Winter warmth for poor kids

2015-05-07 06:00
Maliviwe Mazeke, chairperson for Masters of Arts and Prosperity (sitting) and mothers of children who received a donation of clothes were excited during the handover, on Saturday, in Khayelitsha.

Maliviwe Mazeke, chairperson for Masters of Arts and Prosperity (sitting) and mothers of children who received a donation of clothes were excited during the handover, on Saturday, in Khayelitsha.

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The Joy and excitement was written all over the faces of 137 mothers from disadvantaged backgrounds whose children received a donation of clothes from Khayelitsha organisation, on Saturday.

The donation was made available by Masters of Arts and Prosperity in partnership with a clothing retail store at Nonqubela Link Mall.

Maliviwe Mazeke, chairperson of Masters of Arts and Prosperity, said the donation came after they approached the clothing retail store.

“I feel very happy that our dream to make a contribution to the children from disadvantaged backgrounds has been fulfilled. I am greatful for the donors for buying into the idea. Winter is fast approaching now and the children would become its victims without warm clothes.

“We also realised that the families sometimes go without having food so we are planning to also organise food for them next time. This is going to be an ongoing project,” Mazeke said.

The donation formed part of their project called Children and Families program which aims at assisting disadvantaged parents to positively transform their lives. Mazeke also said they have since approached other local stores, and the response for future donations was a positive one.

It was the first time that Masters of Arts and Prosperity-which is a Non Profit Organisation-have done such a program in the area.

The handover was made at Site B community hall where mothers of the children from different sections of the area received the donations.

Palisa Sithole, 29, the mother of Oratile Sithole, 5, said the donation is going to make a big difference in the life of her child.

“ This donation came at the right time. I really appreciate what they have done for us. It means a lot for us,” Sithole said.

Sithole also lost her job about three years ago after her contract was not renewed.

Phumza Mtshiselwa,40, the mother of Sivenathi Mshiselwa, 4, also applauded the donation.

“It was a special gift for my child. He likes the clothes in a way that he wants to wear day and night.

They really helped us, because we are coming from a disadvantaged background. I wish that they get more power to continue donating and to expand the project to other areas as well, because there are so many people who are struggling,” Msishelwa said.

Mshiselwa, a mother of two children, is also unemployed.

Mazeke also thanked all those who contributed in making the program successful.

He also urged anyone who is interested in contributing to contact them on 0810067916

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