In 2002 Combined Churches in Action (CCIA) in Clarens engaged in a Community Development Programme in the townships of Kgubetswana and Kanana, with the aim to help and feed children in need. This programme was called Bana ba Hlokang, and it currently provides meals on a daily basis during the week for over 210 orphaned and vulnerable township children. These children either do not have parents, or their parents are unemployed.
Bana ba Hlokang is expertly managed by Thomas and Sarah Thaele, with a total of 11 staff members, all of whom work tirelessly and are dedicated to the welfare of all the children. One of the main projects to be undertaken this year is the education of local families on how to plant and grow their own vegetables, in order to become self-sufficient.
Apart from feeding the children, who are aged between 6 and 17 years old, activities, educational programmes and councilling are provided.
As a result of COVID-19, the Tshepong Hall is being utilised to pack food parcels for distribution to over 650 struggling families. Bana staff were actively involved in assisting the Clarens Community Lockdown Project with the packing, distribution and identification of the families most in need of assistance. Until schools are completely reopened for all classes, Bana staff will continue to assist with food parcel packing and distribution. Each Bana child’s family will receive one of these weekly food parcels in place of the daily feeding programme, until this can resume with the full opening of schools.
We depend on donations, both financial and material (such as food, clothing and shoes), to care for our children. Should you wish to donate to this very worthy cause, you can contact Thomas or Sarah on 058 256 1268.

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