Each of the four houses provide a home for up to 8 children. Headed by their ‘housemother’ (called Make in siswati) who lives permanently at the centre and raises the children. All the houses also have a full-time ‘aunty’, who helps the housemother cook, clean and look after the children.
We are growing!
Only the Peach House (Hank’s House) has space for 1 more child, so we are nearly full. If we have a younger family or couple come to join us and wanting to carry on the work in the future, then we have another house, the Lilac House (Aunty Joanne’s House), that is currently being used to house volunteers that could be opened for children.
Our loving housemothers: Make Phephile, Make Lillian, Make Fikile and Make Ncane
The Sandra Lee Centre Families
Phephile is the housemother in this house where Bonginkhosi, Dolly, Iris, Zanele, Bheki, Fikile, Sebenele and John live. Auntie Phindile helps Make Phephile.
Lillian is the housemother of the blue house where Sibusiso, Mfomfo, Deli, Senteni, Tengetile, Celucolo, Wandile and Nobuhle live. Aunty Thoko helps Make Lillian in the home.
Aunty Thembani helps Make Ncane in the home and with the children: Jabu, Siphosethu, Kayise, Nomcebo, Sandzile, Zinhle, Sabelo and Sibongile live in this house with their housemother Ncane.
Peach House (Hank’s House)
Fikile is the housemother, Siphiwe in Make’s arms, Nozi, Nomile, Nonduduzo, Njabulo, and Owenkhosi at bottom. Aunty Hloniphile helps Make Fikile each day.
Lilac House (Auntie Joanne’s House)
At this point we still have room in our existing homes for one more child, and we are happily using this empty home to house volunteers, which is a blessing to have.