Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg

by Kingsway Centre of Concern: Thandanani House of Refuge
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Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg
Transform 22 Children's Lives in Johannesburg

Summary

Our sister organization is a primary school for 250 children from deprived backgrounds in Johannesburg, South Africa. The teachers recognized that many of the children were not achieving academically because of the home circumstances they were returning to every day - no food or electricity, and in many cases no parents. Thandanani ("place of love") was formed to help the worst-of-the-worst of these children and to provide a loving home environment where they could thrive as individuals.

$30,000
total goal
$18,263
remaining
15
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years

Challenge

Zandspruit in Johannesburg is an informal settlement formed by migrant rural families moving to the city for work, resulting in a "suburb" of almost 100,000 inhabitants. It consists of tin shacks, no electricity, no sewage system and limited running water. The unemployment rate is high, as is the crime level, and the victims are the children, many of whom are under-nourished, attending over-crowded schools and often subjected to physical and emotional abuse, thus repeating the downward spiral.

Solution

The only solution is to take the children out of this environment and provide them with a new home. "Thandanani House of Refuge" was thus formed where we are able to offer the children a real home, taking care not to make it feel like an institution. House parents are employed who live on the premises and treat the children like their own, ensuring that they get the love and attention that they need, and the children are enrolled at local schools ensuring that they receive a good education.

Long-Term Impact

Many of our children stay with us until they graduate from high school at age 18, at which point they are ready to either enroll for tertiary education (for which we have a bursary fund), or are able to find a job, thus ensuring that they don't have to return to the environment from which they came, and can go on to become stable caring adults who can start an upward cycle of improvement, reaching their full potential, and contributing to society.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​thandanani.org/​

Organization Information

Kingsway Centre of Concern: Thandanani House of Refuge

Location: Johannesburg - South Africa
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @thandananihouse
Project Leader:
Paul McKibbin
Johannesburg, South Africa
$11,737 raised of $30,000 goal
 
32 donations
$18,263 to go
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