Domestic worker gets new home

2018-12-26 06:00

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LOCAL pensioner and domestic worker Antonia Mtambo (69), from Willowfountain, is well on her way to having a brand-new home built with funds raised by her employers, who set up a fundraising campaign on donations-based crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy.

Mtambo was living in a home that became irreparable following a white-ant infestation, this according to a press statement issued on behalf of BackaBuddy.

“To surprise Antonia with plans to rebuild her home, her employers for over 15 years, Michelle Hugo (68) and daughter Kerryn Hugo (35), set up a campaign on BackaBuddy to appeal to family and friends to carry out an act of kindness in time for the festive season,” the statement said.

“Antonia is one of the kindest, most gentle souls that I have ever met. She is incredibly modest, and always worries that she isn’t able to help me enough. But I honestly don’t know where I’d be without her — she’s become part of the family!

“Knowing that the home she built with her family was falling apart broke my heart ... She works so hard to support her family and I knew we had to do something to help her,” said Kerryn.

The campaign went live on October 18 this year and raised over R58 708.45 with contributions from eight donors, exceeding the initial target of R45 000.

“After not checking the BackaBuddy campaign for a couple of days, I went to have a look and, to my amazement, an anonymous donor from overseas had contributed $3 000 [R42 800] and exceeded our target. I struggled to sleep that night containing my excitement and couldn’t wait to share the news with Antonia,” she said.

A video clip shows Mtambo moved to tears by the news.

Backabuddy said the funds raised on the campaign so far will cover:

• compacting and preparing the ground for a concrete slab (for the floor/foundation)

• supplying and pouring the concrete slab

• supplying and building the outer walls with window and door frames

• supplying and fitting steel purlins for the roof, and roof sheets.

“If we could raise more funds, I’d love to get the interior walls built [the original quote was for exterior walls only, to keep the cost down], and look into organising plumbing and electricity. Otherwise, I’d love to get new furniture to replace that which has also been infested by the ants,” Kerryn said.

— The Witness

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