Leamogetswe Safety Home in Saulsville, Pretoria looks after the abused and the vulnerable.
This non-profit organisation provides love, care, and shelter in a safe, nurturing environment, allowing the children and women to heal, reconcile and develop new skills. The home champions the needs of those often overlooked by society: the neglected, abused, abandoned, and homeless.
Leamogetswe means “all welcome” in Tswana, and it is this principle of inclusion that drives the many services provided by the home. The staff provides residential care, daily meals, education and skills development, health care, as well as therapy and counselling.
Providing meals and nurturing warmth to those living in the home and the community is already a massive task, made much more complicated by load shedding. Losing power has a disruptive effect on busy schedules, pushing workers and volunteers even harder.
The home tries to be self-sufficient wherever possible, keeping a vegetable garden to supplement meals while teaching the valuable skills of tending a vegetable patch. This drive for independence has been a cornerstone of the home, which was the work of a single woman for seven years. Ms Matlakala Makhubela received no government aid, using her income and donations to look after dozens of children.
While many skills can be taught at the home, there is not much that can be done to deal with load shedding and its disruptive effects.
The shelter raised funds and bought an inverter and battery but didn’t have the skills to install these items. Tools and other materials are required to install an inverter, which they didn’t have the funds to acquire.
Moved by the work that Leamogetswe Safety Home does in the community, ACDC Express Centurion stepped in to help. Solar panels were purchased and installed at the home, turning a backup system into a fully-realised solar-powered solution to allow the home to continue its efforts to be self-sufficient.
The system was installed by specialists from ACDC Dynamics, ensuring that the home has access to backup power during load shedding and can reduce the amount spent on electricity every month.
While the solar system was being installed, the Centurion team, led by their manager, Amelia Fourie, played soccer and spent valuable time with the children. The Centurion team also treated the children of the home to soup and rolls to ensure they were kept warm and their bellies full on a cold winter’s day.
Now equipped with a robust backup solution, the home can provide essential services without interruptions. The children can be kept warm and safe, and warm meals can still be prepared.
This is especially important at night when lights can be kept on for comfort and security and to complete homework and studies. The home can also store more frozen foods without worrying about spoiling due to power outages. The home can reduce its monthly electricity bill by using solar power, allowing the funds to be spent on skills development or other essentials.
Here are some of the benefits Leamogetswe Safety Home will gain from our social development initiative.
Moved by the positive work being done at Leamogetswe, ACDC Express Centurion plans to assist more in future. To help uplift and educate vulnerable children, the store wants to make Leamogetswe Safety Home its adopted charity to help with further development and growth.
To join ACDC Express Centurion in helping Leagmogetswe Safety Home, visit http://www.leamogetswesh.co.za/ for more information.