Siyaphambili Orphan Village

Ndileka founded the orphan center in her house in 2005 because of the high rate of mortality due to HIV/AIDS especially women who live their young children without support and people to take care of them. The Siyaphambili Orphan Village takes care of 250 orphaned and vulnerable children "OVCs" and includes 85 grandparents, 35 CHILD headed Households and 25 Teen mothers. It serves a hot lunch daily to all and full meals for the children in residence, currently 7 in number, though the number fluctuates up to 35 and many more show up to be fed daily. The Village has 10 volunteers and 7 committee members. It has received funding in the past from foreign NGOs from Sweden, Italy, the...

Siyaphambili Orphan Village
17 Mshumpela Way
Settlers Way
Langa, Cape Town 7455
South Africa
0823995028
http://www.siyaphambili.org.za

Founder and Director

Ndileka Xameni

Management Team

Ndileka Xameni, Anele Gqasana, Mongeza Kweqe, Jongi Mashiya, Siphokazi Xameni, Phumezo Kakaza, Thamsanqa Sijila, Chumani Xameni, Sinethemba Nyengule, Nomfusi Mahleza, Mampo Khaji

Board of Directors

Ndileka Xameni, Mongezi Kweqe, Segutya Nomtandazo, Luleka Gongxela, Zintle Tshonti, Gatya Nobanzi, Binqela Mlungiselli, Winifred Mgudlwa, Gongxeka Nokwazi, Anele Gqasana, Mongeza Kweqe, Jongi Mashiya, Siphokazi Xameni, Phumezo Kakaza, Thamsanqa Sijila, Chumani Xameni, Sinethemba Nyengule, Nomfusi Mahleza, Mampo Khaji

Project Leaders

Ndileka Xameni

Mission

Ndileka founded the orphan center in her house in 2005 because of the high rate of mortality due to HIV/AIDS especially women who live their young children without support and people to take care of them. The Siyaphambili Orphan Village takes care of 250 orphaned and vulnerable children "OVCs" and includes 85 grandparents, 35 CHILD headed Households and 25 Teen mothers. It serves a hot lunch daily to all and full meals for the children in residence, currently 7 in number, though the number fluctuates up to 35 and many more show up to be fed daily. The Village has 10 volunteers and 7 committee members. It has received funding in the past from foreign NGOs from Sweden, Italy, the USA and elsewhere.

Programs

Emotional Counseling - many of the orphans are terribly traumatized when they are identified [usually by the schools] and placed at the orphanage and receive daily individual and group talk and play therapy as well as drama, art and group activities. Granparents' Support Group - From early on, Ndileka realized that many of the children in the community were not total orphans, but were being raised by a grandparent [usually a grandmother who had just lost her daughter or son] and these grandparents had no idea about AIDS and how it might affect their grandchildren and thus the weekly support group was started and continues very strong today during which the grandparents get together, do physical exercises and talk about their common issues, share news and information, get relief from the stress of raising their little ones, and feel support. Ndileka also makes frequent home visits to check on each of them and registers each in order for them to receive whatever government grants are available to help support the child in that situation. After School Care - 35 or more children come every day after school for therapy, play, food, help with homework and those with families or grannies then go home for the night. Ndileka provides a safe place for them and nourishment of body and soul. Teenage Pregnancy Support Program - From 2006, Ndileka, in making home visits, became even more aware of the high number of teenage girls with babies living in complete poverty and without support - the fathers take off as soon as they hear of the pregnancy. In this program, highly successful and very important to Langa, the girls get together for company, education, stress reduction, relief and aid and, again, are registered for whatever grants from the government might apply to them. Breast feeding, care and feeding and bathing lessons, support help these young mothers raise their own children and return to school as soon as possible. Teen Father Program - this is a newer program, born from the issues mentioned above, which works to involve the fathers of the teen mothers in the lives of the children they have made - responsibility, support, staying on are the goals of the program. Child-Headed Families - Ndileka and her staff make weekly home visits to 15 child headed families, again due to HIV/AIDS. Some of these households are headed by teenagers trying to stay in school and raise 1, 2, 3 or more siblings with no or little support from other family members. Needs are identified, emotional and physical support come only from the outreach program which Ndileka founded and runs.

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