Storm wrecks havoc

2016-03-08 06:00
PHOTO: nosipho mkhize Grade R teacher Nomfundo Maphanga stands at the damaged office of Phinduvuye.

PHOTO: nosipho mkhize Grade R teacher Nomfundo Maphanga stands at the damaged office of Phinduvuye.

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LAST week’s storm left many people without a roof over their head and in some areas it is reported, people were killed by lightning.

Phinduvuye Community Development Project workers were shocked when they found they no longer had a office because the wind just about destroyed it.

“We thank God that no one was in the office when the incident occurred. We were shocked on Saturday morning when we saw the office in the condition the wind had left it. This is a major setback for the organisation because it was used for our support group that takes care of children infected and affected by HIV/Aids,” said Phinduvuye Grade R teacher Nomfundo Maphanga.

“Phinduvuye has a crèche on its premise and the children used the same building to play games - we called it the ‘safe park for kids’ because it was a place where we could keep them off the road. We also used the building to feed lunch to elderly people every Wednesday.

“Not only did the storm damage the roof, now the children don’t have any toys or books. What amazes us is that the building is one of the newest on the premises.”

“Most houses in the area have been left with no roof or windows. We are lucky that no one was injured. My neighbour’s house was also badly damaged by the storm.”

Phinduvuye Community Development Project founder BajabulileGumede said: “We have worked so hard to make this organisation a success. I almost fainted when they told me our office had been left a wreck. The incident has made our lives difficult and to make it worse the organisation has no running water at the moment, so we have volunteers who carry the water with buckets. I am appealing to anyone who is willing to help to contact us.” To provide help or for further information contact Bajabulile Gumede on 082 836 9827.

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