Clothes given to fire victims

2019-09-19 06:00
Residents of Ezinkomeni informal settlement in Nomzamo helping themselves to donated clothes on Saturday 14 September.

Residents of Ezinkomeni informal settlement in Nomzamo helping themselves to donated clothes on Saturday 14 September.

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The HOPE Foundation helped fire victims of Ezinkomeni informal settlement in Nomzamo by donating 40 bags of clothes on Saturday 14 September.

The area was engulfed by a blaze, which claimed the lives of four people dead on Saturday 31 August (“Devastation, City Vision, 5 September).

A couple from Malawi, both aged 31, died inside their locked shack along with their eight-month-old baby boy.

A 12-year-old boy also died in the neighbouring shack when the fire ripped through the informal settlement.

Ntombozuko Bota, a third-year accounting student at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is founder of The HOPE Foundation.

She says the foundation was formed to help and better every child’s life growing up in a disadvantaged community by providing donations.

“The foundation is designed to respond whenever we hear of a crisis, and we are able to assist where we can,” Bota said.

“The clothing we received from CPUT residences, where we have our drop-off, or after going from door to door requesting clothes.”

She said the clothing also came from the other sources, as they used the services of social media like Facebook and Instagram to ask for help.

“When someone contacted us and alerted us about this need we could not say no,” Bota said. “We had already assisted in areas such as Khayelitsha last year.”

She said the foundation also received donations from the Thula Baba Project, which helped with donating children’s clothes.

“If anyone can help they must please go to the area and assist,” Bota said.

“This is not only about us, but school going children who have been affected and families who lost everything in the fire.”

She said she was inspired to start an organisation after learning from her own mother, who collected clothing for them as children.

“If my mother was able to go around collecting clothes for us, then I saw there was nothing stopping me from doing that for other kids in dire situations. This is how the foundation was founded, and we have complete our 10 projects with little capital collected and contributed by our members.”

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