Inhlansi Yobuhle, Madadeni, Newcastle

Inhlansi Yobuhle was started in 2008 by Reverend V Zepe, who started a feeding scheme to address the hunger of vulnerable children and those infected and affected by HIV/Aids. Initially this initiative benefited children from Vukani and Qhubeka primary schools; but subsequently, the programme was expanded to various neighbouring sections of Madadeni where the needs and demands could not be ignored.

Most children leave their homes without meals for days and are solely dependent on what they receive from donors. Most of them are orphans and some head-up their households and care for their siblings. Some orphans were under the care of Musawenkosi home, which periodically received help from the Salvation Army, but it seized to function and eventually turned to Inhlansi Yobuhle and appealed for help. Currently they serve 425 children. They further cater and serve homes with serious social problems, where residents live on pension and social grants; and who have minors who cannot be afforded the basic human needs.

Inhlansi Yobuhle operates as a non-profit organisation and it has managed to secure a site provided in one of the schools with a huge garden where they cultivate crops which are used for the feeding scheme. The centre renders the following services:

  • Taking care for children aged 0-18 years
  • Youth empowerment skills programmes
  • Alleviate and fight hunger and poverty through self-help projects designed for the community
  • Provide food and security for vulnerable children
  • Establish sustainable projects for the community
  • Promote food gardening in the community
  • Liaise, cooperate, coordinate and network with government departments like Social Development, Health, Education, Safety and Security, local and provincial government and NGOs
  • Assist and advise orphans regarding available resources and services
  • Provide welfare, health care and skills development
  • Empowerment and spiritual support

The Foundation provided equipment for the soup kitchen, as well gardening equipment, school uniforms, blankets and training for 15 child-minders and care givers.