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Aug. 24, 2021

PULE LECHESA

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Church converts old hospital building into orphanage

Church converts old hospital building into orphanage

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LADYBRAND – THE Roman Catholic Church (RCC) has converted its former public hospital building located at the Assis Mission and Convent Farm into an orphanage, now registered as Tshepo Ya Bophelo Child and Youth Centre.

This welfare institution that provides homely environment for vulnerable children was established around May last year, but was officially launched on April 10, 2021 by His Grace, Archbishop Zolile Peter Mpambani, SCJ. 

On Tuesday, one of the sisters working at the convent, Sister Mary Alphonsina took visitors on a tour of the facility while narrating its history and sharing their aims and objectives.

She explained that currently, they provide a secure, friendly, homely environment to the Centre’s family of 14 children. 

According to Sister Alphonsina, the Centre was launched with only seven children who were taken from a poverty stricken household in Bloemfontein.

"Sister Electa Wild met these kids as she was discharging her normal duties of visiting HIV positive people. She discovered that the children were left under the care of a granny who could no longer provide proper care to them owing to her age," she said. 

She appealed to members of the community to assist in whatever way they could, so that the Centre could be both sustainable and efficient. 

Church converts old hospital building into orphanage

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Church converts old hospital building into orphanage

"The Centre will appreciate any assistance that it can get from anyone who believes in our cause. They can contact our Chief Executive Officer, Sister Emmanuel for anything they wish to know," said Sister Alphonsina. 

She noted that the Centre prides itself with 12 efficient employees, consisting of two cooks, a cleaner, a handyman, a gardener, three security guards and four nannies.

The home takes in orphans and semi-orphans, both boys and girls aged between 0-14.

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