Bathandwa Day and Night Care Centre

Bathandwa Day and Night Care Centre was founded by Mrs Virginia and Mr Oliver Simelela in 2000. Bathandwa translated means 'to be loved'.

When a relative was stabbed to death by her partner, their young child was left orphaned and destitute to wander the streets of Khayelitsha. Virginia's love for children inspired her to take in the child. Soon other members of the community and social workers of the Western Cape Department of Social Development were referring more abandoned and/or orphaned children to her home.

Today, 15 years later, Bathandwa is situated in Mandela Park in Khayelitsha. The home provides full time shelter for the children, food, cloths and education. CHOSA works with Bathandwa on capacity-building measures and helps them to fundraise.