VILLA OF HOPE CHILDRENS HOME NANCEFIELD, GAUTENG
The Villa of Hope Children’s Home is a social upliftment and development initiative, whose core focus is to provide superior care to those children who have been orphaned or require alternative care due to abuse, neglect, abandonment and children that are affected or infected by HIV and AIDS or other ill circumstances. They provide shelter for children between the ages of 1 and 20 years of age. All children are placed at the centre by organisations including Childline, Child Protection Unit, South Africa Police Services and the Department of Social Welfare.
The Villa of Hope acquired a property from Johannesburg Water. There were sixteen houses and a number of buildings which now house an office, library and crèche. Many of the houses on the property were run down and in state of disrepair. The on-going fundraising efforts have resulted in some of the houses being rehabilitated; however there are still lots of work to do, to make every house a home.
House No. 16 was recently earmarked as an “exit home” or “independent living facility” where children who had matriculated could live and go on to participate in tertiary education before finding their own way in the world.
When Touch Africa was asked to assist in this project, through the CSI department at Mnet, we jumped at the chance of making a difference to the lives of literally hundreds of orphaned children over time.
When we first saw the house it was merely a shell without plumbing, electricity, doors, windows or ceilings and no kitchen facility.
With the assistance of Altech, Inso Aluminium, New Anchor Plumbing, Isaacson Ladders and Defy, the house is now very definitely a home.
The pictures will tell the story and we encourage all interested parties who would like to provide assistance to the home to contact Elise on 076 170 6449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org