Lebone (meaning ‘Light’ in Sesotho) Village is a faith based non profit organisation that has been operational since 2000. It seeks to uplift the lives of people in its local community of Bloemfontein.

It is a multi-faceted care centre for orphans & vulnerable children as well as a community development centre- seeking to provide skills training and employment with the aim of helping the less fortunate become self sufficient. The Care Centre has no stable monthly income and relies largely on donations to fund its operations.

Lebone Village aims to provide children with a loving environment, caring for their physical needs through love, acceptance, a safe environment, clothing, food, education and medical care. All children are admitted to the programme on the basis of their need with no means test required and no fee charged. Lebone Village currently encompasses the following sections:

  • Lebone House: Lebone House is a holistic care centre for orphans & vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS & poverty. Lebone House strives to provide an alternative setting that approximates that of their (absent) family. Orphans & vulnerable children are cared for on the property.
  • Lebone Edu-Centre: Education for the children at Lebone House, from birth to school-leaving age, through a pre-school centre with an after school/homework facility for school-going children; as well as pre-school education & day care for children from the surrounding communities.
  • Lebone Agricultural Production & Nursery: This project encompasses agricultural activities on 11 hectares of land & 5 tunnels- from which 600+ people are fed and a small income generated. Included in this section is the animal husbandry projects viz Broiler Chicks, Laying Hens and a Piggery from which chicken, pork & eggs are produced for firstly feeding the children, hungry & needy & then generating an income for Lebone Village; adding to the self-sustainability programme.
  • Lebone Skills Development Centre: This centre has twelve sections where people are empowered with skills thereby being given the opportunity to generate an income. Where it is vital to “TEACH A PERSON TO FISH & NOT HAND THEM A FISH”!! Lebone does not promote “hand-outs” but strive to teach people skills & provide them with options to sustain themselves and give them the opportunity to be managed to their full potential. A vital part of this section is also to empower the children with skills which will be beneficial in their lives, especially those who struggle academically as this will give them a “trade” to empower them for their future.
  • Lebone Training & Counselling Centre: This section does basic HIV/AIDS education and home based care, community based orphan care and support; pastoral care, bereavement counselling, grief, pre- & post HIV-test counselling, as well as social support.
  • The Lebone Ambulatory Therapeutic Feeding Centre: This also forms part of the Counselling & Social Support Section as well as to a degree part of the Agricultural & Skills Sections.
  • The children are referred to the program on discharge from the Pelonomi Hospital Paediatric wards who should receive acidified milk formula. They will be referred to followed up at the Ambulatory Therapeutic Feeding Centre & Clinic at Lebone Village. The children are followed up monthly by health care professionals when they collect their supplies. Food parcels for their families are given to ensure that the patient receives their formula and cereal because there is food for the other children.
  • Training is also provided for the parents/guardians on nutritional requirements, methods, etc as well as on growing vegetable gardens (when qualified, seed, assistance, etc is provided to start their own gardens at home.
  • The feeding programme benefits greatly from this section & because food parcels are not just handed out, as recipients of food parcels have to enrol as part of the training programme in the agricultural section, which then rolls out into their community as they are assisted to start their own vegetable gardens at home, as well as being responsible to then train & assist their neighbour/family to do the same.

Unogwaja has assisted Lebone Village by providing funding for numerous projects which have enable Lebone to expand and make a larger impact in the environment of the empowerment, enablement and self-supporting programmes.

The most recent funding helped to fund a programme aimed to empower children at the Lebone Edu-Centre in food production.

Lebone believe it is vital to instil an awareness of food production at an early age. Occupational Therapists devised a programme teaching them skills using waste materials, which include growing herbs in tyres; worm farming in tyres and waste vegetable gardens.