18 November 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Courage and compassion give disabled Rustenburg kids love  

by: Kagiso Metswamere and Lerato Majobe    date: 29 june 2018


Looking after disabled children is not an easy task, but a selfless and charismatic woman, Emily Mofokeng from Rustenburg, stood strong despite all the obstacles she came across and established Ntshalleng le Bana Care Centre.
In February 2009, Mofokeng established this centre in Freedom Park in Rustenburg Local Municipality with a single goal of helping kids who are physically challenged.
Her love for children motivated her to work and get involved in projects related to care and support for disabled children before establishing this organisation. 
During this process, she learnt and gained valuable skills and experience in caregiving and she utilizes those skills she acquired to help kids in her organisation.
In an interview with her recently at the centre, Mofokeng explained that seeing disabled children in her community suffering left her with no option but to establish this organisation.
“I was pushed by zeal and compassion after realising the challenges that various communities are confronted with, like hiding children living with disabilities, leading to their abuse and ill treatment. 
It is not good to see young children who are disabled not having someone to take care of them,” she said. 
The centre currently has two teachers and eight caregivers who look after these kids.
To show just how committed and determined they are to help disabled children, these women use a government provided RDP house to accommodate these kids without any funding, using contributions from management and also depend on volunteer workers.
Bojanala District Municipality blessed her organisation with a R100 000 donation to extend the RDP house in order to enable this organisation to accommodate as many children as possible. 
Other organisations also contributed, including the Community Builder of the year award, Department of Health, Impala Platinum Mines, Standard Bank, Food Bank, Eskom, Telkom and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. Woolworths still continues to fund Ntshalleng le Bana Care Centre.
Mofokeng still wants to take her centre to greater heights, but her greatest challenge is finding a piece of land so that she can build a bigger centre that will accommodate more kids. 
‘We are currently struggling to find a suitable site to build the structure that complies with municipal building regulations and to create a playground for the children. 
We also struggle with transport to carry these kids to the clinic because they have chronic pandemics. There are 42 disabled children who are currently permanent residents of this organisation,” she said. 
MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development (FEED), Wendy Nelson, accompanied by Acting Mayor of Bojanala District Municipality, Vincent Moche, recently visited the centre to see the good work done by Mofokeng and her colleagues.
“I am very pleased and encouraged by the work that you are doing here because many people do not have the heart and the necessary care to pursue this work.
I am also pleased that our people have also responded to our call of Saamtrek-Saamwerk to make this centre work, led by our district municipality here,” she said.
With regard to the lack of land, the MEC requested the municipality to look at the possibility of identifying land and assisting Mofokeng to build the centre she dreams of.