Dambuza youth build gogo a house

2015-06-18 06:01
PHOTOS: nokulunga ngobese

Young people from Dambuza who built a house for an elderly woman.

PHOTOS: nokulunga ngobese Young people from Dambuza who built a house for an elderly woman.

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WHILE young people across the country celebrated Youth Day on Tuesday, young people from the Dambuza Community Trust (Damcom) celebrated the day by building a house for a 64-year-old woman from the area.

Gogo Busisiwe Malevu, who was identified by young people from the area, had been living with her granddaughter in a dilapidated house for more than 20 years. With Refocus and Upliftment Foundation (RAUF) and South African National Zakah Fund (Sanzaf) organisations, the youth joined hands in building a Wendy House for the elderly­ woman.

Damcom chairperson Nafeesah Zondi said initially the plan was to build a proper house in one day however, there were problems with regards to land ownership as the woman was living in someone’s yard.

“We chose to build this house on Youth Day because we wanted to encourage a culture of voluntarism among young people. We want to encourage a culture of giving back to the community.

“We want to tell them that it is time to own up and take responsibility. President Jacob Zuma says that South Africa is built by the youth, hence we must give them opportunities. These are students who are doing a bricklaying course under Damcom. There is so much our young people can do with their skills without expecting everything from the government.

“The plan is to furnish the house by 18 July and we will have fund-raising campaigns to do that.”

Other than the house, 60 blankets were given to needy community members from the area. Expressing her excitement, Gogo Malevu said that she is overwhelmed as things will change for the better.

“I am speechless. After so many years, I had lost hope that my prayers would be heard one day.”

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