Sithandiwe Disabled Care Centre (SDCC) is community driven project, which mainly focuses on mentally and physically challenged individuals. We envision engaging care and ultimately a wider use of arts and initiatives to address and overcome the social issues that disabled people encounter in their lives.
By focusing on all forms of arts and craft to reach out and develop the mind of individuals, we can revive the spirit of learning and sharing in the community, regardless of disability or challenge.
SDCC is concerned with providing well-organized education, with a focus on arts and craft training catering for the disabled. With guidance, this will allow the disabled to access their creativity in a manner that would further them to become more autonomous. We are a registered non-profit organization and comply with South African legislation.
Thandi, who is physically disabled and a strong proponent of support for the disabled, started the Sithandiwe Disabled Care Centre (SDCC) in 2006. This remarkable woman, with compassionate heart, dedicated herself to help and empower people with disabilities to grow and develop, as well as be in a welcoming and safe environment.
Thandi felt that the lack of knowledge about the disabled within Alexandra, Johannesburg, could be overcome. Thus, she took an initiative by opening this school.
SDCC is a Centre for physically and/or mentally challenged individuals, ranging from the age 9 months to 75 years. There are approximately 47 children and 53 adults who benefit from this exceptional place on an ongoing basis.
Initially, the Centre provided the disabled with the opportunity to learn how to sew and practice bead work. Over the years, the amount of activities, varying types of care and development opportunities have multiplied.