From drug addict to ‘saviour’ of addicts

2017-05-02 06:01
nosipho mkhizeFounder of Favoured Footprint, Nomfundo Cele.

nosipho mkhizeFounder of Favoured Footprint, Nomfundo Cele.

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DISAPPOINTMENT and hatred caused by her ex-lover turned Nomfundo Cele (31) into a drug addict and alcoholic, however, Cele is now a born-again Christian whose mission is to save drug addicts from destroying themselves.

“As a teenager I used to hang out with boys. At school we used to smoke and drink at school events, however, when I met the father of my children I was exposed to a lot of things, including drugs.

“I fell pregnant by him at the age of 15 — he was 25. We would go out and drink at parties, but my relationship with him was not stable. He left me for long periods of time, and when he came back, and we reunited, I always fell pregnant, resulting in us having three children. Eventually he officially left me when I was 21 and got engaged to another woman.

“I was completely wrecked because I loved him and had no other man in my life. I was emotionally abused so I started to take drugs and drink. I became a party animal. I didn’t care about life. I hung around with gangs. I got a job in Pretoria as an intern, but left after five months because I wanted to come back to Durban and party.

“I was arrested twice for being violent. The worst was when I messed up things with someone I was in a relationship with. He really loved me but left because I was ‘busy’ with drugs.”

Cele’s turning point came when she realised everyone was turning against her.

“My friends turned against me, everyone I thought I loved became my enemy and that gave me a wake-up call. I first decided to move away from bad people and began my spiritual journey and accepted Jesus in my life under the Everlasting Glory of God Church.

I then registered a company that was initially for tenders, however, God gave me another idea, which was to convert the company into an NPO called Favoured Footprints and help drug addicts get back on track.

“Favoured Footprints assists in helping people held captive by drugs and alcohol and other social and personal glitches to become free and liberated­ by empowering the mind, thus realising their full potential.”

Favoured Footprints works from an office sponsored by Councillor Bhekimuzi Mvubu in Ward 19 in KwaDabeka and Wyebank.

Favoured Footprints has clients in KwaDabeka, Clermont, KwaNdengezi, Molweni, KwaNyuswa, New Germany­, Nazareth, Hammersdale, Both’as Hill, Chatsworth, Umlazi, Newcastle, KwaNdegezi, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma.

Cele invites drug addicts, who want to live a drug-free life, to contact her.

“I also ask for sponsors to support us and help change the lives of the youth.”

For more information, contact 063 460 6548.

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