Visiting our home

We encourage visiting Christine Revell Children’s Home to all who are concerned about the welfare of children living in difficult circumstances. It is so easy to simply go on with our normal day-to-day lives and not concern ourselves with those less fortunate, or to push these thoughts to the back of our mind.

Visiting a home such as ours will bring more awareness of the plight of these children and encourage us to a greater sense of gratitude for our blessings. It also encourages our staff and children, and hopefully our visitors will leave with a desire to spread awareness of the home to their friends, family and colleagues.

If you are unable to visit our home you could get involved in other ways – read more about how you can Help Us.

If you are able to visit and would like to bring something for the children, may we ask you to please not bring unhealthy sweets and drinks but to select items from the list below. The children do get opportunities to eat chocolates and sweets, but we need to monitor what they eat and when, so we prefer it if our visitors rather bring items from our list.  We appreciate your assistance in this regard – thanks!

healthy snacks

Please choose healthy snacks

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Children’s Cots Renewed

Our babies/toddlers cots were in desperate need to be resprayed as they were looking rather miserable. The Medical Renovations and Supplies CC quoted the job to cost over R 36000.00.

cots needing renovation

Babies Cots before renovation

Thanks to our generous and caring sponsors Acceleration Media, Mazor Steel and Stigting tot Steun Chritine Revell Children’s Home (from the Netherlands) through Waterfront Rotary we managed to get all the expenses covered for the children to have virtually brand new cots.

Not only were the cots fully repaired, galvanised and dipped in a non-toxic coating, but the wheels and brakes were also replaced.

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Airport Visit

CRCH outing to Cape Town International AirportOur Grade R children got to go on a special outing on the 19th October – they visited Cape Town International Airport! The kids were very excited, and even more so when they received a treat of milkshakes and waffles at the Wimpy, sponsored by Freudenberg Nonwovens.

It is such a pleasure to be able to treat our children to outings and we greatly appreciate sponsors and donors who make this possible. The environments many of our children come from means they don’t often get treated to special outings, so it means a lot to them.Read More

Snack Dance

fundraising danceWe are have a fundraising Snack Dance again! We have held this event for a couple of years now and it’s a fun way to bring in some much-needed funds for our Children’s Home, so please won’t you mark the date in your diary and on your calendar and come and join us.

Why don’t you get a group together? If you have 10 or more people in a group you can reserve a table, so think about who you can invite to come along.Read More

A Birthday at Christine Revell Children’s Home

Birthday party at Christine Revell Childrens home

Velma Bedderson in birthday colours

Velma Bedderson from Plumstead celebrated her 40th Birthday on Saturday with friends and family by painting the passage walls of Christine Revell Children’s Home in Athlone. Velma got involved this year through the group Arise – who volunteer their services once a month doing Saturday morning activities with the children.Read More

New Social Worker

We would like to introduce our new social worker, Shireen,  who started working on the 1st September 2011 at Christine Revell Children’s Home.

Shireen van Reenen (nee Adonis) matriculated in November 1989 from the Athlone Senior Secondary School in Cape Town. Her interest in social work motivated her to further her studies in this field and she completed her Social Work Degree in 1994 at the University of the Western Cape.Read More

Women’s Day

Women's DayWe hosted our 6th Annual Women’s Day Celebration on the 9th of August. Our theme was “Women of strength”.  The event was supported by 75 of our host parents, volunteers, staff and foster parents.

The guest speaker, Mrs Sandra Fortuin, insightfully talked about how unconditionally our volunteers and host parents love our children. She remarked how special this love is and that they surely will be blessed.

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New Opportunities

In June we sadly said good-bye to three of our staff members:

  • Sarita Sirmongpong (social worker)
  • Patricia Sias (child care worker)
  • Rowena May(child care worker)

This however has provided opportunities for 2 of our relief workers to be promoted: Zumeka Duka and Merle Jacobs have now accepted permanent positions as Child Care Workers. Rayleen Gertse has been promoted to Creche teacher in the toddler section.

Zumeka Duka, Child Care Worker

Zumeka Duka, Child Care Worker

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Mandela Day

Wow, Mandela Day was a hectic day. We would like to thank those who chose to visit the Christine Revell Children’s Home for their 67 minutes of service:

We had a group of SA Navy staff that completed their 67 minutes, or rather 4 hours, cleaning the windows on the outside of the building. It was really a great job because they came ready with their ladders and cloths – it was a great team effort. Some of the female officers also spent some time with the babies and they donated some party packets for the older group of children.

During the afternoon Brimstone Investment Corporation delivered 100 blankets for the children’s home and cuddled and played with the babies in the baby section.

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Brimstone Investment Corporation staff with our babies

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Launch of our new website

This is the start of an all new era, where we can post news about our Home and the children, where you can interact with us and learn about what we do at the Christine Revell Children’s home.

We would love feedback so please contact us or leave a comment. Maybe you’ve been a volunteer or maybe would like to become one – check out our Volunteer opportunities.

If you aren’t sure how to contribute, have a look at the ways we seek Help from the public or corporates.

Volunteers at Christine Revell Children's Home