NGO promotes awareness campaigns

2016-02-09 06:00
 Photo: nosipho mkhize Senzakwenzeke Multipurpose NGO spokesperson Buyi Sibiya outside the premises.

Photo: nosipho mkhize Senzakwenzeke Multipurpose NGO spokesperson Buyi Sibiya outside the premises.

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Senzakwenzeke Multipurpose NPO was founded in 2010 by the Nazareth youth to assist the community with various needs.

Senzakwenzeke spokesperson Buyi Sibiya said the organisation has four other members - Nonjabulo Shange, chairperson, Sandile Dlongolo, secretary, Sihle Mthiyane and Vusi Mathe.

She said the NGO works with the Department of Social Development.

“The organisation was established after we saw the urgent need to assist the youth and community in Nazareth area. The organisation focuses on HIV/Aids and drug awareness campaigns. We recently held a campaign and asked the community to take a free HIV test and to be part of the event by being taught on how to prevent HIV/Aids from spreading.

“We know that people are aware of the disease, however, people are infected every day so we need to continue with awareness campaigns and continue educating people about how to reduce the spread of the disease by being cautious at all times.

“When we initiate drug campaigns we invite former drug addicts to share their stories on how they beat the addiction. Drugs are rife in our community and the youth are turning to drugs and alcohol as a solution to their problem.

“We have testimonials of people who were drug addicts, but who have been clean for years. During our campaigns we educate people so they will change for the better.”

The organisation also promotes sport and talent.

“We don't only hold awareness campaigns, we encourage talent and promote sport by holding tournaments and talent shows where we hand out certificates to the winners as encouragement.”

She said the organisation owns a car wash, a salon and a fast-food restaurant however, tragedy struck when the organisation was robbed.

“We are facing a big challenge with people breaking into our premises. We have worked so hard to put together these businesses, which all help to raise funds. The thieves took all the electrical appliances at the car wash and the restaurant. Now we have to raise funds to buy everything we lost.

“We also had a challenge of not having electricity for a long time because the Nazareth Clinic used to supply us with electricity, but thieves cut and stole the cables.

“We are now in a process of getting our own prepaid electricity. We urge the public not to vandalise our property because we are trying to uplift the community, and if criminals steal from us it is difficult for the organisation to help community members. We need the community to support us.”

For more information, on Senzakwenzeke Multipurpose NGO, contact Sibiya on 078 488 7535 or Dlongolo on
071 356 1731.

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