Letter from a NEA staff member…
It was last year in April when I received a call from Marlie. It was not just any call to me but it was a call that changed my life forever. I had been searching for work since 2005, and in all these years I had no luck in finding a job. In 2010 me and my family moved to Pretoria because my husband had been given a job to come and work at the Union Buildings. Again I started looking for a job everywhere, I had been praying to God to please give me any job even if it meant being a cleaner or scrubbing toilets or working as a security guard because I have security guard training.
Marlie and Lanie gave me a chance at life when I thought all doors have been closed for me, they never judged me but instead they put their trust in me and gave me my first job as an aftercare coordinator. Since I started working at the aftercare, not only has my life changed but also my health. After having lost all my family members from home, my dad, brothers, sisters and then my mother, I sadly fell into depression because I am finding it hard to accept what has happened to my family.
Thanks to the all mighty God because ever since I started working for NEA Foundation After-care, I feel like the Lord has given me a second chance to feel like I belong again. I wake up every day with a purpose in life. I am always looking forward to going to work so I can see all the smiles in all my children’s faces when we greet each other and all the hugs we give to each other.
Working at the aftercare helps me keep my mind off from all sad memories I have about my passed family. It makes me focus more on the relationship I have build with my bosses, because of their love and trust they have given to me, every day I come to work I always give my best to work as hard as I can just to show them how thankful and grateful I am that today I am able to provide for my kids some of the needs that they need.
Working with my little angels at work has given me the privilege to not only be a mother to the kids I have given birth to, but also add more children who love me and I love them back. Even though I am not yet qualified but since working at the aftercare, I have developed a passion of working with kids, so much so that it is now my dream that I can one day study for Childhood Development and have a chance at taking our aftercare further.
My wish is to one day see NEA Foundation grow bigger, and in order for that to happen, I and the other staff of NEA have to give it our best every day we come to work. Keeping children’s parents happy and always being friendly is one of the best ways for us to build a good relationship with our children’s family so that they can also put their trust in us for looking after their kids.
Making sure that the children’s homework is done properly every day and every week is the only way that we can succeed. Playing with the children comes by nature to me and maybe that is one of the reasons my relationship with the children is so strong. I know that it is not always good days at work with the kids and sometimes with some parents, but God never promised us all happy days, but like with all other families, our family also has its days.
As I am about to go on maternity leave, I’ll be taking a lot of good and positive memories with me. Through this pregnancy I don’t know how I would have made it without the love and support from my boss lady and my friend Lelanie and her father. For me getting this job did not just give me a career, but also a second family.
Come shining or rainy days, my life will always be at NEA Foundation. The job I believe was sent to me by God because my mother as an angel helped me get this job and therefore I will always make that I not only make my bosses proud, but also all angels looking down at me and shining their love towards me.
I would like to give thanks to NEA Foundation for giving people and woman like me, a chance to show that we are very responsible and even though some of us don’t have qualifications, it doesn’t mean we are worthless.
I thank you for helping me get a chance to start somewhere. Together you and I will stop the rain and make the sun shine for all those kids who don’t get love at home. NEA aftercare is going to make sure that they are always happy.
Lots of love
Thank you from Jeanette