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Aryan Benevolent Home Mandela Day Online Fundraiser

The Aryan Benevolent Home of Chatsworth, south of Durban welcomes the public to their online fundraiser concert ‘The Little Acorns’ on Mandela Day, July 18 featuring the children from the ABH Bhai Rambharos Home. The ABH is a 99-year-old non-profit organisation which provides support to the aged, frail, physically and mentally challenged, abused women and children.

This Mandela Day, the ABH will showcase the children of the home in a virtual fundraiser ‘The Little Acorns’ on Mandela Day- 18 July 2020 (Saturday) at 6 pm.  The fundraising concert will be live-streamed on the Aryan Benevolent Home’s Facebook page. There won’t be any physical attendees and supporters will be able to donate online. The children at the ABH’s Bhai Rambharos Home in Chatsworth are excited to participate in the fundraising concert and they hope that they will be able to raise much-needed funds for themselves and their homeschooling at the ABH.

Interim CEO, Naren Pattundeen said: “We care for 100 children at the ABH in Chatsworth, 80 are school-going children and the remaining 20 children are too young to attend school. We started a home schooling project at the ABH five weeks ago. We hired qualified teachers and since then we have discovered unbelievable talent amongst our children. Our teachers have helped our children become more confident and they have made them hopeful and excited about their future. There’s a lot more that we need to do for our children so that they enjoy their childhoods and progress into adulthood. Our aim is to ensure that they are equipped with a tertiary education or technical qualification so that they can become independent. We also want to give them love and compassion so that they can become loving and compassionate adults.

ABH Durban
Mandela Day Concert by the Aryan Benevolent Home

“Due to the risk of the Covid-19 virus and the potential for cross infection on a large campus that houses children and senior citizens residents we have decided to continue home schooling and we will ensure that our children advance to their next grade. We now have the responsibility to nurture our children to their full potential. Our monthly deficit continues to be R520 000 but our support from our community helps us ensure that we provide love and service to our 700 residents which include children, the elderly and victims of domestic violence. We currently need funds to pay our educators and to sustain our schooling program. We hope to raise funds for our home schooling project through our first-ever virtual fundraiser”.

Saranya Devan is an Aryan Benevolent Home volunteer; she produced and choreographed ‘The little acorns’ concert. She said: “The concert commemorates Mandela Day and traces the uprising by youth against Apartheid. ‘The little acorns’ concert also focuses on the plight of the youth today and their hopes and dreams. 

Devan added: “There is a saying: From little acorns, do mighty oaks grow. The acorn metaphor reminds us to look deep inside and discover the seed of something wonderful that is yet to develop. It is my belief that in every child there is a flame of goodness and divinity just waiting to be lit. The children at the ABH have the potential to develop into great leaders and take their rightful place in society”.

Meela Bangtu, Principal of the ABH Children’s Home said: “We are extremely excited to have our children perform in ‘The little acorns’ online concert. This is our first fundraising event since the Covid-19 pandemic. We encourage our donors and everyone who participates in the virtual event to donate to our Home. Every donation counts”. 

If you would like to support the ABH’s fundraiser, you are able to donate to them directly on the details below:

Bank: First National Bank
Account Name: ABH Fundraising
Account No: 508 300 223 44 (Cheque Account)
Branch Code: 250655

For international donations use the SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ
Branch: Chatsworth
Reference: Child and your phone number

International donors can donate via our BackaBuddy appeal here

For further information about the ABH please visit www.abh.co.za or call 061 477 7208 /031 404 9530 or email kish@abh.co.za

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