Happy smiles from young and old!

Rand Aid’s Thembalami Care Centre and Willowbrook Montessori Preschool in Buurendal have teamed up to initiate an intergenerational project between Elders and the younger generation.

Four residents from Rand Aid’s Thembalami Care Centre recently visited the preschool to spend some quality time with the children.

The residents – Heather Abrams, Aisla Lee, Maureen Wigoder and Tony Peters – enjoyed reading, building puzzles and baking with the children, followed by delicious cake and tea.

The children loved singing to them and the residents, singing along, were taken back to their childhood.

“The outing made our residents extremely happy. They were beaming and thanked us for the experience. The children also really enjoyed their time with the residents,” says Thembalami’s manager, Esme van der Walt.

“We are planning to do this every second month. It will give our residents something to look forward to, which will significantly contribute to their happiness and well-being,” she adds.

  • Photographs of the children used with permission.
Shirley Sibeko, an occupational therapy assistant from Thembalami Care Centre, interacts with the children.

Heather Abrams enjoyed reading to one of the children at Willowbrook Montessori Preschool.

Aisla Lee enjoying her time with the little ones at Willowbrook Montessori Preschool.

Tony Peters baking with the children.

Maureen Wigoder reading to the children.

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