Odirile gets help to pay bills for disabled care

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

The last time Mama Angel visited the Odirile home for the mentally and physically disabled, in Temba, Hammanskraal, she donated food, clothing and winter essentials.

Odirile was founded in 2002 by Baby Maphosa, who is fondly called Mama B.

It houses 150 people, aged between two and 35.

"We don't cater only for mentally and physically challenged children, but also for abused women," said Mama B.

The home has increased its staff from 28 to 60 volunteers who offer care and education to the people at the home.

Odirile was run from a run-down building, previously a liquor store, that Mama B rented.

As a tenant she could not do much to improve the premises.

"In December we moved to new premises in Temba Extension 6, only 5km from the old place. It has made a great difference," Mama B said.

Mama B is stressed by the R28000 the home owes to Eskom.

"We are still trying to gather funds to pay the bill," she said.

"Now that it's winter, we need clothes and blankets for the kids. Winter is a very hard period for us."

She receives help from the University of Pretoria, which provides Odirile with speech therapists and physiotherapists who work with the children every day.

"We are happy that Sowetan has been with us every step of the way," Mama B said.