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Generating growth for African children and communities devastated by HIV-AIDS and poverty, through the goodwill of people in the UK and elsewhere

GAGA Project - Ithemablihle Building

Ithemablihle Building

Ithembalihle’s new home is complete! 

After a long wait, the children at Ithembalihle have finally moved into a comfortable new home.   

With the fantastic help from 6 UK volunteers the main house and rooms were finished in just two weeks. However with bad conditions on the only through road, it was nearly impossible to transport desperately needed furniture to the home.  

 

 With the help of GAGA, the project overcame the odds and the dormitories now have beds, giving the children the good night’s sleep they deserve; and the living area now has tables and chairs, giving them a proper space to do their homework.

You can read a full account of the building trip from the UK volunteers, by following the link below:

http://makingadifferenceatithembalihle.blogspot.com/ 

Each member of the group paid for the privilege to go and build a new home, for the 18 Children at Ithembalihle. They have all undertaken separate fundraising activities and without their hard work and dedication, along with other generous donors, this all would have been impossible. 

A BIG BIG "thank you" must go to the 6 UK volunteers for their amazing efforts. Barry, Alan, Mark, Liz, Moira and Helen went to South Africa in their own time, working very hard and very quickly. Without them, the house would never have been completed in only two weeks!! 

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Ithemablihle Building

Background to the building project. Why we built the dormitory. 

Ithembalihle is currently home to 18 children, in a building constructed to comfortably house 3 or 4 people.  The children sleep in one small room, on mattresses on the floor, which are stacked in a pile during the day.  The older boys sleep in the church, in order to separate boys and girls, and during the winter the church building is extremely cold at night.

The organisation has no storage space because there is no room for any furniture, so clothing and shoes are stacked in plastic laundry baskets, or in pile on the floor.  There is nowhere for tables or chairs, and the children struggle to do their homework at night on their laps, while using candlelight.

This is a difficult and stressful lifestyle not only for the children, but also for Thandiwe and her husband, as there is nowhere to sit and relax, no privacy, and the overcrowding makes the house noisy and difficult to manage.

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