Woman asks for gifts to give to the needy

2016-09-07 06:00
THE beneficiaries, parents and teachers at the Letshego Primary School with the donor, Tsholofelo Molise, and learner Fikile Thibogang (5) in front. Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE beneficiaries, parents and teachers at the Letshego Primary School with the donor, Tsholofelo Molise, and learner Fikile Thibogang (5) in front. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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IT all started on a cold winter morning when Tsholofelo Molise took her niece to school in her home town in Vryburg.

“I drove past a pair of twins who were walking to school. What caught my eye about these children was the fact that they were not wearing any shoes.

“I felt something inside me but did not know what to do. It was very cold on that morning. I was inside the car, wrapped in my warmest night gown and slippers, but I still felt cold.

“I dropped my niece off and returned home, but the sight of those barefoot children continued to haunt me,” explained Molise.

She felt the urge to search for those children as she did not know where to find them.

This led her to approach township schools that catered for children from squatter camps to ask the shoe sizes and the sex of disadvantaged learners.

“As I was approaching my birthday in 2015, and some of my friends and relatives asked me what presents to buy for me, I requested school shoes.

“Excited by the idea, some bought more that one pair and this allowed me to donate over 150 pairs of shoes in Vryburg.”

Molise shared this experience with the learners of the Letshego Primary School in Galeshewe, that she visited, motivating them to learn to share at a young age.

Molise says she believes God has given her the experience so that she could have a heart to help others.

On Friday, 26 August, Molise arrived at the Letshego Primary School to continue her mission and donated over 20 pairs of school shoes to identified disadvantaged learners.

Upon moving to Kimberley earlier this year in February, she identified three primary schools (Letshego Tshiamo and Tshwarelela) as beneficiaries.

“I am planning to do this as an annual thing and to continue this mission wherever I am, on every birthday. I will never forget how touched I was by the facial expression of each and every child who had been handed a pair of shoes for the first time.

“This was a priceless moment and I intend sharing it with my seven year old daughter.”

Molise promised to teach her daughter the nature of sharing at a young age, especially given the fact that she is raised by her in-laws, who tend to spoil their grandchildren.

Regarding her own childhood, Molise revealed that she was raised by her granny, whom she believes is the one who passed on her passion for giving and sharing.

“I was raised by my granny in a family of six after my mother passed away.

“She was such a people’s person. She always used to cook in big pots so that each and every person who came to our home would not leave before eating.

“She gave so much with the result that that our home was always a hive of activity,” she said.

One of the beneficiary’s parents, Mpho Leeuw is an unemployed mother of two. She said the donation from Molise brought light in her family’s life.

“She is still young and I really wish God can grant her more so that she helps more children the way she did with us,” Leeuw said gratefully.

Patricia Sesedi from Bobo se Plaas, who has five children, was very happy to be called to the school.

“This was such a surprise for me. They met me half-way, as I am unemployed.

“Life is tough for me. I have been depending on child grants since the time I adopted my late sister’s two children,” she explained.

Pulane Moabi, a teacher at the school, also pleaded to members of the community to assist the school with whatever it is that they can donate.

“We have many cases of disadvantaged children at the school. Donations like these will certainly make a difference,” she said.

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