Paballong Day Care Centre
Due to the scourge of HIV and AIDS there are many households headed by children, who are often unable to go to school as they have to look after their younger siblings. You can see more about the background on the clip below:
Children on the Berea Plateau not only have to manage the households, but are often bewildered and need adult advice and guidance. It’s not only the children who have these responsibilities; many elderly people look after their grandchildren because their own children have died due to AIDS-related diseases. This is a heavy burden for these grandparents; for their own wellbeing they need some time off from the needs and requirements of these young ones. The day-care centre for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) between 2 and 6 years of age will alleviate these problems. With financial support from Aqualia Foundation and Sentebale Trust, one of the sheds on the commercial site was re-developed into the day-care centre. The Centre was officially opened on 24th May 2013 and named after Dr Titi Mohapi, a founding trustee of the Paballong Trust in Lesotho, who worked tirelessly to support Paballong’s efforts on the Berea Plateau.
The Centre Under Construction
Since January 2013 the Manager of the Paballong Centre and the Principal of the Day Care Centre has consulted with the Chief of Ha Senekane and the local council to identify possible children to enroll at the centre. Children within the community are assessed against five vulnerability criteria: food security, shelter, abuse, physical wellness and emotional health. As a result, 33 children were enrolled in February 2013 (increasing to 39 in 2014, 42 in 2015 and 32 in 2016), and attend the Centre every weekday where they also receive breakfast and lunch. Not only does the Day Care Centre provide direct support to these vulnerable orphans and children, it also supports the households from which they come, for example by Social Workers and Caregiver Workshops. Further details can be found in Paballong’s 10 year Anniversary Report 2007-2016.