Home of love and hope

This is the last in a series of articles in which Sowetan and Dettol offer readers tips on hygiene to help them prevent infection.

This is the last in a series of articles in which Sowetan and Dettol offer readers tips on hygiene to help them prevent infection.

Written around the Othandweni Children's Home, in Mofolo, Soweto, the articles have shared interesting stories about the lives of the children at Othandweni. There are about 90 children at the home, from infants to teenagers of up to 18.

Othandweni, which is isiZulu for "a place of love", is a Johannesburg Child Welfare Society project.

Founded in 1909, the society is one of South Africa's largest non-government organisations. It has remained at the forefront in providing services to children and families in distress. Last year almost 14000 underprivileged children and families received care or support from the organisation.

Through the articles in Sowetan, Othandweni's manager, Goodness Dlamini, has given a good insight into the lives of the children.

Readers got to know many interesting characters at the home through the articles. They also learnt a lot about Othandweni's nursery, creche and cottages.

Among Othandweni's interesting characters is 12-year-old Mageba. This little boy has a soft spot for animals.

Dlamini says: "Mageba has kept us all on our toes this year with his forbidden pets."

Then there were outstanding children, like 12-year-old Tumi, who has mastered the importance of good hygiene, and 13-year-old Kgomotso, who has started his own vegetable garden which helps to feed the children at the home.

Some rules might have been broken, but valuable lessons have been learnt and most of Othandweni's young residents have learnt to lead healthy and hygienic lives.

We hope the articles have also instilled healthy habits in our readers.

l Dettol is giving away hampers worth R500 to our readers.

To win a hamper, SMS the word "Dettol" to the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society on 38008. Each SMS costs R10 and R5 from that amount will be given to the society.

Winners will be announced in Sowetan in January. You could be one of the lucky ones.

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