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Haven of Hope opened in eMzinoni

RIDGETIMES / 30 JANUARY 2020 - 14.12 / ARISJA MISSELHORN

In the process of serving the community, the organisation also discovered issues such as vulnerable and disabled children who were hidden from society.

eMZINONI – The official opening of Philasande Non-Governmental Organisation was celebrated alongside royal, governmental, commercial and local community guests and dignitaries at the Lethithemba Centre in eMzinoni on Wednesday, 15 January.

The new offices of Philasande in eMzinoni.

Local engineering company, Steinmüller Africa, sponsored the building of the offices and the office equipment.

Ms Karin Kaempffer, executive general manager of human capital management at Steinmüller Africa, cut the ribbon alongside Ms Sofie Mahlangu, the co- founder and project manager of the organisation.

Ms Kaempffer said: “In times where we are faced with economic challenges and where there are many communities that require assistance, we consider ourselves blessed to have been able to make a meaningful contribution towards this good cause.”

Philasande partners with stakeholders such as Home affairs, SASSA, Department of Health, Department of Social Development, the police, the Department of Justice, civil organisations and the National Prosecuting authority to ensure effectiveness in various programs that can best assist the community.

Ms Mahlangu shared the story of how the organisation began its function in a four roomed house with one room as the offices and their passion and dedication toward playing a great role in the community.

At the official opening are Mr George Groenewald, Mr Leon Botha, Mr Arnoux de Bruin, Mr M. Masango, Ms Karin Kaempffer, Mr Lindokuhle Mahlangu, King Mabhoko, Mr Sipho Linda, Ms Sofie Mahlangu, Mr Sandile Ndlovu and Mr Vusi Dludlu.

The organisation was established due to the issues in the community, such as HIV and AIDS, chronic diseases and the high rate of unemployment among auxiliary nurses and Grade 12 learners.

In the process of serving the community, the organisation also discovered issues such as vulnerable and disabled children who were hidden from society.

Philasande NGO helped four auxiliary nurses who worked with them in the initial phases, find employment with the Department of Health.

It is awaiting to assign more auxiliary nurses who will gain experience and access to finding a job.

Philasande assisted people living with HIV and AIDS in the community through supporting them and offering counselling services thereby encouraging them to stay on their treatment.

Through door-to-door initiatives, Philasande encourages young people in the community to go for regular testing at their nearest hospitals and clinics and also ensures that people living with chronic illnesses are well catered for in their homes as well as in hospitals so they can live long and healthy lives.

Philasande has, through their daily activities, discovered children in the Bethal community who are without identification and have connected them with officials at the Department of Home Affairs for assistance.

Children living with disabilities have also been referred to the Department of Social Development for assistance.

Miss Mahlangu concluded by saying: “Philasande hopes to secure permanent jobs for more of their auxiliary nurses in the near future and its vision is to empower Women in

Leadership and building a prosperous community through the hashtag #NgisizeNgikusize.”

Sandile Ndlovu, B-BBEE coordinator at Steinmüller Africa said: “The work that they do is parallel with one of Steinmuller Africa’s values, “we care”. In order for them to make serious change, the company agreed to the idea of building Philasande offices that will stand as a symbol of hope and confirmation that we do believe in the work that they are doing.”

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