of help to orphans on 24th December 2007)
(see more on visit by NY students)
During the past few months a Kwasizabantu team
(J. Dube, A. Mdlalose, E. Khwela, V. Matveyuk) has been assisting the many orphans in
local areas. A similar ministry is happening at the Kwasizabantu mission at Malelane
different locations are being visited as often as possible. The orphans are checked for
information about their situation (when their parents died, who their care-givers are,
etc), to register them for assistance. They are given a pack of food during registration.
Sometimes clothing is also handed out.
have more than 200 orphans registered. The average is about 50 orphans per area.
Altogether, we are providing clothing, food (and sometimes extras like toys for the
smaller children), to about 2000 orphans.
Most of these
orphans have lost their parents because of the Aids crisis. Others have simply been
abandonded by their parents. Many grandmothers are using their meager pension (R700 per
month) to feed the family orphans. Often, there are 6 orphans to be taken care of, and one
case, 24! Men are virtually non-existant in the raising of the children or giving them any
support. Sometimes, men will arrive when food is being handed out, are often intoxicated,
and upset that they dont get given food like the orphans.
A pack of
food usually includes: maize meal, beans, rice, sugar, cooking oil, and tea. When the
mission has surpluses of vegetables, such as cabbages, sweet potatoes, lettuce, these are
also added to the food parcels.
leaders are required to be at the hand-out of food parcels and registration, together with
the children. This has become essential in order to corroborate that the children do
belong to the area and that some family (grandmothers, aunts and other relatives).
We hope and
pray that the Lord would open the hearts of these people to see that we are driven by the
love of Christ, that these orphans are not alone in the world, but that there is the
Saviour who shows His love to them.