News From March

Our supporters here in the UK enable us to send funds to eMasoyi in South Africa to give monthly food parcels to vulnerable families in the community. The pandemic has made this even more necessary. A monthly food parcel provides vital support and relief to families living in poverty.

Below we invite you to read about some of the families we support. These stories were sent from our partners in South Africa.

 Ngo. Vulnerable Family

The Ngo. vulnerable family consists of eight members who live with their mother. They live in their family home. Their mother does not work fulltime but in various part time jobs in the community. The whereabouts of the children’s father is unknown. He left the family many years back.

The family survives with the child social grant, which four of the children receive, to provide for other basic needs the family has.

Pri. Ngo., the eldest daughter, collected their food parcel whilst the others were in school.  When asked her about her interests and future dreams; she said she is interested in reading books and dreams of one day becoming a social worker. She could be able to help in improving her family living conditions, and also to become a role model to her siblings.

Mas. Vulnerable Family

There are 6 members in the Mas. family ranging from 2 months old to 15 years old. They live together in their mother’s family home.

Their father left the family to live in another location a long distance away. He does not support the family, and does not care how they are coping because he has never contacted the family after he left.

Mar. Mas. collected the food parcel. She said she is interested in playing soccer. She hopes to study and become a lawyer, and help change the situation of the family and also inspire her siblings.

Ntsiki and New Workers

From February’s Report:

1. NtsikiNtsiki. is 35 years old; she lives in her family home with her husband and two daughters. Ntsiki’s interest is in baking cakes. Her future hopes are to see herself and the family living  long and healthy lives and seeing God blessing her family more. The work that she does is HR work in the organisation, and data capturing.”

Here is a picture of Ntsiki  doing her work

“We have two new staff members who  work in the office under the public works IDT programme which  supports the organisation: Maryjane Nkosi is responsible for making sure that all the expanded public works programme beneficiaries sign attendance registers. She also assists in OVC food parcel distribution.  Prisca Dube is working in the yard alongside France.”

Unidentified Donations

This is a curious one.  We have had a few donations recently through the banking system’s direct payments (always grateful for them!), which we have been unable to acknowledge to the donor.  This is because the bank reference and customer reference do not contain the donor’s name.  There is a sort code and account number, but that does not help us identify the donor!

If you have made a donation and had no acknowledgement from us, please get in touch and let us know.

And to avoid this happening in the future when making a direct payment, choose the Bill Payment option, which allows you to add your own reference – preferably your name!

Tuberculosis and Prostate

From February’ Report:

“We visited a 48-year old male patient in the area of Jerusalem Trust. He lives alone in his two-roomed house.  The patient was diagnosed with tuberculosis and is on treatment. He also complains of painful lumps from his prostate. He is not working; he said sometimes it is difficult for him to get food to eat.

Feb Jerusalem blur

“Solution: We advised him to visit the clinic so he could get help with the pain from his lumps. After he said he struggled to get food we gave him a food parcel. We prayed for him and encouraged him to drink lots of water and eat healthy food at all times.

“We encouraged him to stay healthy, wash his hands before and after eating as well as when he comes from the toilet, and to always wear his face mask to protect himself from the coronavirus. We promised to visit him again to check on his wellbeing.”

Covid-19 = No Work

From February’s Report:

“We visited a family in the area of Phola; the family consists of four members, the father, mother and two children. All the family members are on HIV/AIDS treatment and they have been on treatment as a family for years now; they all live in a two roomed house.

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One of the children receiving          their food parcel

“The father was working and the family depended on him for food and other basic needs, but he has not been able to  work since the coronavirus pandemic started.  They now depend on their neighbours who sometimes help them with food to eat.

“We gave the family a food parcel to eat and encouraged them to plant a vegetable garden* that will help to provide them with free vegetables so that they will not struggle so much.”

*Lack of access to water is why most people are not able to grow vegetables.

The Roof is On!

From February’s Report:

“We have  completed  roofing  the house, as well as putting a new roof on the old one-room part. We have  started and will be looking to finish the interior and exterior plastering of the house, as well as fitting glass in the windows and other work during the month of March.”

No I.D., No Benefits

From February’s Report:

“We visited a 59-year old female patient from Jerusalem. The patient is staying with her family in their three -roomed family home. She is on HIV/AIDS treatment, and has been living with HIV for the past ten years.

“The patient told us that she is a foreigner and she does not have a South African identity document. She said there is no one working in the family, and she has not been able to find employment for herself because of not having a South African identity document.

Feb Jerusalem2 blur

“The patient asked for assistance in getting an identity document so  that she can apply for the old age grant. We advised her to visit the department of home affairs either at White River or Hazyview where she can get better assistance, we also provided her with the home affairs working hours.

“We gave the patient a food parcel and promised to visit her again to get an update on her department of home affairs visit, as she said she will visit the department’s offices.”

As you can see, having an I.D. is vital for receiving state benefits.

Collecting Food Parcels

 

It is with great sadness we have to tell you that Loveness, one of the staff at the Lula Pre-School Centre, died yesterday.   

Please pray for her family, her colleagues at Lula, and all who knew and loved her.

From February’s Report.

In the first photo, you can see the K2 veg. garden, with a healthy-looking green crop, possibly ready to harvest.