‘Care’ organisation transforms lives

2016-07-12 06:05
 Photo: supplied KwaCare staff prepare food in the soup kitchen.

Photo: supplied KwaCare staff prepare food in the soup kitchen.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

KWACARE’s vision is to transform impoverished families into people who are able to provide for themselves.

The Pinetown organisation works mainly with the KwaDabeka community.
KwaCare’s managing director, Lauren du Randt said: “More than 100 000 people live in KwaDabeka, with many living below the poverty line. Around 70% of people are unemployed and only 25% finish high school. More than 1 000 households are child-headed and many families live in shacks and makeshift homes with no running water or electricity.

“Our vision is to see our community transformed where families no longer live in poverty, but are able to provide for themselves and look to the future with hope. In the short term we work to meet some of the immediate physical needs of socially and economically vulnerable people by meeting their needs in practical and relevant ways.
“In the long term we work to resolve the causes of poverty, thereby alleviating its impact in people’s lives. Our projects focus on reaching some of the poorest and most vulnerable people such as orphans and vulnerable children, single parents, youth, widows and the elderly, people who are sick or disabled, and victims of rape and abuse.”

KwaCare is involved in various projects, including food security, education projects and rape and trauma victim support.
“We provide monthly food parcels for some of the most impoverished and vulnerable families in the community. We run a school soup kitchens providing meals for children who don’t get enough to eat at home, this helping them to concentrate on their school work.

“We assist orphans and other highly vulnerable children to attend school by paying their school fees, uniforms, transport, stationery and other schooling costs. We also run a mentorship programme for them and assist orphans and vulnerable children who come from impoverished and disadvantaged homes to study at tertiary level. “We reach out to victims of rape and trauma in practical and relevant ways where we give them ‘comfort bags'. These are given to rape survivors at the RK Khan Thuthuzela Care Centre. These bring comfort and dignity while they wait to receive medical assistance. The bags contain soap, underwear, a snack and toiletries. The children’s bags also have a soft toy.”

Counsellors are unable to meet the demand for rape trauma support. KwaRescue provides a specially trained trauma volunteer who gives free counselling services to ensure more victims are reached and helped.

Packed lunches are given to children who testify against their perpetrators at the Pinetown and Durban courts. Many of these children travel many hours to get to court, arriving tired and hungry. The lunch helps them to cope better with the ordeal of the court process.”

For more information, email Lauren on lauren@kwacare.org.za or phone 076 824 4039 or visit www.kwacare.org.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.