House of Paradise
House of Paradise (HOP) is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) – NPO 930063102 – based in Zonkizizwe, Katlehong. HOP was started and self-funded by Ntombi Shezi in early 2018 and feeds over 300 children before and after school on a daily basis. HOP has been a part of the ERA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme since April 2018. Ntombi Shezi manages the organisation part time, with a fulltime complement of volunteer staff. ERA supplies groceries and cooking necessities on a monthly basis, makes regular visits to the centre and is assisting with the development of a community vegetable garden with the aim of introducing fresh produce to give the children a more balanced diet to better meet their nutritional needs. HOP also provides a shelter to women and children, especially orphans, and has a child development programme that includes a variety of extra-mural activities and assistance with homework. We commend Ntombi Shezi and the volunteers at HOP for their tireless efforts to uplift the community, and believe ERA’s contribution will further the development of the community’s children – our future generation.