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Mbekweni orphanage needs room for growth

Feb 15, 2016


Mamma Mirriam Toeni's orphanage in Mbekweni Township needs to expand

by John Omwake, editor of The Trinitarian

Bavumeleni Khaya, the ACC-sponsored orphanage/safe house in the Republic of South Africa, is experiencing growing pains.

The number of children at its facility in Mbekweni Township outside the Western Cape city of Paarl, has risen to 38. Add the carers to that, and the building is truly overflowing.

The purchase of two small houses nearby that the Anglican Diocese of Southern Africa, which oversees the ministry, was hoping to buy soon has fallen through. But the diocese is currently arranging the purchase of a house in Somerset East in Eastern Cape Province.

Sufficient funds exist to pay for the house, Bishop Kenyon-Hoare said; the money was sent by Australia-based Anglican Aid Abroad a few years ago and has been in an investment account since.

“The problem now is to support two separate households,” he said. “We need money to extend the new house, as it is very small. We have been able to purchase basic furnishings and appliances, but donations towards upkeep and monthly costs will be greatly appreciated.”

For more on this story and others like it, see the current issue of The Trinitarian.

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