Tshepong – A Place of Hope in Clarens (Article)

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Tshepong, like the meaning of the word, truly is in every way a Place of Hope.

Established four years ago as an initiative of the non-profit organization Combined Churches In Action (CCIA), Tshepong has grown every step of the way and today many could not imagine their lives without the love and support from all involved. One could say that the the Bana ba Hlokang (Children in Need) feeding programme that had previously been housed in a temporary shelter at the grounds of the Ithumeleng Clinic, served as the springboard for Tshepong. Although many children received food on a regular basis, one had to ask oneself – how much more could be done for the greater community with adequate facilities and facilitators?

And so hope became tangible for many in the community, with the
multi-purpose hall built on the lands of the Uniting Reformed Church in the beautiful Kgubetswana. The large hall would be able to tend to many different needs with facilities such as a kitchen, a small office, bathrooms, computer facilities, cleaning areas and smaller meeting rooms.

All of the above would be futile without the incredibly friendly and welcoming staff. The five caregivers have 40 children each that they look after and tasks such as reporting on circumstances at home, assisting the children in schoolwork and teaching them computer skills are all just a drop in the bucket of their good deeds and unconditional love.

Thomas and Sarah Thaele oversee all happenings at Tshepong and their presence is like that of loving, encouraging and protective parents. Both have been trained to provide play therapy and counseling to emotionally distressed children and the importance of their work cannot be underlined enough. Serious problems such as emotional and physical abuse, teenage pregnancy and suicide all demand constant attention and cannot be taken lightly.

The Bana ba Hlokang programme ensures full tummies for those less fortunate and in collaboration with Starfish Greathearts Foundation, Protea Hotel Clarens and the Uniting Reformed Church provide balnaced meals from Mondays to Thursdays for the children at Tshepong.

On Friday 25 October 2013 Tshepong showcased their End Year Concert assuring that all present would leave with lighter hearts and sunshine in their pockets. The Nativity Play allowed Tshepong to show the many benefits reaped from dedicated choir rehearsals, drama classes, art classes, dance classes and even English reading sessions that good Samaritans in
town provide. Tshepong’s Christmas Party will be held on 2 November 2013 so make sure to be a part of this joyess occasion.

The Place of Hope shines like the brightest star and acts as proof of what a community working together as one is capable of.

*If you would like to sponsor old tyres Tshepong’s vegetable garden or assist in driving one child from and to counseling please contact Sarah/Thomas Thaele at 058 256 1268

* The Christmas Party, sponsored by Protea Hotel Clarens and The Bakery, (530 Sias Oosthuizen Street, Clarens) will take place at the Tshepong hall on 22 November 2013 at 14h00, entrance is free.


GenevieveArticle by Genevieve Blignaut

Clarens News: November 2013





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