Children’s NGO running out of food

2016-07-26 06:00
Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe administrator Pamela Magidigidi points to a broken window that has been temporarily fixed with metal.  Photo: Nosipho Mkhize

Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe administrator Pamela Magidigidi points to a broken window that has been temporarily fixed with metal. Photo: Nosipho Mkhize

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ENHLANHLENI Isibani Sezwe, an organisation for orphans and vulnerable children, recently held a prayer session and an awareness campaign on drugs and HIV/Aids.
Enhlanhleni founder, Pastor Alfred Ntshangase, said the campaign was well presented and informative.
“During the campaign we had talks on drugs, abuse and more on HIV/Aids since most of the children we assist are infected and affected by HIV/Aids. We discovered that most children are on antiretroviral treatment and most of them don’t know what the treatment is for and why they taking it.

“Many parents are too scared to tell their children about the disease, so as an organisation we saw the need to teach the children as well as give them hope by telling them that HIV/Aids is not a death sentence.”

Pastor Ntshangase said the organisation currently doesn’t have enough food to feed the children.
“The organisation is running out of food. We have decreased our soup kitchen days. We used to cook for the children everyday, but now we can only provide them with food three days a week. We also have a challenge with not having enough resources to work with.
“Another major problem at the centre is the broken doors and windows that need fixing. The children need to be in a safe environment which is why we need to fix the doors and the windows quickly.”

The organisation was registered in 2005 after seeing many orphaned and abused children in his church.

“The organisation started off with just Sunday school members in 2002, but grew over the years after realising that most of our community live in poor conditions. We provide 20 families with food parcels, 534 orphans and vulnerable children and 15 people who are living with chronic illnesses.

“Our focus is to feed the children because many go to sleep without supper. The children come to our office after school in order to get something to eat before helping them with their homework. Some of the children have their last meal at our office before leaving for home.”

Enhlanhleni administrator Pamela Magidigidi said the organisation is desperately in need of funding.
“We need funding to grow the organisation. We had a discussion with members and came to the conclusion that in order for us to grow, we need to come up with ideas that will bring in funds.
“We need a stove so we can start baking classes and sell cakes. We also need at least three sewing machines to begin a sewing project and we need computers. A lot of youngsters in the area don’t even know how to switch a computer on and if we can teach them basic computer skills it will make a huge difference.”

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