Open fire in hut is source of heat and cooking

  Environment

A clean, safe, and healthy environment is critical to a person’s overall well-being. For this reason, Sizanani pays special attention to our client’s environmental needs. Children are particularly vulnerable when living in, or exposed to, surroundings that are unhealthy or unsafe. With this in mind, Sizanani caregivers continuously assess and monitor our client’s living situations. Based on the needs of the family, Sizanani assists with resources such as building and safety materials (e.g. doors, windows, locks, fences, gates and lightning conductors). We also distribute household supplies, mattresses, blankets, and warm clothing needed to combat the cold weather that is common in our region. In addition, staff provide thoughtful and relevant health education during home visits, addressing topics such as safety, hygiene and the importance of maintaining a clean environment.

A house that SOP built for a family in Nkandla

  Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

In 2015, an opportunity opened up to initiate a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)project with Professor Knapstein  and Rotary Mainz,  together with Rotary Empangeni, and Rotary Chicago. As a result, Sizanani was able to install water tanks and lightning conductors at 70 homesteads and one church community centre. Each project included a foundation, storage tank, and a gutter to channel rain water into the tank. This resource came at an especially critical time, as South Africa is experiencing a severe drought. In fact, many of the traditional water sources in our region have been depleted.

SOP caregiver with client who received a water tank

  Kwaze Kwasa Nangakithi

Kwaze kwasa nangakithi
Ngangingazi ukuthi liyozeline nangakithi
Yimi lo esekhixhafaza imidlalo yekhompuyutha
Ngangihlala ngicabanga ukuthi impilo isemadolobheni
Yinhle intuthuko isingenze ngazizwa ngiyingane
Emhlabeni wesenshuri ka21
Phela bengide ngizwa kuthiwa bonke abantwana
Kumele babe sezingenilomhlaba kwezeThekhinoloji
Yimi lo sengifana nazo zonke izingane
Ngiyabonga baba no mama
Sekuzobalula ukwenza umsebenzi wesikole
– Ibhalwe uSilindile Magwaza

Poet Silindile Magwaza with Nkosazana

2015/16 Accomplishments

40

70

445

1

The number of family homesteads that were renovated in 2015/16.

The number of water tanks and lightning rods that were installed at client homesteads in 2015/16.

The number of clients that received clothing assistance other than school uniforms.

In 2015/16 Sizanani built one house for a family that needed a safe place to live.