None of the children in Herberg Children’s Home in Robertson originate from homes and communities where the sun proverbially always shines and where there is always lovely weather.
The THUNDERCHILD PROJECT was started to address the issues which these children face.
The background of our children is characterised by dark and threatening clouds that sometimes creates the feeling of being pushed into the ground. Thunderchild very accurately describes our children in the most beautiful way – the wonderful power of nature. These children are nature’s wonders who fight through the most threatening and thundering clouds – children that overcome the darkness with the light and beauty and power of an electrical storm, in such a manner that we who deal with them, often stand amazed by their ability to shine brightly after darkness, trauma, hurt and longing.
They are in the real sense true Thunderchildren. The vineyard of the Herberg covers five hectares of land in Van Zyl Street adjacent to the home. Friends of the home suggested in 2002 that it would be more profitable to do away with the aged, unproductive apricot orchard and rather plant a vineyard.
Local wine farming knowledge, as well as cellar facilities was made available for the maintenance and the eventual production of wine. The imagination of the Robertson community and individuals from all over was captured by this proposed project. Work was started with great enthusiasm and contributions in the form of fertilizer, soil preparation; plant material, irrigation and trellising, as well as labour and money were made available to launch the project without any costs for the children’s home. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines were planted in 2003 in equal amounts.
The government subsidizes more or less 48% of the monthly expenses of every child in the children’s home. The rest of the expenses must be fundraised by the home on a monthly basis.
The profit of the wine sales will benefit the income of the home, so that it will be possible to cater optimally for the all-encompassing care needs of every child.
Contact (023) 626 3661 or email email@example.com or visit their website: www.herberg.co.za