Market day to help create jobs

2016-09-13 06:00
Tasieron Lewin has sleepless nights because of her sons who are drug addicts. To help them and others in their area they will be hosting a small business market day in October to offer them opportunities. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Tasieron Lewin has sleepless nights because of her sons who are drug addicts. To help them and others in their area they will be hosting a small business market day in October to offer them opportunities. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Tasieron Lewin (46) from Steenberg says a mother can deal with any challenge and conquer anything, but the worst challenge and the most difficult to overcome is that of a child who is a drug addict.

The mother of five says she has been to hell and back because all her sons are drug addicts. Three of them are biological sons and the others are foster children. They are aged between 22 and 30.

“I don’t think anyone can survive a day in my shoes. I have been through so much because my sons are drug addicts. It has messed up their lives and I just don’t know how to help them. It’s affecting everyone in my family. I have lost (money) because they have been stealing from me. I have been in and out of courts because of the crimes that they committed,” says Lewin.

Being the only breadwinner she says times are tough. “There are times we go without food. When I get money I have to buy six to seven loaves of bread and a kilo of sugar so that we have something to eat. My husband can’t work anymore due to the stress that he suffered because of our kids being on drugs. He had four strokes and I have to run around and make sure that there is something to eat,” she adds.

Lewin says although her children and other addicts might go to rehabilitation centres, when they come back in their areas there is nothing to do. “There is no work or any other activity to keep them busy. Before you know it they are back on street corners smoking again. I have had it hard. We end up arguing with my sons for petty things. They are at home with no work and no food. I have to fend for them. At times we even argue why they can’t have six or eight slices of bread. I look after 11 people. We all have to share and these are grown men.”

She also looks after kids who are affected by substance abuse at their homes.

“They come to me with no food. I have to share the little that I have with them. At times they come here so I can prepare them for school. I have to give out the little food I have for the younger ones because I know the challenges in at their homes.”

“I believe if we had work and other things to keep our children busy we wouldn’t be dealing with so many drug issues. I can promise you that most of the youth here are on drugs. They don’t have anything to do, so they smoke. I want to change that,” she says.

On Saturday 1 October they are launching a market day for small businesses in their area, starting at 10:00.

“I’m just starting with two roads in my area. I know these kids – even the ones who are on drugs – are talented. They are good people who just need help. If you look at my kids – they are amazing, very skilled and well-mannered. They just become different beings when they smoke. I want to help them and others, that’s why I’m launching the market day to give them something to do. Drugs are killing them, yet they have so much they can do.”

V For more information on the market day call Lewin on 083 691 5176.

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