Our journey started in 1983 as The Paul Jungnickel Home. Kungwini Welfare Organisation was established in 2002 as a registered non-profit organisation.
The Paul Jungnickel Home provides a residential home for 140 adults residents and 25 Senior residents with varying disabilities. We assess the potential of each and every individual in the Home and try our utmost best to provide stimulating activities and the necessary care. We tend to the medical, social, emotional and physical needs of each resident. We ensure that the residents have access to 24-hour medical care and three meals a day. Residents are also transported to medical appointments on a daily basis. A social worker is available to tend to each resident's psychosocial needs.
Kungwini Early Childhood Development Centre: We believe in the importance of education. As former President Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". This belief inspired us to open two Early Learning Centres in Lethabong and Zwavelpoort. The school in Lethabong caters for 110 preschool children while the Zwavelpoort school caters for 30 preschool children. This service is provided to children whose parents cannot afford conventional preschool fees. Each child is provided with the opportunity to attend school five days a week and receive two meals a day. Our teachers are also women in the community who were previously unemployed. We provide on-the-job training and the opportunity to obtain their NQF4 qualification at a teaching college.
Social Work Services: Many families, especially those residing in rural areas, are facing numerous challenges that compromise their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. These families often face extreme poverty, lack of service delivery, lack of access to services, limited education and exposure to violent crime and substance abuse. Our Social Workers are dedicated to assisting the community to take care of themselves and their children. The ultimate goal is to help these families to function independently. We provide counselling, referrals, parental guidance and undertake awareness campaigns. We are also involved in preventative services, foster care services and children's court proceedings. Our social auxiliary workers assist community members with applications for IDs and grants at Home Affairs and SASSA.
Community Development: Here at KWO, we consider ourselves blessed to be part of the change in the community around us. In particular, we have the privilege to be the only non-profit organisation providing services in Lethabong. Lethabong is a relatively new rural community in Donkerhoek. What this community lacks in infrastructure like water & electricity, they make up in heart and a desire to improve their circumstances. We have established an Early Learning Centre in Lethabong that caters for 110 children. We have also started women's empowerment groups as well as projects for the youth that focus on holistic development.