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Help the Ark to help the kids

Monday, May 5, 2014

Some people cannot take no for an answer. They don’t know when to stop and they never take a hint.


Bless their hearts.


The formidable people of the Children’s Ark, a registered non-profit charitable organisation launched late last year, continue to stick their fingers in leaks everywhere. 


Last year, they donated children’s books and educational toys to the Each One Teach One Special School in Beetham Gardens, and now they are building furniture—special semi-circular, pint-sized tables and benches, so the toddlers and infants can comfortably do their lessons and eat their snacks. In the makeshift school under a hot galvanize roof, some of the children, at lunch time, have to sit on sheets spread on the floor, and others can barely see over the tops of the desks. 


But there will be no more of that, once president Simone de la Bastide (wife of the former Chief Justice) and her team complete the project, which also includes new toilets, masonry and painting work.


The children there are so adorable and appreciative of every little gift, I rather suspect the Children’s Ark will always have a paddle in there. 


Next on the list is the Goodwill Industries on Wrightson Road, which provides vocational training for physically and mentally students. The Ark found a benefactor who has bought a shiny new minibus for the students. 


“One brick at a time,’’ might be a good motto for the Ark, since they are not daunted by the size of a problem and the weaknesses in the social services but rather, they identify a target and then leap all over it. Let’s hope they never give up.


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