Makaphutu is both a children’s village that serves as a home to 51 vulnerable children and orphans as well as a community outreach hub that helps to empower the surrounding HIV/Aids affected community. Makaphutu’s dream is to break the \"orphan cycle\" in the community by raising their children with love and the skills and emotional stability to start a complete and regular family unit of their own when they grow older. What made you start this Project?
Mr Zungu is a teacher that is always trying to help someone, get involved in a project and inspire the youth to get involved in community work. His heart is completely for helping orphans and doing whatever he can to make their lives that much better!
All of their children’s parents are suffering of or have died of HIV/Aids. Some of the children are HIV positive, some have been abandoned or raped, others physically and mentally abused. Children are placed at Makaphutu when their families and the community in which they live are no longer able to support and nurture them. The first goal of the Children’s Village is to nurture orphaned and vulnerable children to wholeness. Long term, they believe they are raising servant leaders who will help create healthy, sustainable communities. For now they wish to provide the children with a loving and safe environment where they will be able to lead normal, healthy lives, receiving a proper education and the life skills necessary to succeed. It was clear that the children’s greatest need is love, and through their practical Christian ministry they (Makaphutu) attempt to give them that love and nurture in everything that they do
What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?
While Makaphutu is first and foremost a children’s village, part of its goal is to positively impact and change the surrounding community, which suffers from multiple social, economical and physical problems. Makaphutu is ideally suited to be a community hub: a central venue for training and gathering, as well as a storehouse from which to reach out to those in crisis. To this end there are several initiatives in progress, and others in planning.
The Little Hills Day Care and Pre-school Centre functions out of one of the buildings on campus and serves 79 children from the local surrounding communities. Every day they fetch the children in their minibus and take them to Makaphutu where they have a nutritious breakfast before a day of songs, educational activities and play. In addition the Hlanganani Early Childhood Development (ECD) Training Centre is run from campus, and is responsible for training and equipping approximately 120 ECD teachers each year. Furthermore, there is the Makaphutu Training Centre which has a computer lab, classrooms, and workshops for the training of members of the community. SETA courses have been run in the past, and several FETA courses are scheduled to be hosted in 2013 in conjunction with Elangeni College. A fully equipped welding workshop is in the advanced stages of installation.
What challenges have you faced with your project?
One of the greatest challenges has been getting funding to buy the simplest of things on the Makaphutu wish list, that are basic necessities for the children.
Another challenge has been getting counselling for the children. In order for them to grow up normally, and one day have a normal family, they need to get counselling - considering that most of them come from extremely difficult backgrounds. Some have been abused, others have lost both of their parents to HIV/Aids.
How did you overcome those Challenges?
Through a generous donation, we raised R10 000. We also hosted an even at Kearsney, through the guidance and help of Mr Zungu, which raised a further R8 000 for the charity.
Shoes for 40 of the children, blankets for all of the children, biscuits, and custom donation boxes for shopping centres around KZN for blankets, and other things for the children have been donated.
As it says below, Kearsney also won the \"Rage for Good\" campaign, which Mr Zungu helped with extensively - this raised a further R50 000 for the charity.
What have you achieved through your project?
51 orphans have been given a loving home, 79 children from the surrounding community have a play school, 120 early childhood development teachers are trained a year, and 6500 are given to those in need every month.
Through our direct efforts, money has been donated that will increase the impact of Makaphutu and they will be able to build on their already dynamic charity. The children have also been given blankets and shoes, which is a huge blessing for the children. And through the donations from the donation boxes, many more donations will be going to the charity soon.
Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?
Yes, R10 000 through a donation, R8 000 from an event that was held for the charity and then (as it says below) a further R50 000 for the charity from the \'Rage for good\' campaign. Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?
Yes, we received R50 000 for wining the \'Rage for Good\' campaign 2013.
Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?