Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 172
Lilian Khomisani Mkhari noticed that many children in her community of Runnymede village in Limpopo were loitering on the streets with no food to eat for the whole day.
The statistics of the area tell the story… 36% of working-age people are unemployed, which jumps to 48% for those aged between 15 and 34 years. 47% of the households are female-headed households, which is generally seen as poorer than male-headed households.
To add to these dismal statistics is the fact that the dependency ratio of the Greater Tzaneen municipality is no less than 60%. This means that 2/3rd’s of the population is either too young or too old to work and rely on working-age people to provide food for them. The problem is that you can’t buy food without money.
Lilian started Tshembeka Day Care Centre with a goal to provide the children in need with not only nutritional support but also quality education. Every weekday the children are given breakfast and lunch, everything cooked by using firewood as there are currently no other means available. Community members quickly realised the value of her centre, causing the number of beneficiaries to grow to 172 children since it started in 2016.
Lilian dreams of helping even more children, but with only firewood available to cook food, this might not be possible. Although she receives school fees from the parents who can afford to pay, it’s still not enough to allow her to invest in a gas cooker.
Photographer: Mosa Mailula from Abelife Designs & Productions Pty. Ltd | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Eugene du Plessis
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, ECD, Education