Letsemeng is a Child and Youth Care Centre as well as shelter for 24 destitute children picked up by social workers from around the impoverished town of Koffiefontein.
This small former mining town, about 140 kilometres from Bloemfontein, is struggling with extreme levels of poverty due to high unemployment rate. As you can imagine, there is limited means of survival as a result and the monthly government grant is the only ray of sunshine that the community can look forward to. But how did SABC Foundation identify this remote forgotten place?
"SABC Foundation is forever taking great strides to alleviate the sad reality of poverty challenges our communities in the far flung areas such as Xhariep have to unfortunately face on a daily basis.
We also know that mostly, the source of information in such places is radio. Hence, we solicit partnerships with philanthropic organisations such Gift of the Givers and we make sure that we make the nation aware of the good work they are doing through our platforms such as Lesedi FM," said Katleho Tsolo (Project Manager - SABC Foundation).
Mrs Lynette Botha did not have enough words to thank SABC Foundation and Gift of the Givers for the big heap of groceries they received. "This is more than enough to last us through winter and the blankets will surely keep the children very warm. Thank you SABC Foundation for thinking of us," said Lynette.
Letsemeng Youth Care Centre run by NG Church. The centre came into being 15 years ago after a survey revealed that the number of children found neglected in the Xhariep District is growing and there were no closer children’s’ homes in the district.
That is when the community and different role players such as De Beers Central Mines, the Dutch Reformed Church, Letsemeng Municipality and the local schools came together to establish this Centre that is overseen by Mrs Lynette Botha (Social Worker) and a team of four Care Workers.
Issued by: Communications Department SABC: Free State & Northern Cape Province