Helping those in need

2015-11-05 06:00
Pumla Mjandana, assistant manager for Nosakhele Soap Kitchen, Nokuzola Zito, 81, grandparent of a beneficiary, Nosakhele Sobetwa, founder of Nosakhele Soap Kitchen, Pinki Halim, parent and Nomzamo Dyantyi, parent, during the handover of donated cloth

Pumla Mjandana, assistant manager for Nosakhele Soap Kitchen, Nokuzola Zito, 81, grandparent of a beneficiary, Nosakhele Sobetwa, founder of Nosakhele Soap Kitchen, Pinki Halim, parent and Nomzamo Dyantyi, parent, during the handover of donated cloth

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Some needy children were very excited to receive a donation of clothes from a centre which started making difference in their lives last year, on Thursday, in Acacia Park.

Nosakhele Soup Kitchen bought clothes and also collected some from church members from South African Methodist Church, Lower Crossroads branch, and donated them to over 200 children from the area.

Nosakhele Sobetwa, founder of the kitchen, she is moved by seeing the conditions the children live under in their homes.

“I bought some clothes and others were donated by my church members. It worries me to know that the children come from disadvantaged background. I do not have everything in life, but I am following my dream to help the community,” Sobetwa said.

Regardless of receiving some required certificates for the centre and meeting all requirements to get funding, Sobetwa still has to dig from her pocket to keep the centre running.

“I am hoping that one day I will get funding from government, because the community really need the centre. It is making a huge difference in their lives. I will continue feeding the community as long as God gives me power to do that. This is my way of thanking God for everything that he does for me,” she added.

The centre provides full meal for needy community members and children on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Pumla Mjandana, assistant manager for the centre, said residents appeal to them to dish out for them every day.

“They tell us that they go hungry on the days we do not cook for them,” she said.

Sobetwa bought the container last year which aim to use it for some business, but she then changed her plan and developed the idea of starting the centre.

Nokuzola Zito, 81, whose four grandchildren benefited from the donation, thanked the centre for the clothes.

“The clothes will make a huge difference in to the children. The parents for the children are all unemployed and I cannot afford to buy my grandchildren clothes. I am very happy. They also help us with food, because we all come and eat here. They are a great help in the community,” Zito said.

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