Fighting hunger, a stitch at a time

2016-08-09 06:00

THELOKUHLE Community Organisation was established in 2013 after organisation’s founder, Joyce Ngobese, saw many women suffering and unemployed.

“I am originally from Zululand in KwaHlabisa. I studied fashion designing in 1992 at Thubelihle Training Centre then later moved to Ndwendwe in 1993 to start a fashion design business.

“Fortunately, I was able to establish a company called Vumulwazi Training Centre where I taught various women how to sew. I noticed that most women were unemployed and my dream was to train them and create job opportunities. In 2003 I had to move to Clermont after my wedding.

“In Clermont it was sad to see so many people suffering from poverty so I decided to open another training centre at Wyebank Clinic. I now live in KwaNyuswa since 2003 and I’m still helping people who are disadvantaged especially women and children.”

Ngobese’s organisation now operates in Amagatsha Tribal Court in after her offices were burnt at Thokomala Orphanage premises in KwaNyuswa.

“We moved to Amagatsha Tribal Court after our offices were burnt however, Thelokuhle needs offices, even if its containers because we need to keep our donations in a safe place. We also sew school uniforms, crèche uniforms, church uniforms and traditional attire. ”

“I am also a member of uBumbano Lo mama Simunye MaKrestu,which is made up of religious women who visit disadvantaged people in the community and conduct prayers every Thursday.

“We also bath senior citizens who cannot bath themselves, however, we face a huge challenge whenever we conduct home visits because most families are dying of hunger and we feel that prayers are not enough. We need businesses and other organisation to come on board and help these hungry families.”

The organisation is in desperate need of sewing machines because all their sewing machines were burnt.

“We also in need of sewing material as well as food parcels for the women and community members because most of them depend on the money we get from selling clothing.”

She asked women to join organisations to share their stories and get help if needed.

For more information, contact Joyce on 076 547 3705.

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