Sandton Doggy Daycare in Sandton, South Africa is a poplar center that has one important difference, its owner solely employs young people withone thing in common, they all have a disability.The idea came after Tamara Coumbis's stepson, Julian, who has a learning difficulty, found it almost impossibleto get a job. So far, he had only been able to find volunteer work, which left him unable to make money.[caption id="attachment_33085" align="alignnone" width="600"]
Julian Coumbis, Sandton Doggy Daycare's first employee. Source: News24[/caption]Becoming frustrated with the unfair situation, Tamara tookmatters into her own hands. She decided to open her own 'doggy daycare' center, where Julian would be the first employee.[caption id="attachment_33084" align="alignnone" width="600"]
Tamara Coumbis, founder of Sandton Doggy Daycare. Source: News24[/caption]The young man's father, Ron, described their decision to open the center to News24:
We thought no ways, we are going to create opportunities ourselves, we don’t have to wait for somebody else to give Julian a job opportunity. And the great thing about that is that it has created opportunities for plenty other special needs people.
Currently, the daycare employs three disabled young people on a full time basis, along with two volunteers, that Tamara hopes will soon become paid employees. Everyday, some 30 dog owners trust the center with their beloved pets.
They have all been completely won over by the work of Julian and his colleagues, whooffer an abundanceof love and attention to the animals. Tamara describes:
There’s a real love, it’s not just a job. It’s giving them hope and a life and something to do every day. Besides that they earn a market related income now, they just have a purpose which I think everybody needs.
Everyday Julian and his colleagues show that their disability does not hold them back, and that they make fully capable and competent employees.
If you would like to know more about Sandton Doggy Daycare, you can visit their Facebook site by clicking, here.Watch the News24 report on the center below:[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtsbzadCaOI[/embed]
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