CFCI Welfare has been helping the communities, organisations and various operations in all areas of the East Rand and surrounding suburbs for the last 23 years. It has been & still is our ongoing privilege to assist many families living in shocking conditions with food, blankets, beanies, raincoats, clothing and basic toiletries. We have helped many living on the streets to get into a home where they
have been mentored and accommodated until they got back on their feet. Our committed teams make a huge difference in these men & women’s lives and bring them great encouragement. This has been noticed and recognised in our surrounding communities.
We have many plans to continually enhance our care and projects we are investigating to make deep inroads into aiding the down and out. We join hands with various homes/shelters and other organisations where they are enabled to regain their dignity by working for their keep.
Before the National Lockdown, CFCI Welfare embarked on a Project to renovate, upgrade and equip the Con Amore School for mentally disabled children. We also received sponsorship through a Marathon in the Garden initiative from PSG.
With the country on lockdown, it was a great opportunity to take up some charitable work, albeit remotely so in a bid to keep fit and add value a few runners, ran marathons in their gardens for two Saturdays during the first two weeks of the lockdown in order to raise funds.
Thanks to the generosity of various sponsors, we were able to raise R450 000 to assist with the much needed upgrades at the school. The staff at Con Amor stated that they have never received support as great as this before and are extremely grateful to CFCI Welfare.
In 2005 CFCI Welfare adopted Ikayalethu children’s home located in Tsakane,
consisting of two small rundown houses. Due to lack of support to upkeep the home, the children were removed and placed in other shelters. CFCI Welfare took it upon themselves to improve the conditions of the home and soon there was an amazing transformation. A new house was built, complete with new fittings, new beds and mattresses, kitchens units, office equipment, new roofing and tiling.
Through the intervention of CFCI Welfare, this home was added to Eskom’s community empowerment project from whom they began to receive regular donations. In 2008 Ikayalethu Children home was fully restored and re-registered as a legitimate and legal children’s home.
In 2003 we adopted Sakisizwe, a small house located in Vusi Musi on the border of Kempton Park. Three mothers from the nearby community started this home having witnessed how the local children had been living; eating leftover food from nearby rat infested dumps, with no basic facilities to even wash. They contacted various
organisations and CFCI Welfare immediately stepped in. This relationship blossomed over the years and in 2006 we together approached community leaders to grant them permission to use a large piece of vacant land close to their current house. Two large shipping containers were obtained and converted into liveable structures. The one was transformed into a kitchen and store room and the other a classroom where the children would be taught, fed, bathed and given basic medical attention. The needs kept growing and in 2008 we completed extensions to their facilities. Today Sakisizwe cares for 65 children and some elderly grandparents. Many have no income at all so fresh produce which is grown on the property is used to give them balanced meals, together with food that we donate and subsidies from Government.
In 2001 we adopted Shalom Children’s Ministry based in Heidelberg which started as a result of seeing the children in the CBD begging for money on the streets. Application was made to Transnet to use an abandoned Railway building and Shalom opened their doors to the children dropped off by the police and others - all were welcomed with open arms. One Child who was left for dead in a rubbish bin is still at Shalom today, years later, and is thriving. We have completed a number of large upgrades to this home such as bathroom renovations, new beds and bedding, tiling of passages, bedrooms, etc. and continue to support this home monthly.
In mid 2009 Shalom’s registration as a children’s home, as well as their grants, was
withdrawn because of the ruling made by government that “no child could be forced to stay in or be raised under a particular religious banner, e.g. “Christian”, but Founders, Ps Henk and Juanita would not comply with the ruling thus losing the grants and registration. But they have now been officially re-registered and today Shalom is home to over 75 children, some of whom have matriculated and are working. One young lady has become a social worker at the local community centre.