Christian Students Visit 1000 Hills Care Centre
UKZN’s Student Christian Fellowship (SCF) organisation visited the 1000 Hills Community Helpers headquarters in the Nstanga district of KwaZulu-Natal to help counsel and give care to those in need.
Known as Umbhokodo (Ikhaya Lo Thando), it is a non-profit organisation which works to improve the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS as well as providing general care for the community.
Established in 1989 by Dawn Leppan and Alan Paton, it has expanded and now consists of health and wellness clinics, feeding schemes, children’s infirmaries, and educational and developmental facilities.
The clinic, open Monday to Friday, dedicates different days to children and the elderly, with counselling sessions provided for those who need extra support.
SCF President Mr Sandile Shange; Deputy-President Ms Zinhle Simelane; General Secretary Ms Zinhle Msane, and Ministry Officer Mr Mlungisi Nstakala made the visit an eventful day for everyone.
Coming from disadvantaged backgrounds themselves the students said they knew what it meant to suffer and therefore giving back to the community was something they saw as their responsibility.
The students said the highlight of their visit was the priceless look on the children’s faces.
Words by: Ziphezinhle Silindile Biyela