Russell High pupil’s new mission

2017-08-09 06:03
PHOTO: SuppliedAlutta Maphanga said her experience of losing a parent is the reason why she wants to help her peers deal with that pain should they face the same fate.

PHOTO: SuppliedAlutta Maphanga said her experience of losing a parent is the reason why she wants to help her peers deal with that pain should they face the same fate.

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A RUSSELL High Grade 8
pupil, 13-year-old Alutta Maphanga from Henly Dam, says she has started the groundwork for a project that focuses on orphaned children, which she hopes to run soon.

She says the project will offer
holistic support for young orphaned children.

“The reason I want to do this is that I have felt the pain of losing a parent, my father died when I was young, which was very difficult for me, but thanks to the support I received at home, I managed to accept it,” she said.

She says she wants to be the “go-to” person and offer emotional support to her peers who have lost their parents because she can relate to their stories and feelings.

Alutta says she has started some of her project work, which entails collecting sanitary towels for orphaned school-going children.

Her aunt Lethiwe Khanyile, who will assist her because she is a
minor, says they recently visited Edendale Primary School and identified 10 pupils, who will be recipients of the sanitary towels.

“People can assist us by donating toiletries for the 10 children we have identified,” Khanyile said.

She says they are in the process of registering an organisation
to run the project and have approached other organisations to work with them in fulfilling their cause.

“We are just waiting for the paperwork to be completed. The more people we have on board [will ensure] our programme will grow,” she said.

Khanyile says she was touched by her niece’s initiative and decided to help her because she went through the ordeal of losing her parents when she was young.

The brains behind the project, Alutta, says she will juggle her school work with the project by focusing on the latter after school and over weekends.

“I don’t think this will be a problem for her because she has had several commitments before, but managed quite well.

“She’s an A pupil and last year received an award for best speech. She has been in the Miss KZN Junior finals, and is a Miss KZN ambassador, she can manage a lot,” says Khanyile.

Once the organisation has been registered and is up and running it will be called Alutta Labyrinth.

People who want to assist in the project can contact Khanyile on 079 709 3505 or Alutta’s mother, Bonnie Malinga on 061 947 4274.

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