LILY OF THE VALLEY CHILDREN’S VILLAGE
Established in 1993 as a hospice caring for HIV/AIDS infected orphans when life expectancy was little more than seven years. By the year 2000, with love, nutritious food, improving health-care and increasing professional attention, the children were living much longer. The project has progressed from a hospice to an orphanage, to a children’s village to a significant community development organisation catering for entire communities. In partnership with the Departments of Health and Welfare, Lily of the Valley has service level agreements to provide food, health, education, HIV/AIDS counselling and training, in three rural constituencies with a mission to produce sustainable leaders for a healthy community.
Lily Medical Centre (Clinic): offers doctor’s services to the community four days a week, has a fully equipped dental surgery, well stocked pharmacy and a network of volunteer home-based care workers offering loving palliative care to community people suffering with HIV/AIDS. Over 50,000 meals are distributed to households in nearby communities monthly.
Ekujabuleni Day Care: cares for 180 children daily, many of them from child-headed households.
Valley Fresh Tomatoes: grows vegetables in tunnels (greenhouses) and produces an average of 750kg of tomatoes weekly which provides income to help to fund the children’s homes, clinic and day care.
HOW WE HELPED THIS PROJECT
- Funded the expansion of the hydroponic greenhouses.
- Held a Golder Employee Volunteer trip to refurbish the children’s playground, build a jungle gym, paint classrooms, plant vegetable gardens and build a shade house.
- Provided a grant donation to purchase an X-ray machine for the clinic.