The Story of SIYATHUTHUKA Community
Volunteers from the local church in Siyathuthuka have come together to care for their community. These Care Workers have identified and adopted the most vulnerable children into their care and their dream is to bring hope to those living in extreme brokenness. The community of Siyathuthuka remains vulnerable for a number of reasons. There is no clinic in the immediate community. Community members need to travel, often via foot for 7 to 8 kilometres to reach the nearest medical services. Many people suffer from curable diseases, simply because they are physically unable to walk the distance to the clinic or afford a taxi to transport them. The school is located on the edge of the community so many children walk up to 2 to 3 kilometres each way to attend the school, and the children further out from the school are often not seen as a priority for school enrolment, due to the distance.
Children currently supported: 75
Number of Care Workers: 11
Coordinator Name: SOPHIE
Distance from HAZYVIEW Local Office: 60 KM
For the 75 children being cared for by Siyathuthuka Community Based Organisation (CBO), they find hope in the Care Workers who walk to visit them in their homes and who ensure they receive a daily meal, access to education and basic health care through the 3 Essential Services programme.
Some of the local volunteer Care Workers, having grown up and now living in the same conditions as many of the children that they serve, have left the Community Based Organisation (CBO) for employment, leaving almost no Care Workers left. However, the local Hands at Work office in Hazyview have taken action and put out a call to the community to come and help with cooking and caring for the children. Mothers and grandmothers who heard the Biblical call to care for ‘the least of these’ are stepping up to come and serve at the Care Point, growing in their capacity to serve as Care Workers. The local Hands at Work office has identified Sophie to help lead the local volunteers in caring for the children at the CBO. Through regular Holy Home Visits and encouragement, Sophie and the other local volunteers are learning more about the Jesus who came to bind up the brokenhearted and to proclaim good news to the poor.
At the Care Point in Siyathuthuka, children receive a hot, nutritious meal every day from the Care Workers. They also participate in Bible activities and pray before each meal. The Care Point is also where Care Workers play with the children and help them with homework. The Care Workers are able to assess children and determine whether they need medical attention, and ensure that the children in need receive funds for school fees and uniforms. The Care Point is also a place where primary care givers can talk through their struggles and receive support.
Lefu* stays with her aunt, uncle and two younger brothers. She has experienced the trauma of an absent father and her aunt not being forthcoming with the details. At school, she was disrespectful and sometimes violent. Late last year, her uncle told her the truth about her father. This year Lefu attended the Youth Leader Camps and her life was transformed. She was able to share her story and find healing. Today she helps the Care Workers organise the other children at the Care Point and often shares scriptures and encourages them.
The Hands at Work office in Hazyview currently supports six Community Based Organisations, which exist to care for the most vulnerable in their communities. The office provides training, networking, and encouragement to those Community Based Organisations like Siyathuthuka. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.