A little bit more about Bona Lesedi: The founders of the Bona Lesedi Project were moved by compassion for disabled people in Diepsloot following a survey which highlighted that 5% of the population is living with disabilities (physical, mental and profound). This led to the formation of the Centre in 1999 and Bona Lesedi was registered as a non-profit making organisation with the Department of Social Development on 9th May 2000. The core of the Project is a day care centre for people with disabilities. Those cared for, range from early childhood to adulthood.
A wide range of disabilities are catered for. Most of the children are mobile but many have physical problems in addition to an intellectual handicap. Some are emotionally disturbed and have behavioural problems on top of their primary handicap.
The centre is still in dire need of financial, material and administrative assistance. Government funds expenditure is very specific and only provides part of needed finances to render quality service to service users. To generate and supplement funding Bona Lesedi have gardening, bakery, art and recycling programs.
The gardening program is an income generating scheme initiated by the staff and students of Bona Lesedi, and is aimed at providing skills and training for individuals with intellectual impairment through growing vegetables in a tunnel garden. The food produced is used to provide meals for the members and also to generate some income for the centre.