Caring for Special Needs children comes with many additional expenses and demands which means many orphanages simply can’t cope. This initiative aims to provide support to the Menzi Children’s Home which is home to around 10 children with special needs. It also aims to provide care and education for other children in the local township including those attending the Tsakane Educare Centre.
Menzi Children Home located registered NPO situated in Tsakane Township, founded by Matshidiso Mokoape, has been looking after 7 disabled and 5 able orphaned children since 2005 when she was only 19. She is now 27 and has 12 children in her care.
Menzi Children’s Home Wish List:
- A house of their own
- Nappies (especially size 6 for the bigger children – she currently uses 16 packets consisting of 58 nappies a month)
- Food (maize meal, vegetables, non-perishable foods). The Ikhayalethemba Village and Nceduluntu educare centres have taken on the considerable challenge of providing children with a safe, nurturing, educational environment. Unfortunately lack of funding means they struggle to provide the degree of care they would like or that is needed
We aim to support Menzi Children’s Home to provide quality educational programmes for the children in a safe, secure environment. Donations will fund improvements to the centres, provide resources to further develop educational programs and support training for staff at the centres particularly for children with special needs. This project will fund some much needed equipment which will enable the local staff to provide the best level of care possible.
Early Childhood Development has been identified in South Africa and as a critical point for the country’s social and economic transformation. Supporting local staff to develop their skills and developing effective learning environments will ensure that access to education for these children will continue. By offering help and guidance to those families struggling to care for their children with special needs we hope to reduce the number of children going into care.