From July’s Report:
“This month we distributed sanitary products to 50 young girls from areas of Phola, Jerusalem and Mahushu trust. Below are pictures of girls receiving their sanitary product.
From eMasoyi’s April Report:
“I reported on the March report that we bought and distributed sanitary towel but encountered a challenge that we could not find all the girls since they were not in schools due to the lockdown, we managed this month to distribute the remaining sanitary products to the girls which we could not find last month.”
From March’s Report [immediately before the Corvid-19 Lockdown]:
“We have distributed sanitary products to the children at their different villages for both girls and boys*. We managed to donate some of them by assembling the children, but we did not get to them all. We plan to distribute to the rest that we could not find next month.”
*March’s purchases of sanitary products attracted a discount, so the saving was used to buy toothbrushes and toothpaste. 15 boys were included in the distribution.
St Thomas’ Brampton Thursday Ladies Group had expressed concern about access to sanitary products for adolescent girls. On her visit in May, Nicky Aitken was sent with a donation from the group for that purpose. This report arrived shortly after returning to the UK:
“Sanitary towels were distributed to young girls during the bible club sessions that were held by the US team that was being accompanied by Bongekile and Esther [home-based care workers] in the various areas of the community in the past few weeks. Some were also given to the young girls when they came to collect their food parcels. The picture seen below shows some of the young girls proudly receiving their sanitary towels after they had a fruitful bible session with Bongekile and the US team in the Jerusalema area.”
No embarrassment here!
The Bul. Family consists of five members, a mother and her four children. They live in a four-room house, and the house is in very bad shape. The two eldest siblings managed to pass their grade 12, but they are currently sitting at home because they do not have money to go to university to further their studies. The other two are still at school, with one doing grade 12 and the other doing grade 2.
Their mother is critically ill; she is on treatment [ARV’s] and they are struggling with food and other basic household needs. Only one child receives the child support grant which is around R430.00 per month, which isn’t enough for the five family members. Their mother was their only bread winner after the passing of their father, but since the mother is sick, their situation has worsened.
We placed them on the Masoyi Trust food parcel programme because the food that they buy with the R430.00 does not last until month end. We are hoping that the two eldest sisters will be able to find some work so that they can take care of their mother and their younger siblings.
“I pray that open and closed support groups can be maintained or re-started, and be effective, for patients, for children and young people, and for caregivers.”
Report from Micheal Bobbert:
“This family consists of a mother and her two children living in an RDP house built for them by the government. The mother and nine-year old child Siy., who is in grade 5, are adhering to their treatment [HIV/AIDS]. Sih. is fifteen years old, and is currently in grade 9. Their mother is critically ill and unable to work and provide for her children. Their father’s whereabout is unknown to the care workers because the mother is unable to speak at the present moment due to her illness.
“Both children receive monthly child support grants from the government. The family was given this food parcel to help relieve the burden of using all their grant money to buy food instead of to buy school uniforms and other basic household needs.”
A report from the Project:
“The Mon. family consists of four orphaned siblings who live with their gogo [grandmother]. They are all in school. Kok., 14 years old, is doing grade 5 (M); Tha., 12 years old (M); Lol., 10 years old, is doing grade 4; Mma., 8 years (F), is doing grade 4. Their gogo does not take good care of them because sometimes she leaves them alone in the house and goes to her boyfriend. The house is not in good shape: the windows and doors are broken. Their house needs some major repairs before the winter season creeps in.
“Their mother passed away a few years ago but their father is still alive. He moved and neglected his children to live with another woman immediately after his wife passed on. The gogo misuses the children’s government grant money, spending it on men. The matter has been reported to the social workers and the she has been warned by the authorities.
“The care worker requested to place them in the Masoyi Trust UK food parcel beneficiaries programme until their grant money issue is sorted out.”
“Please continue to enable workers to help children and young people obtain legal documents, so they can access resources such as child grants and schooling.”
[In 2019, due to a change in Government policy, children who do not have proper legal documentation to attend school will no longer be permitted.]
Report from Micheal Bobbert:
“Work at the Mny. siblings’ house is completed. The toilet has also been recently done and dusted. What is now required is that Selinah and Zelda [Project workers] go and dust and mop the floors and clean, and then hang the curtains.
With the R4,000 [£215] for furnishing the house, Selinah and I went to buy two single beds at R1,500 each at the factory where they make the beds. We also bought bedding (linen), pillows, mats, wall watches [clocks], a mirror etc. All these items cost us up to about R3 800, and we are still short of pots, dishes and a fridge.”
[There are funds available for these. Pr. and Si. should be moving into their new home by early May.]