The Story of share Community
Share is a small, secluded and extremely poor village located about 30 kilometres from the town of Thulamahashe. Many of its inhabitants are refugees from Mozambique with no identification papers, making it difficult to gain employment and apply for grants in South Africa. Due to the isolation and lack of employment in the community, many of the men are forced to work in the mines in Johannesburg. Those that choose to stay often turn to alcohol to help relieve the boredom. As a result, there is a lack of positive male role models. The view that the boys in the community have of what a man must do, is distorted.
Children currently supported: 60
Number of Care Workers: 8
Coordinator Name: Promotion
Distance from Local Office: 75 km
It was out of a desire to see healing brought to her own community that Nhlanhla, the first CBO Coordinator, helped establish Nhluvuko Home Based Care in 2009. Within a year, Hands at Work began partnering with this community and identifying and serving the most vulnerable. Promotion is the current CBO coordinator and is supported by a group of local Care Workers, volunteers from churches in Share. One of these Care Workers is Evelyn. Even before Hands at Work was introduced to the community, Evelyn was caring for and nurturing her community. Brought to the community by marriage, she began visiting and sharing her compassionate heart with the people of Share. It was at a church service where she heard about Hands at Work and collected an information pamphlet to take home and read. Unbeknownst to Evelyn, there were other women just like her doing what they could to serve those around them. Without hesitation Evelyn committed to become a Care Worker with Nhluvuko CBO.
Initially, the Care Workers would gather under the shade of a tree each day, and begin cooking a hot meal for the passing children. It was the shock of seeing this act of servanthood that motivated a passerby in the community to finance the building of a structure for the Care Point. His only request was that the Care Workers be actively involved in the building so as to embrace full ownership. Nhluvuko CBO desires to see its feeding point developed to be a place that is not just a building, but a Life Centre where the children feel safe and are able to have fun, and a place where the Care Workers can continue to develop their relationships and better care for their children and one another.
Setu* stays with his mother Merlinah and his siblings. His mother is not working. The family are dependant on a child grant from the government that the children receive in order to buy food. One of the biggest challenges the family now faces is that their housing is not safe or secure. Setu is a quiet and shy child but since attending the Youth Leaders Camp he has been leading at the Care Point by praying, facilitating games, and encouraging other children.
The Hands at Work office in Hazyview currently supports six Community Based Organisations, which exist to care for the most vulnerable in their communities. The office provides training, networking, and encouragement to those Community Based Organisations like Nhluvuko. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.