In 2007 the Club announced a four-year international charity partnership with SOS Children's Villages, and over the past year we have been working with the charity on a number of initiatives in support of their work in South Africa.
The focus of our work so far has been in Rustenburg, South Africa, whereby we have been working closely with SOS and have funded the building of our 'Tottenham Hotspur House'.
Our house will provide displaced children with a home and a family, and we are extremely proud to introduce our first family members.
The initial family of five, which will grow over the course of the year, consist of SOS foster mum Patricia and her 'adopted' sons Daniel (15) and his natural brother Lionel (13), Isaac (9), and Lesego (4). All of the boys are keen students and sportsmen who attend the local community primary and secondary schools.
The 'Tottenham Hotspur House', which is uniquely and completely funded by monies received from players' fines, aims to provide orphaned children in South Africa with a family that they can call their own.
Our support will not stop with bricks and mortar.
Already the Club has provided the family with a computer to support their education and we will continue to work with SOS to look for ways to provide the children with a brighter future.
SOS Children's Villages focuses on family-based, long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. Many of the children are victims of war, poverty or natural disasters and are AIDS orphans, street children and sometimes even child soldiers.
In areas where there is a high rate of child abandonment, programmes are also delivered to help strengthen vulnerable families and ensure they remain together.
The Rustenburg village currently has 33 children in six houses, with another 32 children expected to arrive before the end of the year.
Throughout the duration of the season we hope to keep you updated with family life in the 'Tottenham Hotspur House', bring you news of new family members and let you know how you too can be involved.
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