A group of philanthropists brought smiles to the destitute Hlungwani children when they donated food parcels and clothes earlier this week.
Tikvha Foundation in association with TG Training Academy and Security drove all the way from Elim to Xigalo, to express a gesture of kindness and making a difference to the lives of the children who so needed help in life.
“We heard about the children’s plight and also read the story on Limpopo Mirror and realised that they were living in heartbreaking conditions,” said Tikvha Foundation’s Mr Ashley Mabasa. “We wanted to help them with food and clothes so they could feel a sense of relief from the pain and frustration of not knowing where to get a next meal from.”
Limpopo Mirror recently carried a story of a sickly thirteen-year-old boy who was spotted roaming the streets of Malamulele town and asking for food from townspeople. The boy, along with his older sister Tsakani Hlungwani (20) and a brother (18) were kicked out of the home by their father. They found a shack to stay at from a Good Samaritan who empathised with them. However, the sister, who had two children (a three-year-old son and an eight-month-old daughter) later moved out to live with a partner, leaving the thirteen-year-old brother with an older brother who spent most times away.
“We learned about the boy’s condition and felt a need to help better his living condition arise in our hearts,” said Mabasa.
However, the Tikvha Foundation’s team couldn’t meet up with the boy because the regional office of the social workers had removed the boy from home to a place of safety for convalescences reasons shortly after Limpopo Mirror’s visit to his home. “They said they would bring him back after a week or two,” said Tsakani. “But all along they were not doing anything to help him or any of us. Now that you have come here, they are acting as if they were helping all along.”
She thanked Tikvha Foundation for the generous help which they had extended to her.