The right to be human is denied every day to millions of people as a result of poverty, basic necessities such as food, jobs, water, shelter and healthy environments are not readily available to them. As the South African Red Cross Society, Disaster relief remains one of the core programs for isolated and mass cases in our communities. In light of Mandela Day 2019 theme #Action Against Poverty, we took it upon ourselves to restore their dignity and we became the change we want to see. Mogalakwena Football for Hope Centre identified a family of 11 living under inadequate conditions; the family did not have proper sanitation, clothing, blankets and food.
In the words of the Nelson Mandela, “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings”, we partnered with stakeholders to lend a helping hand. We managed to get a referral letter from the Department of Social Development to SASSA to secure food parcels for the family on a monthly basis, we also managed to collect donation of 30 bags of cement, school shoes and uniform from Foursight IT Business Solutions, Stands Stationery donated doors, Windus M & Associates Surveyors donated 40 bags of cement, together with Acute Innovation (Pty) Ltd made a meaningful contribution and SARCS Limpopo office donated sand, toilet frame, blankets and clothes for the Mongalo family in Phola Park.
We would like to show appreciation to everybody who made a meaningful contribution, we aim to continue making a difference in peoples’ lives, it is indeed time for new hands to lift the burden of poverty.