Our Drop-in Centres

Tateni operates ten Drop-in Centres for orphaned and vulnerable children in Mamelodi. These Centres provide a place of safety for primary and secondary school children where they receive nutritious meals, assistance with school work, and participate in sport and recreational activities. In addition, we help youngsters to access different psychosocial support services, using the Centres as a home base. Tateni is helping 302 children at these centres, 145 male and 157 female.



This is our latest Drop-in Centre, founded in 2013 at the Umthombo Primary School at Mamelodi West A3. The principal of the school is the former deputy principal of Rephafogile Secondary School where Tateni has been running a Drop-in Centre since 2011. As he was impressed by our work, he asked us to also open a Drop-in Centre at his new school. Our care givers, Selaelo Mashego and Saraphina Mtsweni, look after 25 children, 12 Male and 13 Female.


St. Francis

The centre is based at the St. Francis Anglican Church at D5 Mamelodi West. Founded in 2007, it is one of our oldest centres that receives a lot of support from the church. Poppie Mnisi and Yvette Seepe care for 19 children in total, 11 Male and 8 Female children from different schools in the area.



The Drop-In Centre is close to the Police Station in Mamelodi West, A5 is one of our latest Drop-In Centres. Our care givers, Bongiwe Mathibela, Nhlanhla Shongwe and Aletta Sethonga care for 25 children, 12 girls and 13 boys.



One of our youngest Drop-In Centres in Mamelodi West. Our care givers, Lucy Theko, Jeanette Ntuli, and Maphefo Khoza care for 37 children, 26 girls and 11 boys.



Based in Mamelodi West in D1, cares for 38 children. Our care giver, Maphuti Mamabolo, Tshegofatso Mashilo and Mildred Selwane care for 12 girls and 26 boys.



Based in Mamelodi Gardens in the East of Mamelodi, our care givers, Judith Mabunda,  Atalia Selahle and Caroline Aphane look after 40 children, 19 male and 21 female from the Mogale Primary School. As the Centre was founded in 2008 in a private house it is called Boitumelo (“Place of Joy”) and not named after the school that it serves.


Mahlasedi Masana

This is our oldest Drop-in Centre in Mamelodi East Ext 8 that opened in 2006 at the primary school of the same name. Our caregivers, Mary Makgobathe and Mmabatho Manzana. care for 27 children in total, 17 Males and 10 Females.


Meetse a Bophelo

Maggy Kgatuke and Sina Tseu care for 29 children, 11 Male and 18 Female at the Centre which opened in 2007. Meetse a Bophelo (“Living Waters”) is a newly renovated primary school in Mamelodi East Ext 8 and serves the children from the nearby informal settlement of Phomolong.



Rephafogile is the only Centre based at a secondary school, Rephafuigle Secondary School in Lusaka Ext 22, an area surrounded by informal houses. The care givers are Josephine Sehata and Moeketsi Mamatshele looking after 4 boys and 21 girls, total of 25 children.


Sediba Sa Thuto

The Centre is based in Mamelodi East Ext 18 and is visited by 21 boys and 16 girls, total of 37 children. It was opened in 2013 shortly before Umthombo Centre. At the time, the Meetse a Bophelo Drop-in Centre was too crowded, with many children coming from Phomolong, so it was decided to open a Centre in the informal settlement to assist the Meetse a Bophelo Drop-in Centre. The care givers are Lizzer Manaileng , Sibongile Senong , Thembi Nkwinika and Granny Ratau.

All the centres are supervised by Sello Motabeng.


Map of our Drop-In Centres