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Hanging up curtains in rooms will make Tumelo home look like home'I had a happy childhood and I was used to elderly people'

By unknown | Oct 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Nthabisang Moreosele

Nthabisang Moreosele

Germinah Kgokane of Christ the King Catholic Church in Mabopane, North West, wrote to Mama Angel asking for curtain rails for a hospice.

The hospice, Tumelo Home and Hospice, houses the aged and HIV-Aids patients.

Kgokane and the church's youth group, under Father Sefiri Motsepe, have adopted the hospice. They entertain the patients and also collect money and goods for the institution.

"We are happy that Mama Angel gave the hospice the rails," Kgokane said. "We collected money and bought material to make the curtains. We are planning to go over there, clean the place and hang the curtains. It will look like a home now."

When Mama Angel brought the rails, the staff lined up, sang and ululated.

Tumelo Home was founded by director Lorraine Mabusela and Windsor Ramokolo. It operates 24 hours a day with two shifts. It is a home for the aged with frail care facilities for those suffering from cancer, strokes and diabetes.

A wing of the home has been converted into a hospice for terminally ill HIV-Aids patients. The patients are looked after by community doctors and medical students from Tukkies and Medunsa who volunteer their services.

"I was brought up by my grandmother," Mabusela said. "I loved it. I had a happy childhood and was used to being with elderly people. When I was older I started working with the aged. I am also trained in HIV-Aids counselling and home care."

The home has a non-profit organisation certificate and does not receive funding from the Department of Social Welfare. It is based in a building once owned by the Education Department.

"We found a dilapidated building and fixed it. Now it is a lovely home," Ramokolo said. "We are able to manage because we interact with youth organisations in the township. They have been very supportive. Father Motsepe's group is active here and volunteers in our outreach programme."

Volunteers undertake home-based care in the township and also monitor Aids orphans. They collect clothes which are handed out to the needy.

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