Orphanage get books, toys and TV

Written by Thandiwe Zamisa

An orphanage in Umgungundlovu District benefited greatly on Mandela Day earlier this year when various organisations gave them gifts.

Children at Zamimpilo Drop-In Centre

Children at Zamimpilo Drop-In Centre

Zamimpilo Drop-In Centre, in the informal settlement called France, is situated in between houses of mud and brick houses and a newly built hall. It houses 52 children, among them children on antiretroviral treatment.

Founder of the shelter Bongiwe Virginia (MamSomi) Ndlovu said: “I started this home for the children in 1999. At first it was just ten kids but over the years it has grown so much.”

The Department of Rural Development, represented by chief director Nhlanhla Mndaweni, brought food parcels, toys and other gifts. Mndaweni said: “We are here to give back to an organisation that cares for underprivileged children.”

Local library services gave away books. Msunduzi library services manager Mandla Ntombela said: “We will continue to assist the children and facility with our resources, especially with books and storytelling.”

Khayelihle Funeral Services donated a 32-inch Sansui television set.

Ndlovu said: “Today marks a milestone in my walk with these children. I am lost for words about the kindness shown to us by all who have helped us. We are so thankful.”

About the author

Thandiwe Zamisa

Thandiwe MaZanqinqi Zamisa is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Umgungundlovu District in KZN.

1 Comment

  • Why do you refer to this as an orphanage? Orphanages are not part of the government approved institutions for caring for children in South Africa. This sounds like a creche or daycare facility.It misleads people especially from overseas when you call this an orphanage. We have many people who want to support orphanages but don’t think community based programs like this are worthy of support. Let’s stop using “orphanage”.