Child-care organisation asks for donations

2015-12-08 06:00
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ENHLANHLENI iSibani Sezwe - an organisation that looks after orphans and vulnerable children in Kwadabeka - is asking the public and businesses for donations.

Sezwe founder Pastor Alfred Ntshangase said the organisation was registered in 2002 after seeing many orphaned and abused children in his church.

“The organisation started off with just Sunday school members in 2002, but grew over the years after realising that most of our community live in poor conditions. We feed about 126 children and help more than 1 000 people, including children and adults.

“Our focus is to feed the children because many go to sleep without supper. We decided that the children must come to our office after school so that we can give them something to eat before helping them with their homework. Some of the children have their last meal at our office before leaving for home.

“We ask the community for donations of clothes, school uniforms and tracksuits for the children. We have some children who didn’t have birth certificates or a social grant so we work with the relevant government departments for them to be admitted to school while they get grant money for survival.”

Most of the children are HIV-positive so the organisation’s support groups teach them about the disease.

“We have volunteers who tell them about the disease and why they are on ARV treatment. Some of them didn’t know they had the disease because their families are too scared to tell them.

“Their parents died of Aids and others live with parents who are sick and bed-ridden. We have made it our duty to do home visits where we feed, bath and give medication and food to sick family members. For those who can’t walk we take them to the nearest clinic and provide counselling for them.

“We assist adults, who didn’t finish school, by having night school every evening in our office. The senior citizens in our community live with their grandchildren, who are drug addicts. They steal from them to satisfy their desires while others end up raping them and we provide food and counselling for the rape victims.”

Organisation members monitor those who are HIV-positive and once they are on medication, they teach them to plant vegetables to sustain income.

“Once our members have recovered from the sickness we then teach them bead work and gardening and they sell the vegetables to get an income. They also take the vegetables to their families. We want to start a sewing project but we need sponsorships of sewing machines.

“Many women want to start a sewing co-operative and they could make a living from that.”

The most challenge thing the organisation faces is not having enough food for its members.

“Our soup kitchen starts from Monday until Thursday, but sometimes we don’t have it at all because we don’t have enough food to feed our members.

“We would like to provide the soup kitchen seven days a week, but that can only happen if we have sponsorships.”

He urged businesses and good Samaritans to donate to eNhlanhleni iSibani Sezwe.

“We desperately need food parcels, cutlery, clothes, school uniforms and shoes. We planning to give Christmas clothes to the children this year.”

For more information contact Ntshangase on 082 666 0876.

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