Donation a gesture of goodwill

2018-04-25 06:02
Beneficiaries and project workers are, from the left, front: Salome Oliphant, Tidimalo Tshipi, Tlotlo Tshipi and Boingotlo Tshipi; middle: Jerry Oliphant, Thabang Bladt and Rethabile Bladt; back:Themba Sethibang (project manager), Evelyn Mondela (coordinator), Margaret Jansen (intern), Kelebogile Koper (nursing sister) and Joyce Oliphant (councillor).Photo: Boipelo Mere

Beneficiaries and project workers are, from the left, front: Salome Oliphant, Tidimalo Tshipi, Tlotlo Tshipi and Boingotlo Tshipi; middle: Jerry Oliphant, Thabang Bladt and Rethabile Bladt; back:Themba Sethibang (project manager), Evelyn Mondela (coordinator), Margaret Jansen (intern), Kelebogile Koper (nursing sister) and Joyce Oliphant (councillor).Photo: Boipelo Mere

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A positive impact was made on a father from Galeshewe through the donation of a brand-new set of school uniform to each of his three children.

Sabata Oliphant, an Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) worker, felt a huge weight being lifted off his shoulders, as he did not have money to buy uniforms.

His children were only a few of the beneficiaries of a donation made by the Bloemanda Soup Kitchen to at least 20 vulnerable learners, thanks to the National Lotteries Commission (Lotto).

The soup kitchen, which is reported to cater for up to 180 beneficiaries five days a week, identified the children through a partnership with the Department of Health.

Operating as a community development programme, the kitchen was opened in 2016 through interventions implemented with the Department of Social Development’s annual grant.

The National Lotteries Commission recently assisted in the purchasing of a structure, office equipment, branding and furniture, as well as vouchers for the purchase of the uniforms.

According to Themba Sethibang, project manager, the urgent need for school uniform was identified during the daily programmes through which meals are served.

He added that they saw the need to intervene as winter was approaching and some of the learners did not even have school shoes.

“We detected the possibility of a high rate of absenteeism among the children, as some would prefer to skip school and queue at the kitchen from the morning until we dish out,” revealed Sethibang.

Oliphant said they were struggling to make ends meet, as his wife relies on doing odd jobs. They are dependent on the soup kitchen for lunch during the week.

“I am at a loss for words with gratitude, as we were already starting to get worried due to the children’s uniform that we bought in January becoming small and worn out,” said Oliphant.

“We have been beneficiaries of the soup kitchen since it started operating.

“Their intervention also made a difference in terms of motivating the children to go to school, as they know they will find their food from the soup kitchen waiting for them at home.”

Oliphant wished the management, whom he referred to as the good Samaritans, blessings from God in order for them to continue spreading the same kind of love to others in need.

I am at a loss for words with gratitude, as we were already starting to get worried due to the children’s uniform that we bought in January becoming small and worn out. – Sabata Oliphant

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