Ekurhuleni (place of peace) Center
for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Talitha Mthethwa Shares Her Hopes and Dreams for the Children
In 2010, Talitha Mthethwa, a retired nurse from the government hospital, had a vision. She was compelled to do something to ease the suffering of the many children in her community who were orphaned due to AIDS, or who were extremely vulnerable due to numerous issues in their lives. She approached Seeds of Light for help in building her dream—an Orphan Center that would be a Place of Peace and a safe haven of love for the neediest children. We said “YES”. That started the two-year process of planning for and raising funds to begin construction on the Center.
Nina Cohen, a highly regarded South African architect who designed the Nelson Mandela museum, completed architectural plans and drawings, pro bono. Seeds of Light’s partner, A Spring of Hope, agreed to sponsor the borehole drilling and installation, and electrical power was brought to the site. The project will serve as a drop-in center for children to come before and after school for a meal, help with homework, life skills training, health screenings, and extracurricular arts and sports activities.
Phase 1 of the construction is completed–two activity centers that serve as a hub for after-school programs; the kitchen and dining hall which will serve meals to more than 500 hungry children every day of the year; a bank of 22 toilets and a laundry room.
The center opened for limited services starting December 1st, 2012. If you would like to purchase something to help equip the Center so they are better able to serve the children, see our wish list. and then click on the donate button to make your purchase. There are items for every budget so it is possible for everyone to give something!
We have started construction on Phase 2 which includes a Community Center/Life Skills Workshop, two sports fields, upgraded electricity, and hardscaping and landscaping of the property. We are currently seeking funds to continue the development of Ekurhuleni Center.
For a larger size of the architectural drawings, click on an image below.