By Rodney Mashego
For over the past six years, Monica’s House of Hope has been the last hope for the needy, especially in the community of Matenteng in Bushbuckridge. The orphanage has been the heart of assisting in providing meals, after school care and accommodation to young children from the community. The orphanage was officially opened on Thursday the 22nd of November 2018, in the presence of the Mpumalanga’s first queen.
Bishop Alex, the Holy Ghost Fire House reverend and husband to Monica, the proud founder of Monica’s House of Hope orphanage said, “The structure was built in 2012. It’s a home for the underprivileged children or those who may be from child-headed households to come and get food parcels, and also serves as a disaster centre for those who find themselves vulnerable with accommodation”, he said.
The orphanage can accommodate 80 children, with four beds in each of the 20 bedrooms available. Some of the notable renovations include the roof, lightbulbs, painting, installing a water tank, planting vegetables and others. Bishop Alex says their orphanage has managed to succeed throughout the years without a sponsor.
“Today we’re celebrating the opening of this building that has been renovated tremendously by the sponsors who were all approached by Mrs Mpumalanga 2018, and we are very grateful for her role and intervention, as well as the sponsors of our orphanage home, they have given us the motivation to keep doing our best for our community”, Bishop Alex added.
The Bushbuckridge-born Mrs Mpumalanga 2018 Mahlatse Mokgahle said; “We’re here to officially launch the newly-refurbished Monica’s House of Hope, and we’re happy because this is the best orphanage in terms of organisation, but also, we found out that this is one of the biggest orphanages in Bushbuckridge without any sponsors, that’s when we decided to mobilize sponsorships. I’d like to also thank all those that came on board to assist”, she said.