TLC children's home seeks R500 000 for self-sustainable infrastructure boost
The Love of Christ (TLC) Ministries non-profit children's home, partly sponsored by office automation business Ricoh SA, needs half a million rand to build infrastructure that will make it a self-sustaining operation.
The funds will be used for two projects that will feed the needs of the resident children, toddlers and babies cared for by TLC, of which there have been 800 since it opened its doors 19 years ago.
“We recently bought the neighbouring farm to grow our land from 24 acres to 48,” says Rhys Jarvis, project manager at TLC. “We intend using the available space to farm sheep and cattle in addition to the chickens we already have and the funds we're looking for will be used to buy equipment to make the farming operation productive.”
The two projects, sheep and cattle, will share infrastructure, add diversity, and generate income over time.
Necessary resources and equipment include, in order of priority, seed for fodder, a loading and barricade system, a farm vehicle with livestock trailer, gates and fences, renovations to the feed shed, a grass baler, supplementary feed, and enhancements to the feed trough.
“If we had that equipment and the resources on that list we could create a monthly surplus for an income in excess of our absolute bare essentials,” says Jarvis. “At the moment we supply 75% of our vegetable needs, all of our chicken and eggs and we anticipate a R6 000 monthly surplus based on the sale of chickens once the poultry operation is at full capacity. We will use that money to offset our operating overheads.”
TLC caters for 43 babies and currently has 25 abandoned and orphaned children in its care. Those are in addition to the 30 children adopted by the Jarvis family who operate the home under the supervision of their diverse board of trustees. Many of the children are HIV-AIDS sufferers. Caring for them are permanent employees for administrative and domestic duties alongside between 16 and 24 volunteer caregivers from all around the world. Volunteers are housed in cottages at TLC and typically work six-day weeks of eight to 12-hour shifts.
TLC seeks adoption for its children, a 75% majority of whom find homes abroad following a rigorous screening process, with regular follow-up visits. Adoption rates are higher for children between the ages of three months and one year.
Older children, adopted by Jarvis family members, are cared for by them and TLC. They attend good schools to assure them of a sound education, which the Jarvis family believe is the springboard to a better life the children could otherwise not have contemplated. It is the ethos of TLC to prepare the children for the rigours of life so that they, like TLC, can become self-sustaining and not rely on outside assistance throughout their lives. It not only alleviates the socio-economic burden borne by South Africa but offers the children who become adults a life with dignity.
Ricoh is a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group, operates in more than 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2012, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,903 billion yen (approx. 23 billion USD).
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