our computer centre as well as provide computer equipment for 15 homes.

On 17 June the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home Nylstroom formed part of the programme ‘Prontuit’ on kykNET.  

‘WEES’ on Via-TV, is an initiative of the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home Nylstroom that was recorded and broadcasted during 2018. The series is about children who grew up in children’s homes and who made a success of their lives. The series is currently broadcasted on Thursdays at 13:30 and 19:30 and repeated on Friday mornings at 07:30.