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Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre outreach at LIV Village

Members of Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre recently visited the LIV Village at Cottonlands in Verulam.

Established in 2016 the LIV Village is a centre for parentless, vulnerable, abused and orphaned children. The Village is located at a very scenic and serene site overlooking Hazelmere Dam.

The LIV Village is a cluster foster care, where children have a sense of belonging in a supportive community, modelled on an African village lifestyle.

About 200 orphaned and vulnerable children at the Village are in a family environment with a trained foster mother to love them, a school to educate them with care and nurturing.

Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre, among its ongoing outreaches, provide a feeding for all at the Village.

LETTER FROM THE LIV VILLAGE

13 August 2018

Dear Sir

We would like to thank you for generously feeding all the LIV Village mothers, children, staff and volunteers on Saturday the 28th July. We deeply appreciate all that was done to make this possible and were greatly blessed by this gift. We rely on the generosity of individuals and groups like yourselves to keep our village running. We are so grateful and humbled by your partnership to see the next generation of leaders raised up in our nation.

We are excited to share news that the LIV family is growing! On the 1st of January LIV took over management of the Thokomala Orphan Care Organisation from Unilever.

Thokomala is a registered non-profit that has been in existence since 2002. A different model of raising children is used in that Thokomala raises children in homes within their communities. We currently have 18 foster care family homes around South Africa. Each home has a foster mother and up to 6 children. There are currently 66 children in total.

In August Refilwe (located in Gauteng) which has been in operation for 25 years and will come under LIV’s umbrella as LIV Lanseria. They have a babies’ home and 3 foster homes (with 22 children in residence), a preschool with over 100 children from the local community and after care facilities. We are continuing to negotiate for land earmarked in Lanseria to allow for growth of this new village.

There are also plans for a new LIV Lukhanyiso in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape where rezoning of the land is currently in progress. In addition, we are still working on identifying land in Cape Town suitable for a new village there.

LIV Durban has continued to grow - in the past 12 months 24 new children have been rescued and joined the village. Our 173 children are being lovingly cared for by our 32 housemothers and educated at LIV ECD and School where we have Grade R through to Grade 12. This year we have our first class of 6 matriculants and it will be with mixed emotions (of excitement and sadness) that we begin releasing them at the end of this year.

Our first class in the LIV Welding Academy will have soon completed 12 months of the three-year QCTO Welder Programme in conjunction with Afrox and once funding is secured we will be training another 12 students in our Culinary School. To help serve the local township two days a week LIV Owethu Community Clinic offers wellness days, as well as providing full primary health care services once a week together with the eThekwini Municipality.

None of this would be possible without support from the faithful partnership of donors like yourselves so again we give our sincere and humble thanks.

Together we can rescue a child, restore a life, raise a leader and release a star.

Kind regards,
Sarah Durham

Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre

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