Our team met with them to assess their needs and what the house needed to become a healthier living environment. We got hold of Jane's* family members to take care of them while we renovated, and got to work. The house was extended with more rooms, we built an outdoor toilet, cleaned, fix the roof and gathered furniture donations.
We helped Sarah* do her online applications for Grade 8 in 2021 with help from the Department of Education. She was successfully accepted in Letlotlo Secondary School. Zinhle* started attending our skills training courses in Basic Accredited Computer and Life Skills. When he graduated, we referred him to an opportunity to do a one-year learnership at a local grocery store, Big Save. He was chosen for an interview, which he passed and is now working at Big Save earning a monthly a stipend.
Today, they are all happy to be back home and leading more healthy, purposeful lives. We are still supporting them with clothing donations, food parcels and doing follow up visits. Our mission is to help people in our community get on their own two feet, become motivated and become independent of hand outs. That's why our name is "Lesedi la Batho" - meaning "light for the people" in Setswana.
Thank you for being a part of this beautiful project in Mabopane, South Africa!
Scroll through the gallery below to see before and after photos of the Khumalo's house.
*Names changed to protect the identity of our beneficiaries