Samantha Donald - Sive Nathi

Samantha Donald - Sive Nathi

Sive Nathi is a home for severely and profoundly physically and/or mentally disabled children. The home was originally started by a domestic worker from Khayelitsha in 1997. Since then she has given a home to disabled children whose parents have died, no longer want their sick children or simply cannot cope with their disabilities. The home grew from a couple of children to 42 in just a few years. There are now 62 children living at Sive Nathi, in Blackheath, cared for by 20 staff members, including one registered nurse.

As part of their community outreach programme, RUC member Samantha Donald together with a team of fellow third-year radiography students, fundraised for Sive Nathi and tried to help out in whatever way they can. The Samaritan Partner’s Trust, run through RUC, was able tocontribute R1000 towards buying educational toys, posters, games, puzzles and DVDs for the children at the home.

This was part of a larger project by Samantha and her team of renovating the stimulation room by painting it, putting up shelves and collecting toys. Another of their long-term goals is to run a ‘sponsor a-child’ programme, where members of the public can sponsor a child for R200 per year. Only about 30 of the children in the home are currently receiving grants from the government.