Who We Are
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
Lily of the Valley is a home and safe haven for children who have been marginalised by a broken society. Since 1993 we have been giving these children a second chance in life by investing directly into their lives, treating them as individuals, and raising them to be young adults who achieve their God-given potential.
We care for up to 120 children and young adults, placed in our care through the Department of Social Development. The children’s ages range from 6 months to 21 years. Each child shares a home with up to 5 other children and they are looked after by a House-mother.
Most of our children are orphans or have no family to support them. They often come at a young age to Lily and stay for a long time in our care. Some are mentally and/or physically disabled and approximately 70 % are HIV+.
All of them have experienced trauma prior to arriving at Lily. At Lily we strive to create an environment in which the children can flourish by providing a home, a surrogate family, and a profound sense of belonging.
Founded in 1993 by the Kaiser Family. Lily's first building was a converted barn
Phase 1 of the Children's village was completed in 1998 and consisted of 12 cottages
Phase 2 was built in 2002, bringing the total number of cottages to 23
Funding Model for Lily
Our annual operating budget for all of Lily of the Valley’s projects is approximately R9m. Due to financial constraints only the most basic costs are budgeted for. Ideally, to provide the best care possible, this budget needs to increase significantly.
Funding is typically received from the Department of Social Development (37%), donations from corporations, national and international organisations and individuals (48%), and through our Sponsor-A-Child Program (13%).
We are seeking new partners to form long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. We believe that together with the right partners we will transform not only the individuals in our care, but whole communities.