NGO celebrates heritage

2016-09-27 06:00
PHOTO: nosipho mkhize Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe’s members celebrated Heritage Month by dressing up in traditional attires.

PHOTO: nosipho mkhize Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe’s members celebrated Heritage Month by dressing up in traditional attires.

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ENHLANHLENI Isibani Sezwe in KwaDabeka recently held a Heritage Day event at their premises last week.
Enhlanhleni’s founder, Pastor Alfred Ntshangase, said this event did not only focus on heritage, it also addressed community issues in KwaDabeka.
“The event was a great success. We invited about 300 guests, including organisations in Clermont and KwaDabeka, SAPS and clinics. We decided to combine this event with a drug awareness campaign because we are facing a major issue in the community with youngsters getting involved in drugs and alcohol.
“We see the youth living without a purpose and we try our best, as an organisation, to combat this issue. We also invited Zipho Mkhize as our guest speaker who has an organisation called Katsi Youth in Action that helps youths who are involved in drugs.

“The day was filled with fun, Zulu dancing by our members and hot treats. We also gave away two wheelchairs to our disabled clients, who were sponsored by Durban ANC officials.
“We would like to thank everyone who were part of the event and who gave a hand. We also want to thank ANC officials for making this day a success by donating food to cook for our guests.

Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe is an organisation that looks after orphans and vulnerable children in KwaDabeka. It was registered in 2002 after seeing many orphaned and abused children in the pastor’s 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 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 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. 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.”

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