EBE do it for children's home

23 September 2008 | Story by Chris McEvoy

EBE students
House painters: Volunteers from EBE gave the Elukhuselweni Children's Home in Khayelitsha a fresh face for Do It Day.

Staff and students from the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) put their weight behind Do It Day by giving the Bridge at Elukhuselweni Children's Home in Khayelitsha a fresh coat of paint.

Fifteen volunteers from EBE spent Friday 19 September at the children's home, which houses 65 boys, aged between 7 and 18, who have left the streets but cannot go home due to their circumstances. By the end of the day they had painted four dormitories, four senior bedrooms, the dining room, the kitchen and two bathrooms.

"Bright and clean surroundings contribute to the children's self-esteem and pride and by improving the physical environment it lifts the spirits of all the staff and children," said manager of the home, Sonja Basson.

Do It Day, which is organised by Greater Good South Africa, is on the third Friday of September, when people give their time and skills to make a real difference in South Africa.

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