Khumbulani day care center opening

Khumbulani Day Care Opens its New Centre for 300 HIV Aids-infected and affected children

On 22 October, The Khumbulani Day Care Centre has opened its new three-storey daycare building in Khayelitsha by the special guest, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. The land was purchased by Rhino Africa back in 2004.

Acting as a haven for 300 HIV Aids-infected and -affected children, Khumbulani had inconspicuous beginnings in 2000 in the 2-bedroom home of Gloria Bebeza. Gloria’s home-run initiative, originally only caring for 8 children, was able to flourish into the safe haven it is today. On 22 nd October 2016, a new three-storey building was officially opened by our special guest, Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille. Back in 2014, Rhino Africa purchased the land that Khumbulani’s three-storey daycare building is now found on in Khayelitsha. 

Rhino Africa’s CSR Specialist, Teresa van der Bank, said, “We believe the new building will empower and uplift the Khayelitsha community by investing in the education and wellbeing of the families and children in the township. We have been involved with Gloria and Khumbulani for many years now and today years of the hard work and collaboration have paid off.”

Premier Helen Zille urged those in the audience to not only remember where we come from and the important lessons that we have learnt along the way, but to also remember our children and the legacy we’re leaving behind for them long after we have departed. She not only promoted the importance of education, progression, and community unity but also the significance of the African principle of Ubuntu.

Despite Khumbulani’s inconspicuous beginnings in a family home over a decade ago, the three-story centre and daycare now occupies a prime position on a corner block in Khayelitsha and has become a defining figurehead across the horizon of South Africa’s fastest-growing township. It cares for 300 HIV Aids infected and affected children daily, as well as provides a support system and soup kitchen for the community in the area.

Teresa van der Bank said, “Rhino Africa is immensely proud to be actively involved in a community upliftment and social outreach programme such as this. Our travellers continue to contribute to the legacy we are leaving in Africa and towards important projects such as our involvement with Khumbulani.” 

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