Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 40
In 1992, Priscilla Govender had a vision. Visions are personal things, not to be shared with the world at large, but from that day neither Priscilla nor Brackenham – the KwaZulu Natal suburb she calls home – would ever be the same. The vision urged her to do one thing: protect the children.
In the years following that, she first began taking vulnerable and orphaned children – of which Brackenham has an abundance – into her home. It was only in 1999 that Ikhayalethu Child and Youth Centre was founded.
The centre has care workers who care for 40 children round the clock. These children are referred to Ikhayalethu by the Department of Social Services and are either orphans, victims of unthinkable abuse, or both. Under the loving supervision of a team of caregivers who seek to empower and uplift them, these children learn to flourish again. In the cottages where they live, they find a home once more.
The idea is that a child comes into the centre and leaves into the arms of an adequate caregiver – preferably a family member. This isn’t simple and it is often the case that children stay at the centre for more than two years while a better living situation is negotiated for them.
The point for the team is not to permanently house these children, but to ensure that they have a functioning, loving home to return to.
Ikhayalethu sister-entity – Siyabonga shelter, which is situated on the same premises, does what it can to provide a haven for abused women. Together, these two entities form The House of Shalom.
The centre receives a monthly grant from the Department of Social Development. This grant is invaluable to the running of Ikhayalethu, but doesn’t allow the team to provide to their beneficiaries all that they need to provide, nor does it enable them to help more than 40 children at a time.
Their biggest wish is to make Ikhayalethu a comfortable, cosy environment for those who call it home temporarily, and to be able to provide assistance to all the children in the area that require it.
Photographer: Pauline Hibbert from Pauline Hibbert Photography | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Abuse Victims, Children and Youth, Community, Counselling, Poverty Alleviation, Vulnerable Children, Welfare