this is our story
Chapter 6. Dream Catchers
“Most people want to help – they just need to be given the opportunity”
Our Dream Catcher projects exist to bring hope in the most difficult of circumstances.
An 18 year old orphan blinded by a surgical error, was left to sit at home alone, with absolutely no hope for her future. She had dreamed prior to this accident, that she would one day go to university.
Years later with her unfailing spirit, courage and RDT’s financial and emotional assistance, Palesa is in her third year studying law at Bloemfontein University.
Back in 2006 Rainbow Dreams Trust penned the following goals for the projects and for the organisation as a whole:
- To assist those less fortunate in the community, who prove to be worthy
- To seek and find those who have an impossible dream, primarily children, but not limited to and will include teenagers, adults, groups or bodies who’s purpose is to improve the lives of others
- To assist those who prove to be worthy, but due to their own personal situation, ill health, restraints, financial or physical limitations, would never be able to have their dream fulfilled
- To create hope where hope was long forgotten
- To create happiness where there was only sorrow
- To make a difference in the lives of others
Our Dream Catcher journey began in 2005 with Chantal; a brave young terminally ill woman who dreamed of a white wedding to her beau Andrew
Dannie Kagan, organised a group of warm-hearted community members to make Chantal’s Dream Wedding became real. The venue, catering, designer dresses, bridal cars, honeymoon suite, live music, everything that makes up a dream wedding were donated for free by people who simply wanted to help. It was at this point that Dannie came to the realisation that “most people want to help, they just need to be given the opportunity”.
Chantal’s was the first Dream Catcher story and her spirit the inspiration for many many more…
Across the years Dream Catcher actions have included paying school fees for children from families currently experiencing extreme poverty, purchasing school uniforms equipment, flying a young cancer patient’s grandmother to visit during chemo therapy, providing uniforms for St Joseph’s Xmas choir, rebuilding shacks after storms and fires, doctor’s visits, university fees for dedicated community workers, funeral expenses and counselling in times of need.
IKHAYA Educare Center provides a trusted creche facility for babies and toddlers, sometimes as many as 50 children, if the need arises, in the Philippi township community, of Victoria Mxenga.
The centre is a successful grassroots community service supporting itself from fees paid by most but not all of parents.
The facilities are at the center are very basic , but the principal, Mama Sizwa is passionate about early childhood education and is determined that the infants in her care will have the opportunity to learn reading and writing even at their tender age and in English, as she recognizes the importance of this second language. She is naturally a commanding leader, determined to uplift the children and the community.
We are very familar with the needs of Ikhaya Educare center as the front room of the center is donated to us from 5PM to 7PM every day – this is where our Philippi youth club meets.