Date published: 14 February 2018
Itumeleng Drop in Centre is one of the 37 drop-in-centres of Come Together CBOs Consortium, a community-based non-profit organisation (NPO) which provides support services for disadvantaged people and a safe haven for vulnerable children. The organisation assists orphans as well as other vulnerable children and youth from 6 to 18 years of age with their homework, life skills training as well as providing them with 2 nutritious meals a day. The children take part in physical activities, traditional dance and music. The organisation also runs awareness workshops on teenage pregnancy, HIV and AIDS. Computer and sewing lessons are also offered at the centre. In addition, a food gardening project is run to supplement the feeding scheme.
Pastor Ebrahim Maila, Come Together CBOs Consortium NGO leader, says, “Add Hope began supporting us from 2013 and we have been able to significantly increase the number of children we help feed on a daily basis. We now feed over 2 800 children a day across 7 villages in the Capricorn District Municipality, offering them a meal a day as they sometimes have nothing to eat at home.”
Maria Seabi, manager at Itumeleng Drop in Centre, says that the Add Hope funds will enable her and her colleagues to continue to help many children at the 7 drop-in centres in the area. “We have 135 children at Itumeleng, 112 Sedibeng, 148 at Thakgalang,109 at Lerato La Bana, 115 at Ramogale Rata Bana, 92 at Mmanawe and 43 at a centre for children with disabilities, the Matlatse ke Lerato Service Centre. All of these children benefit from essential food and nutrition. Thank you to Add Hope and to everyone who donates, you are really helping us to change the lives of these children. May you continue to feed more children in our communities.”
R2 donations from KFC customers, combined with KFC social responsibility funds, go directly to feeding 120 000 children through 12 national and 125 local beneficiary organisations that Add Hope supports around the country. Thabisa Mkhwanazi, the KFC Public Affairs Director for Africa and Add Hope champion, says, “We’re proud to be making a difference in the Limpopo through our NGO partners like Come Together CBOs Consortium. The latest Poverty Trends in South Africa report shows us that Limpopo is one of the provinces worst hit by the ongoing struggle against poverty. Malnutrition due to poverty is a great threat to healthy childhood development and the situation remains critical. The more we can raise, the more children we can help in Limpopo and all over South Africa. Thank you for Adding Hope!”