NPO receives land worth R500 000
by Gareth JenkinsonTaurus Packaging , Abethu Home founder Sibongile Ntsetha, Abethu Home manager Malusi Shezi, Mariska Steyn from Baysis Best Properties and Abethu Home secretary Nogukhanya Mthlyane happily unveil Abethu Home’s new piece of land donated by Taurus Packaging.
Abethu Home at Tugela Rail has been given a 26000sqm plot of land worth R500 000 and hope to build a new care facility.
The land was formally handed over on Wednesday July 10 by Taurus Paper. Taurus Paper originally planned to sell the land before being approached by Abehtu and Baysis Best Properties, who asked them to consider the care centre for orphaned and disabled children.
Due to legal complications the donation took nearly two years to finalise. “This is the culmination of a very noble and dragged out dream,” said Taurus managing director.
While they lack the means, Abethu Home’s manager Malusi Shezi envisions the construction of a proper home on the land that will provide healthcare facilities for disabled children. “With so many different disabilities in our community, we see the need to build a new facility. We would like to build housing first which will give care similar to a hospital because of some of the children’s conditions,” he said.
The home currently looks after 28 children and has 13 volunteer staff. They are dependent on donations but said they are striving to become self-sufficient.
Abethu Home is a fully accredited NPO with tax exemptions. funders can claim back tax returns from SARS.
The current rented residence of the home, just a few hundred meters up the road from the new plot, is lacking healthcare equipment and the construction of a new home is an urgent need. Three to four orphans sleep in each room and the housing for volunteers outside the main building is small. The home also struggles to get enough nappies, medicine and cleaning supplies.
Shezi and Abethu Home founder Sibongile Ntsetha are hoping to find a sponsor to join them in the building project.