Dorah’s Ark Wings of Inspiration Centre was a buzz of activity on Mandela Day, with Stanlib doing their part of 67 minutes of the Mandela Day initiative.

Stanlib recently sponsored major renovations at the centre (see Dorah’s Ark Wings of Inspiration Care Centre receives a major makeover

Dorah’s house in Roodeport South of Johannesburg was founded by the Late Mam Dorah in 1996 as all her kids at the orphanage call her. A few years ago it was a simple soup kitchen and a day care centre which in turn turned out to be a home for these 43 children ranging from toddlers to teenagers in matric. The vision has since been carried on by Anthea and Kirsten of Wings of Change foundation.

When mam Dorah passed on, her grandson Sfiso Mazibuko, a divorcee took over when his grandma who passed on in January. Kirsten and Anthea came on board as part of a partnership. They help in the day to day running of the.

The passion for kids has kept Sfiso at the centre and as a board member, he helps in identifying sponsors. The house boasts of a play centre and two separate bedrooms for boys and girls with double beds inside and separate bathrooms for the kids. Some of the kids in the shelter hope to be soccer players, social workers and even doctors. Through such initiatives, their dreams can be fulfilled and protected.

Rebecca Phiyage senior brand manager for Stanlib says their goal is to continue revamping the place and hope to continue doing so for years to come. The love and passion for the kids motivated them to be part of the project and safety and basic needs has their biggest mandate. They are looking to build a learning centre for the children. Other sponsors are Mr Price, Woolworths, and Bikers club, Nedbank, Hersch Properties, and KW South Realty. Nedbank Roodeport hopes to adopt a child they can sponsor and build a long term relationship with the house.  This was their first interaction with the house and what they saw has really inspired them to be fully committed to the cause.

Woollies Cresta branch donated food parcels and a food garden to the house. They planted with the kids and spent a full day playing and entertaining the kids. This is not the only project they are running and coming on a weekly basis to check up on the kids and donate food parcels on a weekly basis. Cresta Woolworths has donated Dorah’s house for Mandela Day. Linda Chirwa from KW realty vowed to sponsor a child once a year and help at the centre whenever they are needed.

She said she hopes that they can reach out to more sponsors and build and nurture the children. The day was not only about giving 67 minutes of your time but to be with the children and interact with them.  She thanked all her supporters in her closing remarks.

By Odwa Gxumisa

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