South African girl gives back

South African girl gives back to the children’s home that cared for her as a baby

Enya Hohm moved to TLC Children’s Home in Johannesburg in 2003, and all these years after finding her ‘forever home’, she has chosen to give back to the place that gave her so much.

South African girl gives back

TLC Children’s Home is a home for vulnerable children looking for foster care and adoption in Johannesburg. The Home helps every child in its care to find a loving and responsible family with which they can grow.

“Every baby who arrives at TLC is welcomed into our family with love. We know that, even though they may have been abandoned or born into a difficult situation, these little people deserve the same benefits and care as any other child. We develop an individual and holistic growth plan for each family member that moves through, or comes to stay in our home,” says TLC founder, Mama Thea Jarvis.

Enya Hohm found her forever family shortly after her arrival at TLC as she was adopted by her parents, Silke and Ingo Hohm. Now, thirteen years later, Enya is coming to the rescue of the loving Home that looked after her in her infancy.

TLC Children’s Home was recently targeted by seven armed men who managed to kidnap three orphaned children.

When Enya heard this news, she knew she had to do something to help the place that was a safe-haven for her, so she approached her school.

Enya’s school has a charitable programme that runs and once a year, the funds that are collected are distributed to deserving causes. The children in the school are invited to make presentations for whichever charity they feel deserves the earnings.

The competition is usually quite stiff, and generally, the raised funds are split between a number of classes’ charities. Each class presented their plea via excellently created Powerpoint presentations, in the hope to win the cash for their class’s charity.

“Our little Enya did no such thing. Her heart was so full of love and concern about the tragedy that TLC had suffered, that she simply shared from her heart.

She spoke with deep emotion about how much TLC means to her and how this attack on the precious and sacred place where she had been loved and nurtured during her very fragile beginnings, until she found her own forever family, had affected her.

The idea that somebody would so violently attack this very place of love and peace and its people, grieved her deeply. She made a moving appeal that her class’s money be donated to TLC in South Africa.”

The staff and learners were so moved by Enya’s heartfelt story that it was decided that all the money raised should go to TLC – over R26 000.

“These are the moments in my life when so much delight fills my heart! To know that the children who have been adopted, are not only doing very well in their own lives, but that they remember and revere us here at TLC, as our important work continues.

“Life is often difficult here and there are many sacrifices along the way. But news like this makes it all worthwhile. It is not about the money only, as I am sure you will understand. It is about the heart that remembers, and the love that continues to care.

“This is what brings tears to my eyes,” says Mama Thea Jarvis.