Visit of the Ratang Bana Foundation & the Leratong Foundation [fr]
On the 29th of May 2014, a delegation of foreign Ambassadors made their way for the second time to Alexandra Township to visit the Ratang Bana Foundation and the Leratong Foundation - two organisations that support children-headed households and that improve the lives of vulnerable children.
According to the StatsSA Social Profile of Vulnerable People (2002-2010), there are 3.6 million orphaned children in South Africa, representing just under one fifth (19,6 per cent) of all children in South Africa. As mentioned by the United Nations Population Fund this is due to various causal factors; one of the most notable being HIV and AIDS. Many of these children are forced into early adulthood, contributing to the growing number of child-headed households in South Africa.
After a visit in May 2013, the delegation of foreign Ambassadors, joined by the UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, decided to provide financial support to Ratang Bana and Leratong Foundation. One year later, the handover ceremony celebrated the achievement of the work carried out by the two organisations with the support received including that of the delegation of the diplomatic corps.
Ratang Bana (Love The Children), supports more than 450 young vulnerable children, orphans and those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, providing varying services from food security to education and care support. Ingrid Molai, the chairperson of the organisation, explained that the new vegetable tunnel and the new kitchen equipment will be used to continue providing food but also to support job creation for the youth. She explained that the food garden has now reached a commercialisation stage and that the surplus generated will be sold to the local community and will generate new income that will benefit the facility, the children and the care givers.
Leratong Foundation (Joy for One) established in 1990 by Peggy Chauke contributes to the reduction of child-headed households and cares for more than 165 children. Peggy Chauke explained that her strength is deeply rooted in her culture of sharing (Ubuntu), told the representatives that the foundation is ‘home’ for those who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused. The foundation provides education, safe shelter, food, and access to social workers, psychologists and medical care for the children dealing with trauma, illness and abuse. The bedrooms, the kitchen and the laundry that have been newly equipped will improve the wellbeing of the children.
At the end of the handover ceremony, Ms. Ingrid Moloi and Ms. Peggy Chauke received official certificates and they expressed their gratitude to the diplomatic corps with songs and cheerful thanks. The representatives of the diplomatic corps are hoping that this will improve the visibility of the work done by the two organisations with regards to the issues that the community is facing.