Giving a better future

2016-05-10 06:00
Ikhethelo’s Childrenenjoying an afternoon of play time.

Ikhethelo’s Childrenenjoying an afternoon of play time.

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IKHETHELO Children’s Village, formerly known as Makaphutu, is a registered non-profit organisation which gives a better life and future for children with a tragic background.

Ikhethelo's Associate Development director Ruth Mthembu said KwaZulu-Natal has one of the highest rates of HIV/Aids which is the primary cause of the orphan cycle.

“Each child has a compelling story, a tragic case history of an unthinkable beginning to life. Each child comes to us having been stripped from an opportunity to create and envision their future. With 48 children under our care, we strive to provide them with opportunities to create and envision their future.

“We give a child a fresh start in a loving, supportive community. Our children’s greatest need is love, and we attempt to give them that love through everything we do, including education, counselling and the teaching of life skills necessary to succeed.

“We help our children feel nurtured and secure by creating a safe and loving environment in which they can, not only be restored, but flourish. We allow each child to reach their full potential by encouraging a love for learning, self-discipline and a sound work ethic. As we love and encourage our children we help them to believe in their importance as individuals to succeed and we nurture the diverse and unique talents of every child.

She said Ikhethelo Children’s Village is not a stereotypical orphanage, but instead tries to create a healthy home environment within each cottage, which itself is part of a loving, vibrant, safe village community.

“IKhethelo has six cottages functioning as family units. Each family unit consists of a house mother caring for a group of eight children, as in a natural family. The cottages each have six bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open plan living kitchen area and are suitably furnished and equipped. The house parents are the foundation on which each family is built.

“The house parents receive weekly training and on-going support from the management team including our social workers, guest psychologists and developmental experts to improve parenting skills and address each child’s particular needs.

“Last year we began our own home-schooling programme for our primary school children. Being staunch believers in education we believe in delivering holistic and quality education to our children.”

She added Ikhethelo's main aim is that by providing a good home environment, love and care they will be able to empower children to take charge of their future.

“They form part of the next generation and because of that we stand firmly behind them. Through the 15 years of the organisation’s existence it is evident that this is not an individual effort, but one that can be achieved with the help of the local community and businesses.”

For more information, call Ruth Mthembu on 079 137 8310 or email ruth@ikhethelo.org or visit www.ik hethelo.org

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