Silethithemba Halfway House
Built in rural areas, halfway houses are welcoming the most vulnerable children before and after school hours. They are offered meals, tutorship, and entertainment.
Written : 2013-09-05 - Last modified 2018-06-22
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Designing Hope built the Silethithemba Halfway House in 2011 at Rosboom, one of the most disadvantaged suburb of Ladysmith District, in Kwazulu Natal.

In a fully furnished 70 sq meter house, the objectives are to create a warm and secure environment for vulnerable children, offering snacks and meals, as well as tutorship and entertainment in the afternoon.

The sponsorship of Designing Hope consisted, in building the premises and has been covering eversince the yearly running expenses of the centre, including food supply, and coordinators and care-givers salaries.


The objective is to improve the living conditions of these children in vulnerable situations, with a food support, while there are many who go to school hungry.

This situation is often experienced by AIDS orphans, being mostly hosted by relatives of deceased parents who can not always afford to feed them properly.
Therefore, this nutritional support facilitates the integration of those orphans into their host family.

A snack is served from Monday to Thursday, and a full meal is prepared every Friday by the three women coordinating the activities of the house.
It uses part of fresh vegetables grown in the garden.


The Silethithemba Halfway House welcomes 50 children aged 5 to 14 in the morning between 6:30 and 7:30 am and in the afternoon after school, between 2:00 and 4:30 pm.
On Friday, the house welcomes children from 12am.

In addition to the permanent supervision by 3 women in charge of daily childcare, external actors complete the team:

- A gardener comes 2 times a week. Ten small plots have been arranged with the children. they have been divided into groups of 5 to sensitize them to gardening.
Each group monitors and maintains a tiny plot that contribute to preparations of their meal.

- A teacher also intervenes several times a week and offers tutoring for children.


The garden allows children to play, and practice sports.
A library was constructed, for reading on site.
Drawing activities are also organized for the youngest.

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