TEAM BUILDING AT RAINBOW OF HOPE – SAFE HOUSE FOR CHILDREN

Thinking about doing something helpful and useful during your next incentive trip? How about helping the South African local community?

Mattie J.T.Stepanek, a young American poet once said these wise words: “unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved”. We could not agree more.

The XO team had the privilege of spending a day at the lovely Rainbow of Hope Safe house for children for an afternoon of team building and it was amazing!

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Equipped with a white t-shirt, some protective gear, paintbrushes and a matching bracelet for every adult and child pair, we were ready for action!

 ABOUT THE RAINBOW HOUSE – WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS
14142013_10153865992086918_2190585964694788632_n-1Rainbow of Hope operates as a place of safety for abused and abandoned children in Cape Town.  The home was established in October 2007, and since then has obtained its NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) and PBO status. As a safe home, Rainbow House is a sanctuary where neglected, abused and abandoned children receive physical, emotional and educational support and care. Their mission? To equip disadvantaged children with the tools, skills and education as well as the emotional support which will see them growing up to be well rounded and positive-minded individuals, ready to play an active and constructive role in the community of tomorrow.

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Since its inception, Rainbow House has cared for and facilitated the successful placement of 82 children.  Eight of these infants were abandoned and a number of them arrived at the home bearing very evident scars of physical and emotional abuse. Currently the facility can provide care for up to 12 children who are cared for primarily by Alison.

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Alison Alexander is the guardian and primary care giver at Rainbow of Hope. Alison’s passion, empathy and die-hard determination have been the reason for many young lives being turned around forever.  In 2009 Alison received the Feather Award from the Female Tribe and First for Women Insurance Brokers in Johannesburg and in 2010 she was presented with the Impact Award from the Baptist union.  Alison went on to be nominated for the Lions ‘Hero of the Year’ award in 2011 and in 2012 won their Louis Volks Humanitarian award for her incredible accomplishments with Rainbow of Hope and her dedication to her community.

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BUT FIRST, LUNCH !

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The whole team were treated to awesome lunch boxes which contained everything for a delicious and energy filled lunches . The kids had their own snack boxes for an after-effort reward, which also included bubble wands and a whole lot of delicious treats.

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EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST!

 Musical stimulation and art therapy and among the wide range of resources which are available to ensure the downward spiral is curbed and reversed. We decided to take upon the fun challenge of painting a mural for the kids to turn their play area into an oasis of colour and help with some gardening to make the outside area conducive for the plantation of grass and flowers. Everyone from the team helped and found their inner child! The kids were provided paintbrushes and paint and could express themselves on the wall, assisting us in filling in the colours inside the design that one of our talented staff had created especially for the occasion.

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XO HAS THE GREEN THUMB! 

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LEAVING OUR MARK

We wanted to leave a personal touch behind so the kids and everyone at the Rainbow House would remember us until we come back! The entire team left their hand imprint next to one of the kids own hand imprint. Hopefully we left an imprint on their heart too!

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Like the saying goes, there is a rainbow of hope at the end of every storm and we hope that each and every child will find their own rainbow in their lives! Allison has been a great host and plays an amazing role in the development of each child’s journey so keep up the good work and see you soon!

 

by Laura de Siebenthal