Amy Bell Centre for Children
The Amy Bell Centre for Children is the headquarters for a group of several projects in the community of Cradock South Africa that serves underprivileged children and young people throughout the community. It all began when Amy and her dad were on a hunting trip in Cradock with the Tam family. During their time with the Tams, Amy visited a project in the local community that was focused on supporting children in need who were orphaned because of the ravages of HIV Aids in that area. During her visit to the project, Amy learned about the work that the Tam family and others in that community were doing in support of these children and she simply asked, “Can I help?”
As a result of her interest in helping the Tam’s and their community serve these underprivileged children, what we know today as Amy Bell Charities began. Amy Bell visited a converted tool shed next door to the Cradock Hospice House. With a special gift from Amy, combined with the resources of the Tam family and other supporters in the Cradock community, the converted tool shed became a sizable day care center to better look after those HIV-Aids orphans.
Today, with the continuing support of Amy Bell Charities, the Tam family, and numerous other supporters throughout the Cradock community, Amy Bell Centre has become the hub for programs that include schools, classroom additions, child-care facilities, a hostel for our High School students on scholarship, as well as a school for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also includes programs that provide after-school tutoring for younger children, a computer literacy center, a scholarship program for both gifted and talented high school students as well as a scholarship program for certain qualified Cradock students to attend University.