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.
The four Macuveze orphans recently received a gesture of help in the form of food parcels from the Tikvha Foundation, in association with TG Training Academy and Security.
This is not the first time that Tikvha Foundation has brought relief from hunger and added value to the four siblings’ lives at Mahatlani, near Masakona village. Over the past three years, they had donated food and clothes to them several times.
Tikvha Foundation’s Mr Ashley Mabasa said that the siblings’ living conditions were pathetic since they had nowhere to get food. “We are always touched by their case,” he said. “We hope the government will eventually step in and help these children.”
Palmira Macuveze (19), Nkhensani Macuveze (16), Endlani Shilenge (7) and Julius Shilenge (5) have been struggling for more than six years now to get the Department of Home Affairs to issue them with birth certificates. Their struggle started after the death of their father, Mr Louis Macuveze, in 2008, and their mother, Ms Anabela Shilenge, in 2013. The Department of Home Affairs could not issue the birth certificates, since the children’s father had originally come from Mozambique.
“We have got no relatives whom we know in Mozambique,” said Palmira. “This is our only home which we have known – our parents passed on while we all lived in this house.”
Four years ago, the Department of Home Affairs said the orphans should discuss the issue with the Department of Social Development, who would investigate the matter and supply supporting documents to assist Home Affairs to issue certificates, if possible. “But that was all done, and nothing has been forthcoming,” Palmira said.
Local Sanco chairperson Sammy Mabasa tried in vain to assist the orphans to get birth certificates. “The social workers who were handling the case failed to assist the children,” he said.
The Department of Social Development’s spokesperson, Kanakana Mantshimuli, said that the orphans should contact the office of the social workers at Tiyani for help, or else exhaust the relevant channels in the district.
Those interested in helping the four orphans with food or clothes can contact Mabasa on 072 073 1140.
“It’s a great privilege to have donated food parcels to this household,” said Tikvha Foundation’s representative, Ms Nhlalala Tlakula. She said that Tikvha Foundation planned to distribute food parcels quarterly to orphans and widows around the communities with the aid of funding from various organisations. “Henceforth, we plead with different institutions to come on board and work hand in hand with us in reducing the plight of poverty in child-headed households,” she said. “This will truly help in reaching out to more households.”