NGO pleads for food as hunger grows

2018-04-03 06:01
Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe NGO volunteer Nosindiswa Mgobozi. PHOTO: nosipho mkhize

Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe NGO volunteer Nosindiswa Mgobozi. PHOTO: nosipho mkhize

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ENHLANHLENI Isibani Sezwe NGO is appealing to the community for food donations. The organisation’s founder, Pastor Ntshangase, said the NGO is struggling as it has to feed over 80 people a day, including children. “The number of people we feed is increasing day by day. We even run out of plates for dishing up.

“We are in desperate need of a gas stove, food and plates. We try to host fund-raising initiatives by selling donated clothes to the community, but the money we raise is not enough.

“Our focus is to feed the children because many go to sleep without supper. The children come to our office after school so we can give them something to eat before helping them with their homework.

“Some of the children have their last meal at our office before going to their homes,” he said. The organisation looks after orphans and vulnerable children in and around the Upper Highway area.

It was registered in 2002 after Ntshangase noticed 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 we realised that most of our community live in poor conditions. We feed about 126 children and help more than 1 000 people, including children and adults.

“We have some children who don’t have birth certificates or a social grant so we work with the relevant government departments for them to be admitted to school while they get grant money for survival,” he said.

Many of the children are HIV-positive so the organisation’s support groups teach them about the disease.

“We have volunteers who tell them about the disease and why they are on ARV treatment. Some of them didn’t know they have the disease because their families were too scared to tell them. Many of the senior citizens in our community live with their grandchildren, who are often drug addicts.

“They steal from them to satisfy their desires while others end up raping them and we provide food and counselling for the rape victims,” he said. If anyone wishes to donate to Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe, they can contact Pastor Ntshangase at 082 666 0876.

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