Lefika Child and Youth Care Centre
During August 2002, the Department of Social Development contacted the management of Free State Youth Care Centres to inquire about the possibility of establishing a centre in the Qwa-Qwa region.
On 1 August 2003, dr Gideon van der Walt and Rev. Dries van der Merwe of the United Reformed Church contacted the Youth Care Centre, on behalf of the congregation in Witsieshoek, requesting co-operation in establishing a youth care centre in this area. The congregation could provide a rectory, which is sufficient for the needs of the centre.
On the 21st of August 2003, an informative meeting was held with the community. Lefika Youth Care Centre was registered on 2 September 2003 in terms of Article 30 of the Children’s Care Act. Rev. Dries van der Merwe was elected as chairperson and Mr. Kokoi as vice-chairperson. The centre is situated against a mountain in Mabolela in Witsieshoek. The name Lefika means ‘mountain’.
COMPOSITION OF THE CHILDREN
Sandra lives together with 12 Sotho children who are in need of care. The children were placed there by social services due to various circumstances such as physical neglect, abuse and molestation. They are boys and girls from all ages.
INTERESTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
These children love playing outside and can often keep them occupied with only a motorcar tyre. They like to draw and keep themselves busy with indoor games as well. Due to the limited playing equipment, the child care worker often takes these children for outings.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The local community quite often give donations in the form of food including vegetables and fruit.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CENTRE
This centre does not only provide for the physical and training needs of these children but also the therapeutical and medical care. The centre is far away from town in a very quiet vicinity.
CHURCH AND SCHOOL PARTICIPATION
We attend the services of the Dutch Reformed Church and are also engaged in their activities.
The children are pupils of the Qwa-Qwa Combined School, Makabelande Tech + Comm High School, Khotsong school and Letotolo school. The pre-school children attend the Katleho Chil Care Centre.
Apparatus in the form of a jungle gym, swings, slides and other playing equipment would be most appreciated. This centre is very dependent on donations in the form of money and in kind donations such as clothing, vegetables, groceries, toys and household appliances.
Mabolela – “Ou Pastorie”
P O Box 15348
Telephone Number: 058-7133464
Chair Person: Rev. Dries van der Merwe
and Chair Person: Financial and Property Committee
Vice-Chair Person: Rev. LP Nhlapo
Secretary: Me. J Pienaar
Child Care Worker: Sandra Ntohla
Assistant: Lebohang Sefako
The social services are provided for by a social worker of Charlotte Theron Child and Youth Care Centre in Bethlehem.
The year 2010 Lefika Child and Youth Care Centre was privileged to receive financial support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). The centre could buy a refrigerator and a vehicle as well as school clothes and stationery for the children. The management has great appreciation for this!
Visit the National Lotteries Board website to find out about other projects supported by the NLDTF