FROM PAGE 1Home-care project honours Mandela Day

2016-07-26 06:00
St Clement’s Home Based Care co-ordinator Zanele Mchunu (left) and member Mr Mtshali plant seeds at the garden. Photo: supplied

St Clement’s Home Based Care co-ordinator Zanele Mchunu (left) and member Mr Mtshali plant seeds at the garden. Photo: supplied

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The organisation was blessed by Eskom in New Germany with seeds and tools to start a vegetable garden.
Project co-ordinator Zanele Mvune said the day was filled with fun, laughter and lots of digging.
“The management at Eskom in New Germany spent their 67 minutes for Mandela at St Clement’s Home Based Care.
“They sponsored gardening tools and seeds for the vegetable garden, which grows carrots, cabbages, onions and spinach.

“The garden is divided into sections since we cater for clients­ who come from various areas namely Sub 5, Sub 16, Mvuzane, Fannin, Shembe, Western Buffer and all sections in KwaDabeka.
“Eskom also has a section in the garden named after the company which they will check on from time to time.

“We also had speakers from the Public Protector’s offices who spoke to the members about the services they offer and a speaker from the Department of Economic Development spoke to our beneficiaries about their services

She said the purpose of the garden is to sell the vegetables and sustain income for the organisation.
“The vegetables will also help with our programme called Meals on Wheels where we cook and serve communities in various areas twice a week. The vegetables will also help with our monthly food parcels­.”

St Clement’s Home-Based Care supports people affected and infected by HIV/Aids in Clermont and surrounding areas.
The organisation was established in 2001 under the leadership of a former priest, Father Sibeko.
“After Father Sibeko discovered there were more funerals than weddings at Clement’s Catholic Church, he knew there was a problem. He researched in the area and discovered that most people were dying from HIV/Aids and needed urgent help. He then spoke to Sabbath Mlambo, the founder of the project and that's when it all began.

“There are a lot of informal settlements in the area, which have a high rate of HIV-infected people. Unemployment, extreme poverty, hunger and a high rate of illegitimacy and granny-headed households are also prevalent,” said Mvune.

The project also does home visits to establish problems in the community.
“We find out what families are in need of for sick clients, we assess their situation and if we see they can't walk, we provide them with transport to clinics in KwaDabeka and Clermont and work closely with Hillcrest Hospice if a patient is bedridden and in need of special care.”

For more information, contact 031 707 3031 or e-mailstcle ments@telk omsa.net

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