Local charities take hands

Blankets and food were donated to OVC by the SAVF with collections made during Child Protection Week in June. From the left is Dickson Makwenda (OVC volunteer), Emely (wife to pastor David, founder of OVC), Tshegofatso Thipe (OVC volunteer) and Linda Grobler (social worker with SAVF). With them are some of the children attached to OVC.
Blankets and food were donated to OVC by the SAVF with collections made during Child Protection Week in June. From the left is Dickson Makwenda (OVC volunteer), Emely (wife to pastor David, founder of OVC), Tshegofatso Thipe (OVC volunteer) and Linda Grobler (social worker with SAVF). With them are some of the children attached to OVC.

REGOROGILE – Regorogile’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) centre has recently received blankets and food from the SAVF. Food, clothes and blankets were collected during Child Protection Week from local schools as part of Project Winter Hope.
The Adonai Worship Centre has opened its (tent) doors to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and created the OVC centre at the beginning of the year. Pastor David Rangnetsi and his wife Emely started the OVC centre as a response to a dire need in the Regorogile community resulting from the many children who are being left orphaned and vulnerable by Aids, life threatening diseases and insufficient family structures.
It seems that lately the responsibility for taking care of the vulnerable and needy increasingly rests on the shoulders of the community. Either departments, such as Social Services, are inundated, or are working very ineffectively to give the support and obtain funds for children such as helped by OVC.
At OVC 25 children are currently fed one meal a day during the school term. The church premises, or rather a tent in which services are held on Sundays, serve as location where lunch is served, as well as the premises for an aftercare centre. Here mostly primary school children are looked after during the afternoons and helped with their homework.
Several volunteers help prepare meals and take care of the youngsters at OVC. According to Emely, some of the children attached to OVC, only receive the one meal a day which the centre provides. Most of the orphaned children live with relatives.
The OVC centre has been able, with the help of sponsors such as KFC, Buy Rite, Foodzone and the Amandelbult Women’s Forum, to supply the 25 children at the centre with meals. In some cases, when they have extra food available, such as mealie meal, food is given to the children to take home.
According to the volunteers OVC would be very grateful for any contributions, especially food. It would help, they say, if they had extra bread, for example, to give to the children to take home, especially those children who do not get food at home.
Pastor David of OVC bought the church premises recently with personal funds for R10 000 after applications to the municipality to donate it for charity purposes were denied.
For any further enquiries Pastor David can be contacted on 078 198 5279. A bank account has been opened at FNB. The account name is “Diakonia OVC Project” and the account number (cheque account) is 621-949-352-46.