- Nonkululeko Maneli runs a care centre for orphaned children
- She relies on her old age social grant
- She has been caring for orphaned children for 27 years
A 64-year-old pensioner in Duncan Village township, Eastern Cape, has been caring for orphaned children for an incredible 27 years.
Nonkululeko Maneli runs Enkazimulweni Ncedanani Life Care Centre from her home, Briefly.co.za learned.
The Centre houses 15 orphans between the ages of one and 26, with only two of them receiving government social grants.
The kind 64-year-old pensioner runs the Centre using the old age social grant she receives from the government. Well-wishers also donate funds from time to time.
Speaking to Dispatch Live, Nonkululeko said she got the idea for the Centre after visiting hospitals and other care homes. This made her realise just how children were often neglected.
I decided to take them because their safety is at risk. I took some of the children here when they were as little as two days old; others are siblings.
She is a retired hospital cleaner and her grant is hardly enough. However, she believes helping those in need is in her genes, adding that her father and grandfather did it too.
One of the orphans, a 20-year-old man who is sitting for his matric this year, praised Nonkululeko for her kindness. He added:
I came to stay here in 2004 or 2005 and I am now doing my matric at Kusile [Comprehensive School] and I want to be an IT specialist one day.
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