House of Compassion
Ms Amelda Mynhard is the social worker from KMD responsible for the Bainsvlei surroundings. During 2006 she became aware of the large number of children in the community affected by HIV/AIDS. The Dutch Reformed churches of the circle of Waterbron and Universitas decided to deliver a service together with other role players to orphans, victims of family violence and rape.
After two years the program developed to home care, a vegetable garden project, soup kitchen and lodging to 34 children. Mrs Aletta Ntsioa helped the management to rent a building by the municipal clinic of Bainsvlei for a period of 5 years. The building was renovated and enlarged to become a comfortable home for children. Funds was received from Dutch Reformed Churches for this. The congregations of the 2 circles also provided the necessary furniture and equipment.
The management of KMD Bloemfontein decided during a meeting held on 25 May 2009 to develop this facility into a child and youth care centre. Today this centre provides care to 24 children aged 0 â€“ 18 years.
Ntlo Ya Tsotello is situated in a plot-area. The residents come from the Bainsvlei community. It is within walking distance form the clinic, SAPS, church and primary school. The children enjoy working in the vegetable garden. They attend Lerato pre-primary school and Kiklytse farm school.
Two child and youth care workers were appointed on 1 November 2010, namely Anthea Voigt and Abraham Tshabadina. Anthea is well known to child and youth care work and Abraham done evangelist work. The social worker of the centre is Regina Coetsee. This team, together with the assistants, succeeded in creating a facility with an unique atmosphere.
The â€œnewâ€ management consists out of the following members:
Chair person: Rev. Riaan Stander, tel.: 051-4461131
Chair person of Child Care Committee: Dorita Terblanche
Mr Peter Papenfus
Mrs M Linde
Mr Douw Kriel
With the correct guidance, motivation and dedication a building can be transformed into a child and youth care centre. It takes patience, persistence and faith to transform a child and youth care centre into a house of â€œcompassionâ€.