Pastor’s organisation assists many in need

2015-10-28 06:00
PHOTO: NOSIPHO MKHIZE Pastor Skhumbuzo and Nosipho Masikane of UMkhumbi Development Project

PHOTO: NOSIPHO MKHIZE Pastor Skhumbuzo and Nosipho Masikane of UMkhumbi Development Project

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UMkhumbi Development Project is an organisation driven by Pastor Skhumbuzo and his wife Nosipho Masikane of House of Praise International Church (HOPIC) in KwaNdengezi, which they believe can fight poverty in the KwaNdengezi community.

Growing up Skhumbuzo said he remembers his mother helping people, so the need to help people grew within him.

“There is nothing more calming than helping disadvantaged people. My mother used to help people with food and clothes. I would watch her do this and the love for taking people out of poverty still remains in my heart,” he said.

“I started off small by helping poor families in my neighbourhood then I decided to register a non-profit organisation in 2011. That year we adopted 15 homes as our members where we gave them food and clothes. Our main aim as an organisation is to change lives and remind other people that there is still hope. We strongly believe in fighting against poverty, and with help and support we believe we can. ”

He said the organisation became known to the community after working with local clinics.

“The eight members of the organisation brainstormed ways in which we can assist the community.

“We then decided to provide tea, sandwiches and biscuits for Kwandengezi Clinic, Nagina Clinic, St Mary's Hospital and Hillcrest Hospital patients.

“We felt that most patients leave home early without having breakfast and most are on medication.

“We felt that by providing them with breakfast will be easier for them to take medication, but we could not continue with this initiative because the organisation relies on sponsorships and donations, however, we wish to re-introduce this initiative but we need businesses to come on board.”

UMkhumbi Development Project members went to schools and asked teachers to identify pupils whose families are struggling financially.

“After we got the numbers we provided them with uniforms and food parcels. Last year we approached Gems and Jam stores to give us clothing sponsorship for pupils of Amanganga Primary and Nkosenye Intermediate School. It was a successful initiative and Nando’s donated lunch for pupils.”

He said the organisation recently donated vegetable combos to its senior citizens.

“We gave 35 elderly people vegetables and recently embarked on a winter initiative by donating 35 school shoes and blankets to the pupils of eDamini Primary School. We gave blankets and cosmetics to pregnant women at the Kwandengezi Clinic.”

Many schools in the area are asking the organisation to provide food for pupils.

“Some pupils go to school without lunch and some teachers have to give their lunch to pupils. We need businesses and organisations to assist us by providing a soup kitchen for these schools.”

UMkhumbi Development Projects member, Mrs Madondo said: “I have seen this organisation help the community in every way possible. I usually go to Pinetown and Durban to collect clothes for disadvantaged people. When I heard about this organisation I went to one of their initiatives and got many clothes. This organisation has helped many grandfathers, grandmothers, mothers, fathers and children.”

For more information, phone Skhumbuzo on 074 573 0660.

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