Sunday, 21 July, 2024


Sinani feeds bodies and souls of vulnerable children

Sinani, a registered non-profit organisation located in the Lowveld, provides 6 000 meals to 1 200 children every week.

The organisation, which was born out of Church Unlimited in Nelspruit, focuses om orphans and vulnerable children in various communities in the area through its ten fully operational life centres.

“At the life centres we provide food, help with homework, activities and whatever other support the children may need,” says Brenda Rebro, CEO of Sinani.

“All the centres are different, depending on the needs of the children in the specific community where the centre is located. Our centres are not orphanages. Children do not live there, but live with family, friends or neighbours in their communities. They visit the centres after school,” she says.

Some of the centres are established, while others are still in the development stage. Children are looked after by volunteer caregivers.

Many children just show up at the centres, while others are referred to them by members of the surrounding communities.

“Our caregivers do home visits to see the circumstances children live under and to assess their level of vulnerability,” Rebro says.

She says communities appreciate the work that the centres do and are happy to have them as part of the community.

“The meals we supply play a very important role in the various communities we are active in. We make sure that every child receives a protein, starch, and vegetable every day.

“Life Centres are places of hope where vulnerable children are loved and cared for and given the opportunity to develop through healthy relationships and play,” she says.

At the moment, Sinani is working very hard to organise Christmas parties for all the centres.

“We need sponsorships for food to serve at the parties, as well as donations for gifts for our caregivers,” Rebro says.

The life centres are the eGoshen Kids Club in Elandshoek, the Good News Multi-Purpose Centre in Masoyi, the Malelane Hope Centre in Hectorspruit, the Oakley Hope Centre in Hazyview, the Siyanakekela Life Centre in Mpakeni, the Teka Takho Disabled Centre in Teka Takho, the Msholozi Kids & Youth Club in Mshlozi, Umalusi Omuhle in Dwaleni and the Zwel Kids Club in Zwelisha.

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