Early Christmas for iKhayalethu home

2011-12-05 00:00

IKHAYALETHU Home of Love and Care in Gamalakhe received an early Christmas present on Saturday when the Port Shepstone and District Welfare Trust (PSDWT) visited with a substantial donation.

The trust gave the home, which cares for vulnerable people, a truck-load of aid, including appliances.

The donations were made by community members from Port Shepstone who first learned about the plight of the home when volunteers went door to door begging for food.

“The ladies ended up at the shop of one of our trustee’s father.

“When we came here to do an analysis we realised the dire needs of these people,” said Thandaile Nzama, who started the home in 2006.

“I had two disabled children and there was no facility for them.

“This was a dream of my son, to make a place where disabled people could be cared for.”

After her son died in 2006, Nzama started the home on the premises of the Holiness Union Church, which she rented.

“Since we started, more and more people started to come in. And their needs increased,” she said.

With 23 volunteers and almost no money, the home continued to receive more and more needy patients.

Nzama said most of the 73 people there have been abandoned by their families who did not want to care for them.

“We have rape and abuse victims, very old people most of whom are blind, mentally and physically disabled adults and children here.”

With the increasing costs of maintaining the place, Nzama had to purchase necessities on credit and eventually creditors too stopped supplying her.

“I went knocking on every door but nobody wanted to help.

“I knocked on their [PSDWT] door once and they answered,” she said as she thanked the trust.

Yusuf Bux, chairperson of PSDWT, said that he could not understand how the home had functioned for so long with so few resources.

“What really moved us is the way they are always working.

“Though they have so little they are always working and cleaning to maintain what little they have.”

When first learning of their plight, the trust immediately sent a van load of vegetables, fruits and other nutritional food.

They also conducted a needs analysis to see what more they could to do assist.

“We realised that most of the patients who are very ill have not received medical care. We have four doctors who will be attending to the patients here on a regular basis.”

The trust has committed to adopting the home and taking care of its social and medical needs. “Never again should these people go without food and their basic necessities,” Bux said.

He added that they will be working closely with the Home Affairs Department to ensure that patients receive their grants.

“Almost every patient here is entitled to some sort of grant, but 90 % of them are not getting it because their families have dumped them here and it is eating their money.”

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District Welfare Trust: why they help

PSDWT was formed in 2007 after a group of friends went on holiday in Malawi and saw firsthand the impact of poverty and HIV/AIDS.

“We started this organisation for humanitarian aid out of compassion and love to serve wherever the need is no matter what race. It is the responsibility of each one of us to assist our fellow man wherever we can to bring relief and fight the scourge of poverty,” Bux said.

The contact number for the Port Shepstone District & Welfare Trust is 084 447 8693 (Ismail Moolla) or psdwt@webmail.co.za

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