Sive Nathi Home provides a full-time care facility for forty children, between the ages of 3-18 years old, each of whom struggle daily with the conditions related to their severe disabilities. Any child who faces profound challenges as a result of disability (or any other cause) is heartbreaking in itself, but a child who does so without the security, comfort and nurturing of their family, affords the situation empathy and concern on a whole new level. Being mothers to children with special needs ourselves, the reality of these children's circumstances resonated profoundly with us and there was little consideration needed before choosing Sive Nathi Home as the recipient of our Shoebox Project for 2015.
SIVE NATHI - BACKGROUND
Sive Nathi (which means "God Hears Us" in Xhosa) not only provides 24-hour care to children who are mentally and/or physically challenged, but some of whom are faced with being HIV Positive as well. Doing what they can to help lessen the trauma of being orphaned or abandoned (whether by choice or because of financial restraints), the carers are responsible for ensuring that each child enjoys a healthy, balanced diet, has their hygienic needs met and receives regular exercise and medical care when needed. Those children who are able to also attend the nearby Astra School, which specialises in physically challenged students.
In 1997 Lorraine Joja opened her home in Khayelitsha to 15 children with special needs, making use of a wooden hut across the road for additional accommodation, with only 5 or 6 staff members to help her. With there being an unquestionable demand for a facility of this nature, the children grew rapidly in number and by 2001 a bigger and better-equipped facility was desperately needed. Thankfully a generous sponsor arranged for bond approval for a home at 59 Roberts Street in Blackheath. Shortly thereafter ABSA Bank stepped in and provided further assistance by setting up a Trust in the name of Sive Nathi Licensed Home and donated the property to the Trust. Sive Nathi Home officially took occupation in June 2001.
As Kim Mqalo (Sive Nathi's Project Co-ordinator) proudly showed us and Minki Burger (Daniel and Friends Fund's newest ambassador) around the facility, the time, effort and care that has gone into ensuring "their children" are receiving the best possible care became clearly obvious. From hanging toys on the ceiling for those mostly bedridden to enforcing a routine which ensures each child receives adequate stimulation and attention and even encouraging the parents of those children largely deemed "abandoned" to begin nurturing relationships and bonds with their children, one can't help but wish for a way to contribute more substantially towards them reaching their goals.
Should any of our followers wish to make a donation to this end, Sive Nathi's banking details are:
Bank Name : Sive Nathi Licensed Home
Account no : 271479620
Bank : Standard Bank
Branch : Tyger Manor
Tel /Fax no.: (021)905-6048