Gogo opens heart and home to orphans

2016-01-05 06:00
Photo: supplied The Esibusisweni Crèche and Orphanage children in need of assistance.

Photo: supplied The Esibusisweni Crèche and Orphanage children in need of assistance.

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THE Esibusisweni Crèche and Orphanage is in the middle of KwaNyuswa near Botha’s Hill and situated at the top of a steep dirt driveway is a small rondavel, which is home to more than 50 children.

Esibusisweni is the true essence of love, hope and community spirit, caring for children, without payment.
The majority of the children are aged between one and five and need love, care and attention.

The home cares for eight orphans who live at Esibusisweni permanently and more than 50 others who attend the creche.

The Esibusisweni Crèche and Orphanage has very little in terms of supplies, furniture, toys and basic plumbing, but Esibusisweni is kept alive by the gogo - Busiswe Dlamini - who owns the land and runs the orphanage and crèche with the help of some generous locals.

“The gogo started this crèche and orphanage because of her love of children and the need for care in the community,” said Chris Luthuli on behalf of the gogo.

“The gogo says she has the land and what better way to use it than to care for the community in which she lives.”

However, as a non-profit organisation, Esibusisweni Crèche and Orphanage does not receive funding from government and is always looking for ways and means to care for its children.
“We are working on various initiatives to improve both the facilities and the experience we provide to the children we care for,” he said.

Luthuli said the goal of Esibusisweni Crèche and Orphanage is to get a bigger home for the children, as the rondavel they currently occupy is not big enough.

He said that another major necessity is disposal nappies and in addition they require volunteers to assist in the day- to-day care.
They also want to provide nutritional meals for each child every day and provide clothing, blankets, nappies, toys, jungle gym and/or play equipment and daily activities for the children.

Esibusisweni Crèche and Orphanage wants to install and connect a rain water tank to provide water for the building and build at least four toilets.

However, without assistance from the community the organisation cannot afford to offer quality care to the children.

“The community can help with donations, food, clothes, toys and even volunteer at the centre,” he said.

“Any assistance we receive will be greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank the Kloof Methodist Church for the support they have offered us thus far.”

To assist, contact Chris on 076 202 2963.

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