Londotanani Drop in Centre
Thuthukisa was approached by the Londotanani Drop in Centre in Venda. This centre caters for more than one hundred orphaned and vulnerable children. Their immediate need was for school uniform and clothes for the children. Thuthukisa rose to the challenge, responded to the call and met this need.
Bothehadi Nursery & Primary School
An outreach to Bothehadi Nursery / Primary School was conducted. This outreach targeted the grade R and grade1 disadvantaged children of this school in Sebokeng. In partnership with Pick’n Pay, Thuthukisa gave school bags, stationery and food to approximately 100 children.
Mamelodi Society For The Care Of The Aged
Thuthukisa gave 10 hospital beds, including 1 hydraulic bed, 3 cots and bedside cupboards to the Mamelodi Society for the Care of the Aged.
Donated A House
In November, Thuthukisa in partnership with the Sowetan Newspaper, raised funds to buy a house which they donated to a disadvantaged resident of Dube Township. The house was worth R60 000.
Church Street Outreach In Elandspoort
This partnership started in 2003 and has resulted in many lives being changed in this underprivileged community. Thuthukisa supports the Church Street Outreach monthly through financial contributions and in kind in the form of foodstuffs, clothing and educational materials. The various materials and supplies are used to conduct educational workshops in domains such as painting, building blocks, jig-saw puzzles which aids the cognitive and physical development of these vulnerable children. The workshops contribute tremendously towards early childhood development and to promoting intellectual stimulation in pre-schoolers. Approximately 400 children have gone through these developmental workshops and are doing well socially and in school. Without these programmes, many of the children would go on to under-perform academically, and this would lead to behavioural problems, failure and involvement in gangs and crime. Plans are underway to come up with a nursery school at the beginning of next year, 2012.
“Cherish a Child” Outreach.
This outreach targeted 100 underprivileged children from Elandspoort. Thuthukisa hired two buses, and transported the children from Elandspoort to the Conference and Function Centre in Faerie Glen, Boardwalk in Pretoria East, where they were treated to a fun day. The children were lavished with so much love, and were provided with a cooked nutritious meal and clothing in the form of shoes, tracksuits and underwear. For many of the kids, this was their first time to have shoes on their feet.
“Women of Destiny” Outreach.
This outreach was targeted for the women of Elandspoort. It was a celebration of who they are and the work that they do as mothers. They were treated to a day out in Johannesburg to a top hair salon called TREsemme′, where they were given a first class hair treatment care. Afterwards, the women were motivated and inspired to continue the good work of motherhood by one of the members of Thuthukisa. They were also taken to lunch at a restaurant.
The Tswane District Hospital Outreach
This outreach started in 2009 when upon visiting the hospital, we realised that there was great need for physical, emotional and spiritual care for mothers and their new born babies. Some of these are first time mothers with premature babies or mothers giving up their children for adoption. Often times they come to the hospital unprepared, either with inadequate baby clothing or in some cases, none at all. A good number come from different parts of Africa with no family in South Africa. Through Thuthukisa, we help them with baby clothes, and also encourage them through prayer and counselling which helps restore their hope and assure them that someone loves and cares for them. We also provide the new mums with toiletries, a Bible, face cloths and other essentials. Through the programme baby clothing, baby blankets, booties, beanies’, new-born vests and baby toiletries are provided. Many of the clothing items are especially hand-made for them by members of the church’s hospital outreach team.
Bronkhorstspruits Shelter’s ChildrenSince 2009, Thutukisa has been partnering with a shelter for abused women and their children in Bronkhorstspruit. There are more than twenty children in this shelter at any given time while their mothers are staying there. Many of these children are very emotionally abused, as well as malnourished. Thuthukisa assists with free professional psychological counselling, child protection, clothing, and education for pre-schoolers. Stationery and other equipment for the nursery school, and a television set for the kids edutainment has also been provided to the shelter.
Shelter For Abused Women
Thuthukisa provided the shelter for abused women and their children in Bronkhorstspruit with nursery school equipment in the form of stationery, furniture and a television set for the children’s edutainment.
New Day Ministry
Since 2011, Thuthukisa has been in partnership with New Day Ministry which runs a feeding scheme in Pretoria East. Through monthly financial contributions and donations of food, this feeding scheme has been empowered to continue serving OVCs, widows, single mothers, and families that have lost their jobs due to the global economic downturn. Through funding from Thuthukisa, New day cooks and prepares food daily and Thuthukisa is responsible for the delivery of the food to the beneficiaries. 420 people benefit from this programme daily.
Caring For The Aged
This project was probably the most memorable project that Thuthukisa carried out in 2011. It was carried out in December as part of Christmas party present for the aged to MASCA.The Youth Ministry and other volunteers from the Household of Christ came out in large numbers and prepared mealie pap, T-bone steak, chicken and boerewors for the 56 residents of MASCA and their staff. Christmas gift packs of food and toiletries as well as clothing were also given to the 56 residents of this organisation.