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Kambala and The Infants' Home: world's apart, so much in common

- September 10, 2012

110 years is a long time to be friends.

When Anita Kumar, the CEO of The Infants’ Home, addressed a group of students at Kambala recently, she was able to talk about a rich history of shared achievement.

Louisa Gurney founded Kambala in 1887 at Woollahra – 13 years after The Infants’ Home opened its doors as an orphanage in nearby Paddington.

Back then, few could have imagined that both Kambala and The Infants’ Home would thrive to become two of Sydney’s most enduring institutions.

The Junior School girls at Kambala listen to Anita Kumar talk about the work of The Infants' Home.
 


Long history of support

The Kambala Old Girls’ Union has been a staunch supporter of The Infants' Home since 1902.

In 1908, the Union made a substantial donation to The Infants’ Home Cot Fund. Also around this time, Kambala students often made dresses for the less fortunate girls of their own age at The Infants’ Home.

The Sydney Morning Herald of May 12, 1934, reported that the Kambala principal, Miss Fifi Hawthorne, made the school available so former students could hold a dance to raise money for the cot they maintained at The Infants’ Home.

From cots to curriculum

While much has changed for children since those early days, there still remains a growing need in our community.

Recent social and economic upheavals means more and more children need support from The Infants’ Home.

So it will be with much pleasure that The Infants’ Home will soon host a group of Year 9 students from Kambala to help with their study of social justice in modern Australia – and to help The Infants’ Home raise funds for its work.

Real life lessons in social studies

The Kambala students will bake cakes; conduct a recycling project and explain sustainability to the children; and run a wood project in one of our centres.

“The Infants’ Home provides early childhood education, care and specialist health services to children with special needs, so we are perfectly placed to show the Kambala students how our work makes a difference to the social fabric of Sydney,” says The Infants’ Home CEO, Anita Kumar.

“We specialise in supporting children and families facing physical, social or financial hardship.

“The Kambala girls will get a slice of life here; real-world lessons in what it means to help people build a better future for themselves.”

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