Saturday 27th July was another busy day travelling through the townships visiting our assisted charities in Kaalfontein, Ivory Park, Diepsloot and Tembisa. We were welcomed with songs of “Thank you Nashua”, hugs and broad smiles as we handed out lollipops and chips thanks to a generous donation from Reunert.
Thusong Orphanage has been given a facelift with the handy work of the NCCF builder, but is brimming at the seams with 35 children crowded into a tiny home. The newly installed cupboards, kitchen/bedroom divider, secure perimeter fence, as well as the plumbing repairs have improved their living conditions, but they are still not ideal. We also purchased 10 bunk beds which has somewhat alleviated their plight.
The Daycare Preschool Group managed by Frans Leso continues to grow with 16 centers caring for 898 children aged 0-6 years of which we visited two. Kgopelo, where the NCCF builder had already repaired the ablution facilities, will return to repair all illegal wiring, plus to extend the garage to make it a comfortable classroom with a proper door and windows to give it light.
The NCCF will now request that the kitchen be fitted with cupboards, wooden rails be secured around the classroom for the children to hang their bags, jackets and facecloths, and various minor repairs to be undertaken. Agang Bokamoso, our next stop, where an overwhelmed centre manager cried as she thanked us for what we are going to do for her daycare. We will arrange for the building of an ablution block as well as the supply of educational equipment. She explained that she was able to add a much needed classroom to her little facility because of the cost saving thanks to NCCF supplying their groceries.
Thuthukani Centre continues to be run extremely well under the management of Jane Nkosi and her team. More than 300 orphaned and vulnerable children receive day or after care depending on their ages, a meal, assistance with homework and have the opportunity to interact with a social worker on a regular basis.
Ubuhle Bezwe has been receiving NCCF support for the past 6 years, but is also overcrowded with 48 children living on this small property, even with the extensive additions and alterations undertaken by NCCF and SASFIN. House mother Barbra, with the promise of assistance from MTN and a church group, is trying to find a larger home to be able to relocate the orphanage.
Bambi Care Centre received surprise assistance on Mandela Day with a company arriving to erect a much needed shade port and large jungle gym. Centre manager Maureen, has asked for NCCF to add a few items to her next Makro shop as her cooking pots are burnt out and her tiny stove is not coping with the weight of the large pots required to cook for 33 children daily. We will meet these needs.
Our final visit was to a very new look Deflire Orphanage as they too were treated to a facelift on Mandela Day. A gaily painted front wall with tiny garden, astro-turf has replaced the dusty play area, and the entire front yard boasts a gigantic jungle gym. An ablution block as well as one additional bedroom is currently under construction.