The word Tumelo means “Faith”.Founded by Dr Moses and Mrs Orianah Thindisa, Tumelo children centre was established in 1996 in Ivory Park in the city of Johannesburg South Africa, the centre caters for children with physical and mental disabilities that range from mentally handicapped/retarded , Orphaned , abused and according to a court order need special care, abandoned and brought in by police. The centre currently accommodates 32 children under the age of 16.
The centre has a staff compliment of ten which consist of the following, auxiliary Nurse, Outsourced occupational Therapist , care givers ,a Gardner , cooker and a maid. The centre operates on a 24 hour basis.
Tumelo is registered as NPO/PBO through Department of Health as such they have numerous challenges when it comes to running the centre which heavily reliant on donors and well wishers. Notable challenges can be categorically classified into educational and financial.
The educational challenges notable are that there are currently no structured/formal education programmes that are designed for the kids, however the centre run stimulation programmes which are facilitated by the staff. This is not enough due to the fact that children are physically and mentally handicapped and would need special programmes that would empower them such as art and not withstanding regulations governing what should be taught at these special centres.
The centre need resources for the daily running of the centre and the following have been identified, nappies, Washing machine and drier, food Supplies, Food Supplies, Medicines, electric bread mixer, generator, seeds, manure/fertilizer. All these cannot be mat only by the money that is allocated to the centre by government.
It is with hope that other well wishers and donors would come and make a difference to the lives of the less advantaged kids in our society.