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2016-09-29 06:00
 Reverends Yvette Moses and Vukile Mehana unveil the tombstone dedicated to Elihle Hlanjwa

Reverends Yvette Moses and Vukile Mehana unveil the tombstone dedicated to Elihle Hlanjwa

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Enthusiasm was the order of the day as the Cape of Good Hope District’s Young Women’s Manyano held a special event in Delft to launch the Elihle Fund and Support Project.

An initiative of the YWM, which seeks to respond to the social woes in our communities by providing moral and emotional support to the victims and survivors of abuse, both women and children.

The fund aims to provide a financial and an enabling reservoir for the project to assist victims of abuse and violence.

It will also help support victims to develop self-esteem and make informed decisions in the face of severe societal pressures.

The project has been named after the memory of Elihle Hlanjwa, a nine year old girl who was raped and burnt in January 2014.

Two months later she died of her injuries in Red Cross Children’s hospital.

The first part of the event was the unveiling of Elihle’s tombstone, courtesy of the YWM.

Cape of Good Hope District Vice Bishop Reverend Yvette Moses, ably assisted by Reverend Vukile Mehana.

Moses said “Although it was a sad day when Elihle died, today we are celebrating her legacy, because she will never be forgotten.”

Mehana stated that a project like this should not be confined to the boundaries of the Western Cape, but should be made known to the whole congregation of the Methodist Church, so it can garner more popularity.

“There must be a collaboration effort between the Young Women Manyano and Young Men’s Guild (YMG).”

Mehana pledged to making a difference in other people’s lives.

Thini Ngonyama, the General Treasurer, who was also a keynote speaker, recalled the day in January 2014 when she heard the news of Elihle’s tragedy and how it brought the church together.

She said that she felt honoured to be part of the event with its vital theme of: “Defeat through Grace”.

Ngonyama said she viewed Elihle as a girl who triumphed over tragedy because others will receive help and hope in her memory.

“Young women needed to make this initiative known, not only at the District level, but connexionally.”

She also made a pledge to continue to support the project.

When reverend Moses and lay leader mama Woji officially launched the project and fund, they challenged the young women to keep their values and be kind to others and announced that the District hierarchy fully support the project.

Grandmothers Against Poverty and Abuse ((GAPA), who are also partners in the projet, donated groceries towards the Hlanjwa family.

To date, more than 10 individuals have made pledges totalling over R30 000, with one of them signing a monthly contribution to the fund. These include Zola Jakavula who was the 1st Lay President of MCSA.

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