Help families live better

2018-02-27 06:00

Family bonds and ties are crucial for the wellbeing of the community.

With families being torn apart due to poverty and substance abuse, Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Vrygrond, is doing all it can to bring families together and restore dignity to families that are falling apart.

About five years ago, the foundation started the Adopt a Family project, which aims to help struggling families in the Vrygrond area and surroundings.

Mymoena Scholtz, foundation director, says: “It is about struggling families and we want to help them in whichever way we can. These families that come under this project do not have a place to live, or live in really bad conditions, which affects the health and morale of the individuals. This leads to a broken-down family that filters through into the community. The community has to deal with the effects of this. The aim of this project is to keep families together,” she says.

Scholtz says the ultimate goal when they started the project was to restore human dignity. “Change is what we are trying to bring to the people, to make them see that others believe in them and that others are willing to invest in them.”

Having worked in the community for years, Scholtz says that her family means a lot to her and that seeing so many broken families drove her to do something about the problem. “It is very heartbreaking for me to see families struggling. Some are really trying and through the help of others they can live a better life. Seeing the poverty and suffering of families just doesn’t sit well with me. Although I come from a poor background, this kind of poverty is not fair on anyone and I have to do my bit to help them. Our communities live in homes that are not conducive and I cannot just sit back and do nothing. We all have the right to a good and warm home – it does not have to be fancy, but liveable – access to water and meals. That is what we aim for, but as you know it is challenging,” she says.

Through the project, a struggling family is connected with a sponsor who will help them with their needs. “We raise funds for the families, and help them with a decent roof over their heads. When we have matched the donors, we need to identify a place that is good for the families in the area. The donor will help the family as much as they can. We want to bring back hope and strength and that is why we try to help the families. We are looking for more donors that can adopt families in this area. There are a lot of challenges and we can only deal with them by working together,” says Scholtz.

V To adopt a family, call Where Rainbows Meet on 021 701 0328.

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