By Nombongo Nxele
Thembani Special Day Care Centre was established in 1993 when a minister’s wife, Louisa Agatha Nxele. As a strong church leader she decided something needed to be done for the many children with mental and physical handicap in the Bedford area. Thembani means “We have hope” in IsiXhosa.
Current needs of the Thembani Special Care Centre include:
§ A consistent nutritional programme for the children.
§ Educational toys, games, equipment for indoors
§ Refrigerator and updated kitchen equipment to provide meals for the children
§ Stipends for administrator and volunteers
§ Community awareness campaigns to encourage community support for the centre
The picturesque little town of Bedford is a rural community. It is located 200 km Northeast of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
The most striking features of this town are its high unemployment rate and poverty in most families. Thembani believes that every single person has capabilities, abilities and gifts. Living a full life depends on whether those capabilities can be used, abilities expressed and gifts given.
Members of the public are welcome to assist the centre by sending an email to Louisa Agatha Nxele email@example.com or call on 082 391 2567 to assist the Thembani Centre.