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2016-10-11 06:00
Husband and wife UMkhumbi Development members Skhumbuzo and Nosipho Masikane with Nal’ibali T-shirts. Photo: nosipho Mkhize

Husband and wife UMkhumbi Development members Skhumbuzo and Nosipho Masikane with Nal’ibali T-shirts. Photo: nosipho Mkhize

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UMKHUMBI Development Project and Nal’ibali, held literacy training for the youth of KwaNdengezi.

UMkhumbi founder, Pastor Skhumbuzo Masikane said: “UMkhumbi Development Project is registered as a NPO and has partnered with Nal’ibali, an organisation that has trained 35 Funda leaders, who have established reading club networks.

“We spoke to the management of KwaManzini Primary and Nkosenye Intermediate to introduce reading for enjoyment and they were amazed. One teacher said reading boosts pupils’ performance and develops their interest to study for exams.

“The school schedule for reading for Grade R to Grade 7 pupils will be from Tuesday to Friday every week.”

He said the organisation is in need of funds since it has to provide a stipend for Funda leaders and provide books for the reading clubs.

“At the moment we work from home and we need offices. Our long-term goal as UMkhumbi is to create an open library with a reading section for children and a campaign that encourages old people to read, establish more reading clubs and approach religious organisations to start reading session on Sundays for children.”

UMkhumbi Development Project is an organisation formed by Pastor Skhumbuzo and his wife Nosipho Masikane of House of Praise International Church in KwaNdengezi, which they believe can fight poverty in that community.
Skhumbuzo said he remembers his mother helping people, so the need to help people grew within him.
“There is nothing more calming than helping disadvantaged people. My mother used to help people with food and clothes. I would watch her do this and her love for taking people out of poverty remains in my heart.
“I started off small by helping poor families in my neighbourhood then I decided to register a non-profit organisation in 2011. That year we adopted 15 homes as members and gave them food and clothes. Our main aim as an organisation is to change lives and remind other people that there is still hope.
“We believe in fighting against poverty, and with help and support we believe we can.”
He said the organisation became known to the community after working with local clinics.
“The eight members of the organisation brainstormed ways in which we can assist the community. We then decided to provide tea, sandwiches and biscuits for the Kwandengezi Clinic, Nagina Clinic, St Mary's Hospital and Hillcrest Hospital patients.
“We felt that most patients leave home early without having breakfast and most are on medication.
“We felt that by providing them with breakfast will make it better for them to take medication, but we cannot continue with this initiative because the organisation relies on sponsorship and donations, however, we wish to reintroduce this initiative, but need businesses to come on board.”

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