Chief Expresses Gratitude for New Houses for Orphan and Vulnerable Children
We are writing to thank you for amazing support you have given us in this past two years since the beginning of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children housing project under the supervision of Mr Sibonakaliso Jabulani Mkhize our Project Manager of our site in Duduza Care Centre.
It is a very humbling experience for us to be part of such an initiative or a wonderful project like this one, especially the way it impacts people’s life in deep rural communities.
We have now been benefiaries of not less than 13 houses since the beginning of our relationship with the SACBC AIDS Office
Normally we will do home visits using our branded cars, in around places of Nkunzi, Jonono, Matiwane and Driefontein respectively. We were fortunate as the management of Duduza to be invited to the tribal court of abaNtungwa under the leadership of Inkosi Khumalo, who showered praises on our work in her area. Since we have started this project we have been keeping her up to date about the latest developments as far as new OVC houses were built. It will reduce overcrowding in these families, as the houses they live in are life threatening to them.
Izinduna also expressed words of appreciation concerning such an initiative, even go asking why we don’t build more houses because there are lot of orphans who are poverty stricken and homeless.
They are asking for more houses from the Catholic Church, SACBC AIDS Office in Pretoria.
The grandmothers and grandfathers of these orphans for whom we have built houses have expressed words of thanks to the Catholic Church. Most of them are on ARV treatment; some have been victims of abuse in the form of rape or substance abuse. Some of these children and grannies have AIDS because they took care of their daughters or sons who were infected and did not know their HIV status and could not protect themselves as well. Now these people are able to say, “We have a home. ” They are really happy about their houses.
We, the management of Duduza Care Centre, would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the SACBC AIDS Office, Sr. Alison, SACBC staff and all those who are contributing to change the lives of our ophans and vulnerable children. We are looking forward to extending this partnership in order to continue to change people’s lives in our society through assistance for OVC shelter.
In closing I would like to quote this saying “There is no place like home, home sweet home”
Sr M Colette Mthimkhulu
Duduza Care Centre-Maria Ratschitz Mission