Welcome to the Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation site. We hope you find everything you need and enjoy reading about what we do. Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation is a Christian, Non-government, Non-Profit, Welfare organisation serving a wide variety of people groups including men, women, children, the elderly, sick, prisoners, school children, and mentally and physically disabled children, in and around KwaZulu Natal.
A Typical Day in the life of Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation
The day starts quite early for the two drivers, Sipho and Mlu. They are on the road at 07.00 collecting the disabled children andthe staff members. As the children and young adults arrive they are given breakfast and by 08.45 everybody has settled and finished eating and the official day starts and every member whether they are in maintenance or therapy, including all the children, attend the devotions for 10 to 15 min. This is the time Eric Ntuli our centre manager, usually shares a little bit from the scriptures, any specific prayer requests are made and it is an opportunity to share any notices with all the staff.After that all disperse to their different stations.
When devotions are over the children begin their different therapy regimes. Each child or young adult is so different in his need and level of disability so that each program has to be tailor made. Some of the more able children will go off to the “classroom” with MaDlamini for theme teaching, some written work in the form of worksheets or fine motor games with blocks and lego and puzzles.
Others will be taken to the therapy room where a child can spend up to 15 min a few times a day with two of the ladies doing exercises. This room is quiet and restful away from “the maddening crowd” where they receive specialized one-on-one attention. Back in the hall several things will be happening at the same time. One therapist will help Thabani to roll over, others will encourage Wandile and Zotha to walk, another will be doing feel/touch therapy with blind Nokuthula, Nellie will be doing one on one in the “autistic” corner and so on.
You will find Mary moving from one group to the other keeping a watchful eye on the different therapies. If the weather is good the children are also taken outside to play and at 1 o’clock the disabled children all receive a cooked meal for lunch. By then they are pretty tired and very hungry, so this time is one of winding down and getting ready to go home.
In the meantime Sipho, Mlu, Eric and I will get together, immediately after devotions, to meet in the office getting ready for the day of community visitation taking primary health care and lifestyle counselling, as well as nutritional products and resources to those in need. First of all we will discuss any cases that are problematic, and once a month we will discuss each family on our Feeding Scheme and make preparations to order and collect the provisions for the monthly food parcels. Mlu and Sipho will then prepare for the visits of the day, getting case histories together and checking their boxes for the health products needed like ginger, vitamin c, brewer’s yeast etc. or else plan to begin delivering the food parcels. Both Sipho and Mlu have their own areas to cover and they know the needs of each family on the client list. They are well trained and very capable and well known in the community. These young men will be back at about 1.30 in time to get ready to transport the children at the centre, back to their homes. Eric, the centre manager, and an ordained minister will also go out either to speak to students at a local school, or to make pastoral visits or run a bible study group in the community. Dolly will be ready with her resources and programme for her visit to one of the 12 community creches that we assist and she will be dropped by either Sipho or Mlu at the designated creche. I will follow my nose as the needs arise, either staying at the centre to do admin work or going out into the community with Mlu or Sipho.
This is a typical day at the HNO centre in Bulwer. Of course, typical is a bit of a generalization as there seems to be so many variations of typical. Sometimes we have visitors, or a child is sick and needs to be taken to the doctor, or it is pouring with rain and nobody gets to go outside, or a vehicle has broken down, or medicines needs to be fetched, or we get a visit from the Health department, or a child that has never walked takes a first step on her own and everybody is too excited to keep any sort of orderly routine. Life is never boring at HNO.
In the meantime 100 km away in Pietermaritzburg Andy and Xolani will be involved in a programme of prison and clinic visitation taking their well accepted (by the prison authorities and inmates) programme of hope which teaches about good lifestyle choices, and forgiveness.
We are so grateful to all those out there that support us in big and small ways, with funds, or prayers, or encouraging interest (or all three).