Teenager wants to assist poor families

2019-09-04 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedFounder of Source of Self Esteem Organisation, Nokwanda Hlongwa.

PHOTO: suppliedFounder of Source of Self Esteem Organisation, Nokwanda Hlongwa.

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A TEENAGER from KwaQanda in Elandskop says helping other people live better lives is her passion.

To help her in her task, Nokwanda Fundisiwe Hlongwa (19) started a non-profit organisation called Source of Self Esteem Organisation (SOSEO), which was established in July last year.

The aim of the organisation is to help those who have lost confidence due to different reasons bring back their confidence and improve their self esteem.

It also assists families that cannot afford basic needs, such as food.

Speaking to Echo, Hlongwa said one of her friends dropped out of school in Grade 9 due to poverty at her home.

She said her friend could not concentrate at school as she was worried about what she was going to eat after school and the next day.

“She left school and went to look for a job as a domestic worker so that they could survive at home.

“That hurt me a lot and inspired me at the same time to start this organisation, to avoid this from happening to other children.

“Many families in our community are living under the poverty line due to being uneducated. I want to use this organisation to help them.

“I want them to know that there are people who can help them but that does not mean they must stop trying to change their situation,” said Hlongwa.

Hlongwa said that she has always had a passion for helping people but she did not have much information on how to go about doing so.

“Since I started school I have never thrown away my uniform.

“When schools opened in January every year I used to look for a child who was really in need of a uniform and I would give it to her,” she said.

Hlongwa said her plan is to grow her organisation to be able to help more people who are in need in her area but she is also looking for sponsors to assist her.

Hlongwa said she believes that in helping those families, she will be investing in children’s futures, saying: “The children will go to school knowing that they will have something to eat when they get back home.”

If you would like to help Hlongwa, you can contact her at 083 502 2832 or WhatsApp 065 336 1519.

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