Savanna Private Game Reserve is the primary sponsor for Tiyimiseleni Home Based Care Centre, a community-based organization in Mabarhule village. The organisation was founded in 2006 by a group of twelve local women in response to the HIV and AIDS disaster.
Tiyimiseleni's main goal is to improve the health and education of community members in Mabarhule village, with a particular focus on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and people living with HIV and AIDS. Currently, Tiyimiseleni supports approximately 300 OVCs affected by HIV.
Every day, the women who run the centre prepare a nutritious meal, provide homework help and HIV education and facilitate recreational activities, including cultural dancing and dramas, for all of the children who come to Tiyimiseleni after school. The women trained as health caregivers also visit the homes of each of the children to be sure they are safe, healthy and have an adequate food supply.
As needed, the women deliver food parcels to the homes, purchase school uniforms for the children to be able to go to school and take them to nearby health clinics for check-ups and treatment.
The Cashbuild Give a Brick Trust donation enabled us to build a new ablution block at Tiyimiseleni to replace the existing pit latrines on site. The new flushing toilets and hand-washing stations provide much safer and more sanitary options for the children and staff.
The Head of Community Support Initiatives at Cashbuild, Thembelani Tukwayo said that this donation confirms Cashbuild's commitment to community upliftment.
"I am thrilled that we are able to make this donation. Education and especially early childhood development forms an important building block for human development and it needs our attention as a collective. We cannot solve the problem by working alone. It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with Savanna Lodge."