Oliver’s House helps the less fortunate

Oliver's House CEO Terrence Ferreira is seen giving Zenzela resident Maria Khoza a blanket during their blanket drive, earlier this year.

It has a free day care centre for the less fortunate, a daily feeding scheme, computer centre for people who can’t afford to further their studies and a free education centre that offers extra mathematics and science classes.

It was initially established by David Sellar in 2001.

The Nomthandazo Day Care Centre in the Zenzela informal settlement caters for toddlers and preschoolers whose parents can’t afford a nanny or to put them in a day care.

Over 60 children are taken care of during the week and they are all given meals and snacks.

“We know that children tend to repeat grades, drop out and have a low self-esteem when they have not had access to early childhood development so, to try and stop the cycle of poverty, we saw the need to offer these services to a community that really needs them,” said public relations officer Fatima Shalang.

Mathematics and science pupils who have failed those subjects in matric or are upgrading their results are tutored at the organisation’s education centre, in Woburn Avenue.

All these services are free, but the pupils have to attend compulsory HIV/Aids education classes once a month.

Oliver’s House also offers a three month long computer course for community members who can’t afford to further their studies after matric.

On a monthly basis, the organisation gives 100 needy families, grandparent and child-headed households in Zenzela food parcels.

It also has a daily feeding scheme, where struggling community members who were not given food parcels, because of limited resources, receive soup and a loaf of bread.

The organisation is currently trying to centralise all its services.

“We also noticed that most of our beneficiaries are from Daveyton; the residents won’t have to spend transport money they don’t have trying and reach us,” added Shalang.

“Having all our services in the same place will also help us to manage them properly.”

The Oliver’s House village is being built in Putfontein.

All the existing services will be moved to the village and the addition of an HIV/Aids clinic, organic farm and food forest, and community hall, among other things, will be added.

“Oliver’s House has always enjoyed a healthy relationship with the Benoni City Times and we feel privileged to have been nominated as a beneficiary of this prestigious event,” concluded Terence Ferreira, the organisations CEO .

“On behalf of our beneficiaries we would like to offer a heartfelt thank you and are truly humbled by this wonderful gesture.”

  AUTHOR
Tumelo Muteme
Journalist

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