For The People

A call for help for Kopanelo Care Centre and Soup Kitchen

Dennis Thole established Kopanelo Care Centre and Soup Kitchen in 2015, it is located in the Kagiso location Galeshewe and was registered in 2016 from Social Development. He took the initiative to start this center as he saw a need for children to be protected and developed in the community.

Thole explained, “I started this center as there was a terrible incident that took place in my community in 2014 or 2015 where three children were raped. There is an open field where kids play and it lacks supervision and is very unsafe. This hurt me and I decided I was going to do something about it”. The center provides meals for the elderly and children twice a week and also assists children with homework and gives them a safe haven during holidays. The community is overwhelmed with poverty and drug abuse and children are often be left unattended. This allows them to get up to mischief as they are not kept productively busy.

The center works on sponsorship and they have electricity and water and as well as a wendy house that accommodates the children during homework time. Thlole’s vision for the center is to work with government, businesses and the private sector, “There are many community members that cannot get medical assistance as the clinic is far away, if medical staff could come to the center once a week to drop of medication for patients taking treatment and also giving general checkups, it would greatly assist,” he explained. The centre also would like to work with Home Affairs and Social Services to provide their services at the center, “We do not have a social worker in our community so many issues are not attended to that could better the lives of our community members,” he exclaimed.

Ward Councillor Ishmael Petoro said, “I see a need for this center as it assists in shaping the community, it brings about a lot of change in bettering the lives of people and it is the only one in the area”. The Northern Cape is poverty stricken with one in every two households being poor, thus the meals offered at the center are of importance.  The center wants to have a mini library so that learners can take on reading to expand their knowledge.

Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) has donated a Wendy house, books and assist them with starting a vegetable garden. Loretta Enos from PWC said, “Our Corporate Responsibility Program identified this center as children are their core focus and it is vital to award children with the opportunity to better their lives”.

The center is in need of sponsors to assist them in growing and maintaining the initiative’s they have implemented. The founder can be contacted via email on dennisthole.dt@gmail.com.

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