NGO founder ‘powers’ those in need

2016-05-10 06:00
Photo: nosipho mkhize Power Line Youth and Educational Trust founder Israel Ngubo.

Photo: nosipho mkhize Power Line Youth and Educational Trust founder Israel Ngubo.

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HIS love for helping the community began in 1994 while living in Ndlane in Richmond.

Israel Ngubo (44), NGO Power Line Youth and Educational Trust founder, said he used to teach pupils speech and drama, music and cultural dance, however, he saw that many came from disadvantaged families and his passion for assisting impoverished people grew.

“When my mother died in 1991 things were not easy for our family because I had to learn how to be responsible and do things on my own.

“I began teaching children cultural dance, speech and drama and everything pertaining to the performing arts. In 2001 I got a job at Woolworths in Kloof where I lived and later moved to Wyebank.

“I noticed that many people in the community were very poor and I began to collect clothes to give to them. Even though I helped people under Power Line - it was only registered in 2002.

“At that time the government encouraged community members to start non-profit-organisations to help people who are unable to help themselves. By then Power Line was well known and people came forward pleading for help.”

Power Line’s focus is feeding the hungry and donating clothes to those who need it.

“I don’t even know how many people we have on our list because there are so many. We work in conjunction with Woolworths, Mr Price and Tabernacle Church in Wyebank where we provide members with provide food every Friday.

“We also donate shoes and stationery. I have assigned two members of Power Line in Wyebank to identify community members who are in need of help.

“These members also do home visits to access their living conditions. Furthermore we host programmes that deal with HIV and Aids, crime and drug awareness campaigns. We do this by conducting a stage play or a musical event pertaining to that particular theme.”

He said his biggest wish is for the organisation to get its own premises because at the moment they work at Wybank Library activities room.

“I would be happy if we could have our own place which will be in a form of a centre. We are grateful that a community member, Mr Chonco, is assisting us with his vehicle when we need to deliver food parcels and clothing.” He encouraged the youth to be active by getting involved in sport.

“We need the youth to work with community organisations. We need these fresh minds to partake in changing people’s lives and that will get them off the streets.”

For more information, phone Israel Ngubo on 079 219 2609.

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