Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 27
As much as it is true that it takes a village to raise a child, it is true that it takes a village to care for the elderly. And why should the village shy away from this beautiful responsibility, seeing as it is these very old people who have made us all possible?
Lingilihle Old Age Home doesn’t shy away from the responsibility, but embraces it. Since it was founded in 1992 by Regina Jantjies and a few other community members, the old age home has been entirely in the service of the seniors of Zolani, Ashton.
The reason for its conception was Regina’s realization that the elderly people in her tiny Western Cape Town were being neglected by their family members who had no idea how to care for them properly, and often exploited for their state pensions.
With a generous financial contribution from the municipality, the first phase of Lingihlile was built, and in 1994 Regina and her team welcomed the home’s very first resident. Since then, the premises have been extended with the help of aid from the National Lottery, and the team has grown to include 19 qualified staff members.
These staff members and Lingilihle’s manager, Amanda Mtsamayi, take round the clock care of Zolani’s elderly who can no longer take care of themselves. The home currently houses 27 residents.
Amanda tells in grateful tones of all the help the home receives, but it still adds up to not quite enough.
Nursing staff members is expensive, and so are things like the necessary equipment. Amanda and her team welcome any assistance which enables them to continue caring for the seniors in their community and beyond.
Photographer: Fiona from Finh of the Lens Photography | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Elderly, Welfare