NGO members pray for community

2017-04-18 06:00
 Photo: NOSIPHO MKHIZEClermont DJ’s Sizwe Ngcobo, Thabiso Nzama and Siboniso Ndlovu

Photo: NOSIPHO MKHIZEClermont DJ’s Sizwe Ngcobo, Thabiso Nzama and Siboniso Ndlovu

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ENHLANHLENI Isibani Sezwe, an NGO in KwaDabeka, recently held a prayer for the community who live in fear because of drugs and addicts.
“The prayer was to ask God to help us fight drugs in the community of KwaDabeka and Clermont. The rate is getting higher, leading to a rise in crime in the community. These drug addicts steal from the poor, rape children, the elderly and women and some of them even kill for their next fix.”

“The organisation started with Sunday school members in 2002, but grew over the years after realising that most of our community lives in poor conditions.
“We feed about 126 children and help more than 1 000 people, including children and adults.

The prayer was attended by KwaDabeka and Wyebank­ Ward 19 councillor Mvubu, Department of Health spokesperson Sister Shozi, Casipo Project spokesperson Cele, Department of Social Development spokesperson Mthimkhulu, Ikatsi NGO founder Nozipho Cele, SAPS spokesperson Mbatha and guest speaker from the Mayor’s office, Nompumelelo Ntshangase.

“Our focus is to feed the children because many go to sleep without supper. We decided they must come to our office after school so we can give them something to eat and help them with their homework.”

Organisation members monitor those who are HIV-positive and once they are on medication, they teach them to plant vegetables to sustain income.

“Once our members have recovered from the sickness we then teach them bead work and gardening and they sell the vegetables. They also take the vegetables to their families.
“We want to start a sewing project, but need sponsorships of sewing machines. The biggest challenge is not having enough food for members.

“Our soup kitchen runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday but sometimes we don’t have it at all because we don’t have enough food to feed our members. For more information, contact Ntshangase on 082 666 0876.











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