Hard-working gogos pampered

2008-08-10 00:00

Many hard-working women who look after their orphaned grandchildren often go unrecognised.

Thembeni Mzobe (72) of the France settlement in Pietermaritzburg is one of those women.

She looks after 10 grandchildren aged between one and five.

But a Pietermaritzburg organisation, Reach Out, pampered Mzobe and other women in the area to mark Women’s Day.

Melanie du Plessis, founding director of Reach Out, presented the women with hampers.

“These ladies are self-sacrificing in the ongoing struggles and torment that they experience on a daily basis in trying to feed and look after the deprived children of France informal settlement.

“As charity workers, we continuously get the generous exposure of the work that we do, but the light really does belong to these women who work under extreme hardships, stresses and strains,” Du Plessis said as she handed over the bags filled with perfumes, chocolates and other goodies.

According to Du Plessis, Reach Out was born out of compassion for children and the elderly, who are unable to help themselves.

The organisation is focusing mainly on the France informal settlement.

“The area has high levels of poverty and unemployment. Many of the children there are Aids orphans and most of them are forced to fend for themselves,” said Du Plessis.

She said the organisation is currently seeking public assistance in helping the impoverished community

For more information about the project, contact Melanie du Plessis at 082 445 1769.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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