The Kwasa Centre provides children from the Vukuzenzele informal settlement 2 kilometres away with a wide range of care, support, education and vocational training. All the children live in shacks, where there is no electricity, and no water toilets. The 20,000 people who live in Vukuzenzele share just five water taps. Local primary and high schools are 12 – 15 kilometres away. The nearest clinic is 15 kilometres away. Unemployment is very high in the settlement, and parents are very poor.
The Kwasa Centre is based in the buildings of a former mining clinic and the local priest, Archdeacon Sharron Dinnie, has worked tirelessly to raise funds for new classrooms to be added, and most recently, a multi-media centre for older children. Some of the land has also been purchased and turned into a vegetable garden to provide fresh food for the children, who are given breakfast, lunch and refreshments. They are also provided with clothing out of donations received. The little children are transported to and from the settlement to the Kwasa Centre. The older children walk.
The Kwasa Centre also provides around 60 primary and high school pupils with after-school care i.e. volunteers supervise homework, they are provided with a solid meal and play sports and games. Several of the children are HIV positive and some of these are on Anti Retroviral drugs (ARVs).
For news about the Kwasa Centre, take a look at the Charities Notice Board when you come to church or better still, just click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the right to get that news straight in your inbox.
You can make a donation to the Kwasa Centre through the Church Office or, alternatively, online through the Bishop Simeon Trust.
Christ Church has been supporting the Kwasa Centre in Gauteng, South Africa for a number of years as one of our “Congregation Nominated” charities. We have a well established relationship with the centre and also Sharon Dinnie who runs the centre, through Jean and Marianne van Loggerenberg, who not only keep us well informed but also visit Kwasa fairly frequently. This year (2012) they received a donation from the Chaplaincy, based on our recommendation.
Visit the Kwasa page at the Bishop Simeon Trust website.
If you would like to explore how else you might get involved with the Kwasa Centre you can talk to Jane Chang who visited them last year, or Jeán van Loggerenberg, or get in touch with Carrie (our Charities Representative) through our online contact form and she can give you contact details for them.