Vukukhanye is a South African non-profit and public benefit organization, formed in 2002. Vukukhanye operates and supports community-based development projects aimed at the care of orphans and vulnerable children, as well as the continued development of the historically-disadvantaged community of Chesterville in Cato Manor, KwaZulu-Natal. Services provided by Vukukhanye include the following…
A Children’s Foster Home caring for orphans and vulnerable children since April 2001. This Home provides care for abandoned, abused, neglected, orphaned or homeless children, or any other child in need of immediate care; including those affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. Education of the children while at the Home is a priority and children of school-going age are enrolled in local schools. A stable home environment and associated services (education, nutrition, legal, financial, psychological, health etc.) are provided, to help the children grow up to be healthy, educated, socially well-adjusted adults. It is intended that whenever possible, children be reintegrated into their family/community, or placed with adoptive/foster parents.
The Vukukhanye Educare Centre (established in February 2012) which enrols 23 children under 4 years of age, with seven volunteer staff (1 supervisor, 4 teachers and 2 kitchen staff). Developing the staff by equipping them with early childhood education and management skills is a priority. The children receive 2 meals per day, as well as a mid-morning snack.
A Bursary Project offering long-term renewable bursaries to children from 3 Chesterville schools, with 4 new bursaries per year (Grades 1, 5, 8, & 12). Vukukhanye started the Bursary project in 2008 in order to help disadvantaged children from Chesterville achieve tertiary qualifications. We are presently supporting eighteen bursary students; 5 at tertiary institutions and 13 at school. While this project is well supported by a South African Corporate Vukukhanye is seeking to raise funds for 2 more tertiary students and for tertiary education for the children from the Foster Home.
Welfare Support Services are offered in Chesterville through Vukukhanyes two community workers. The services include support of vulnerable and child-headed families through home-visits, school fee provision, stationery and uniforms, social needs assistance, accessing official documentation and grants, infant formula, follow-up on cases of child-abuse and material support. Counselling & supportive services, including caregiver support programmes, are offered by Vukukhanyes community workers at the Jes Foord Community Care Centre 4 days per week, with an average of 10 clients per day.
'Sport For All Chesterville’, an after-school sport project operating at the Chesterville Sports ground.