A few words about our charitable organisation
Years in Operation
During the late 1990’s, teachers at the Kingsway School began to note that some of the children from the wider Zandspruit community were in desperate need of shelter and protection from the negative influences of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment (either by parental choice, or AIDS-related death).
With this in mind, a committee of dedicated volunteers began searching for a property. Finally in December 2001 an ideal property was found. It is located adjacent to the Zandspruit Informal Settlement (which is a settlement of ±70 000 shack dwellers to the north west of Johannesburg). The property comprises a large old farmhouse, 3 cottages and various outbuildings, all positioned on a 6 hectare plot of land.
Through the generous donations of our supporters, the land was purchased and some basic renovations were completed in preparation for accepting our first children.
In February 2003 the Thandanani House of Refuge was finally established. The children were housed in the old farmhouse. Thandanani currently cares for 22 children with a staff complement of 2 house mothers, a house couple, 2 domestic helpers, social worker, gardener and administrator. Each child is nurtured, schooled and skilled for a hope-filled future.
In January 2007 we were very excited to open our second cottage which now houses the boys. Sophie and her husband Robert have been diligently serving as house parents in this cottage.
Over the years more than 100 children have passed through the doors of Thandanani. Some of the children who have come to Thandanani have stayed for a short while until their families have been able to take them back, whilst others are living at Thandanani on a permanent basis.
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Volunteering is a fantastic way to both contribute to the needs of Thandanani as well as personally reaping the benefits of being involved in the lives of people less fortunate than yourself.
As with many non-profit organisations, we rely on the generosity of volunteers. Here's a list of possible areas for getting involved with Thandanani House of Refuge. Please contact us if you would like to be involved.
- Birthday parties – arrange once a term
- Arrange a Christmas party in December
- Mentoring – teenage kids
- Baking for the home, including birthday cakes when needed
- Baking with the children and teaching them
- Doing crafts with the children and teaching them
- Professional Counselling
- Aiding with homework/extra lessons in specific subjects
- Run holiday programmes for the kids
- Help with hanging curtains properly, showing kids how to sew buttons/how to hem their clothing etc.
- Fix things around the houses. (As maintenance and handyman activities)