Caring for the aged in Sharpeville
2009: NLTDF grant R1 million
Sharpeville is a community with a history of social unrest that today faces numerous challenges including high levels of poverty, unemployment, crime and substance abuse.
With NLDTF funding, the Sharpeville Care of the Aged operates a bi-weekly centre for some 300 elderly residents who on Mondays and Wednesdays receive nutritious meals, and developmental, health and wellness, and social programmes tailor-made for the aged.
Having identified the need to expand its interventions, the organisation has also capacitated unemployed youth with useful skills so they can access the job market and provide service to their community.
They have also started a nursery school for children under six whose parents or grandparents are not able to look after them. An additional 400 children from neighbouring Boipatong are provided withbalanced meals once a week. All this is achieved through finding made possible by those who play the National Lottery.