‘Making-a-difference’ vision realised

2015-09-15 06:00
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eKhayalethu Care Centre pupils build puzzles.

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GROWING up in a big family was challenging for Sbonelo Ngema of KwaNgcolosi near Hillcrest which made him realise the things he wanted to achieve in life.

Ngema, founder of eKhayalethu Care Centre, a non-profit organisation for orphans and vulnerable children, said all he ever wanted was to make a difference in childrenand#039;s lives.

“I grew up in a big family with nine siblings. My father was the breadwinner and my mom was a housewife. Life was good until everything changed when I was between the ages of 12 and 13. My father married a second wife which made it difficult for him to manage family responsibilities,”

“I am not against the custom of having two wives, but one has to manage and be responsible because it affects the family.

“My life was affected - I couldnand#039;t get what I needed like school shoes and all the things a child needs. Emotionally I was hurt because he abandoned us, including my mum. My parents separated so we were forced to live with my grandmother.”

After this turn of events, he had a dream that grew within him over the years.

“After seeing how my life drastically changed over the years I had a vision that one day I would change a childand#039;s life. I did not want any child to go through what I went through. It was awful and I wouldnand#039;t wish it on anyone.

“My dream became reality in 2006 when I established the eKhayalethu­ Care Centre in KwaNgcolosi in Inanda Dam Wall. I realised that in my community there are a lot of disadvantaged children and most of them are without parents,” said Ngema.

The centre is a non-residential hub which provides food parcels, school uniforms and clothing for children.

“At the moment we do not have a residence however, we are office-based and help 45 to 60 children on our database. We recently embarked on another project whereby we opened a crèche.

“The centre also has a skills development project which generates income for most of our clients. We conduct brick-making, tent-hiring and camping projects. All our projects are based on funders and sponsorship.”

He said the crèche was built with the help of centre members however, they need electrical appliances.

“We would appreciate donations of electrical appliances since we built the crèche with our own money. We also need a good Samaritan who will assist us with fencing our premises, or any form of building material.”

If anyone wishes to donate towards eKhayalethu Care Centre they can contact Ngema on 082 486 5664 or email ekhayalethucares@gmail.com

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