Medical care and support
Ikhwezi Welfare Organisation is a non- profit making organization dedicated to improving the lives of the severely and mentally challenged children and youth. You will agree with us that very few institutions provide this service in black community. Since the establishment of Ikhwezi welfare organization in 1979, It has become a pillar of hope and a refuge for these most vulnerable group in our society.
Ikhwezi Welfare Organization has been an effective facility since1979 by the late Mrs Ethel Mthiyane who had a vision of improving the lives of the vulnerable groups especially the elderly, the physically disabled, the mentally disabled and vulnerable children. There was very little care for the black vulnerable groups and they were kept in their homes without any care or support and were viewed as a burden by their immediate families. The challenge was not just caring for the mentally and physically disabled but was also changing the perceptions and attitudes of communities and families towards these vulnerable cohorts. So her intervention which has been carried this far was mainly informed and influenced by a myriad of factors such as poverty, lack of care and support and the stigma associated with mental illness. Ikhwezi is also very proud to be one of the oldest and model care facility for the severely mentally deprived children. It is also against this proud legacy of Ethel Mthiyane that we appreciate the continuous support we have been receiving from the Department of Health for the support especially over the last three years, it has indeed made a great difference in the lives of these vulnerable personnel.
Recreational, stimulation and life skills
At Ikhwezi we acknowledge the fact that mentally challenged children should be treated in a holistic manner, meaning they should enjoy the basic services provided to other children, hence an opportunity is created for them to unleash their potential and their creativity in a protected and conducive environment. The centre is equipped with facilities although not enough that enables them to play and enjoy instead of being confined to their beds and rooms.
There is an Ethel Mthiyane Special School and even though this is our subproject, meaning it is a school which was established by Ikhwezi that is under the management of the Department of Education, where our children attend to acquire skills and education. We however provide after care support such as assistance with homework and other school work at the centre and we ensure that there is harmony between the school and the shelter.