A helping Han(d) for less lucky

2017-09-07 06:00
Dr. Peter Han after making food and cash donation at the Yonayethu Educare Centre in Ndlovini, with teacher Edith Buyambo.PHOTO: MandlA MaHaashe

Dr. Peter Han after making food and cash donation at the Yonayethu Educare Centre in Ndlovini, with teacher Edith Buyambo.PHOTO: MandlA MaHaashe

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A South Korean philanthropist is determined lend a helping hand despite almost losing his arm in a hijacking incident in Khayelitsha last year.

Dr. Peter Han has called Cape Town home for the past 10 years, working as a pastor and a community helper in Khayelitsha.

He said he has donated more than 40 Bungalow structures to victims of fires and he regularly donates food and clothes to local crèches.

He said that his main aim is to build a primary school in Khayelitsha and he is working hard to get donors to help him achieve this goal.

Han is a man who seems determined in his cause despite almost losing his life during a hijacking incident, in which he was shot in the shoulder with robbers fleeing in his vehicle.

This was the second he had been attacked in Khayelitsha but he says this has not deterred him.

“I believe in God and Jesus Christ and that faith has helped me move forward. I love helping the people of Khayelitsha,” he said.

Han helps people through his NGO called The Share Mission Foundation where he collects donations and presents them to locals.

“When I was in Korea I felt I needed to do something about HIV/Aids so I decided to come to Africa.

I chose South Africa because the climate is almost similar to home. So I engage with young people especially girls, tell them how to behave and how to protect themselves from pregnancy and the disease,” he said.

He said he didn’t know that he would spend a whole decade in the country as he received some pressure to go back home.

“After the hijacking my parents, who are in their 80’s , were worried about me and my safety. They asked me to stay home during the visit. But I told them I can’t as I have work here in Cape Town and God protects me,” he said.

BM Section resident Nokwanda Komani said that they appreciated Han’s work and that he is very helpful towards them.

“He always come here with food and clothes. He donates to the community and he makes us happy” she said.

Han said that his big project currently was building a school for children in shack areas even though he does not have a site yet.

He said that he has been doing some research but he has already started seeking funding.

“People who live in shacks suffer so much, especially when it comes to housing ... I also have a special interest in education so I look after crèches, give them food and money to help out,” he said.

Han added that he feels at home here in South Africa and that he will continue doing work.

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