Refilwe Community Project is a Christian community development initiative based in Lanseria. The organisation is a registered nonprofit organisation (NPO) and a public benefit organisation (PBO). Founded in 1991, initially as a healthcare clinic focused on caring for the physical and spiritual needs of TB and HIV positive patients, Refilwe Community Project has since developed a strong focus on childcare, community development and skills upliftment through education and mentorship. Refilwe’s primary focus is childcare. The organisation’s God Parent Programme uses a family-based foster care model to provide safe and stable home environments for up to 48 orphaned and vulnerable children. These children receive a quality education, beginning at Refilwe’s on-site pre-school and continuing through reputable local primary and secondary schools. Refilwe has several bursaries available for learners who are accepted into tertiary education.
Care for Education has partnered with Refilwe to launch a Robotics Programme for the children Refilwe works with. Initially the children part of this programme are between the ages of 12 and 13 attending 1 Robotics class per week. The programme will be led by the CEO of Refilwe, Jay Strydom along with his team Sibusiso Nhlapo and Ryan Moore. Refilwe has taken the initiative to track the progress of these children ranging from academic to social skills improvement. Care for Education is very excited about this partnership!