The Story of Mluti Community
Senty Khoza has served with Mluti Community Based Organisation (CBO) in Mandlesive Community since 2003 when she started as a volunteer Care Worker. Senty and other women from the community felt called by God to care for the most vulnerable. Senty was selected as a leader in Mluti because of her passion and heart for the children of her community. She would encourage the other Care Workers that servanthood is “being available at any time” and has lived this out for over 10 years, always putting the children before herself. Senty is determined, despite the many challenges the children face in Mluti. A huge number of people in her community are from Mozambique having fled after widespread conflict or famine. They arrived in South Africa without legal documents, making life difficult for them and their children because they cannot access government support. Very few families have jobs or a secure income.
Children currently supported: 50
Number of Care Workers: 10
Coordinator Name: Catherine
Distance from HAZYVIEW Local Office: 70 km
Mluti is a vast community and children are often very spread out. To ensure the most vulnerable children could access care on a daily basis, a second Care Point was opened. This Care Point is in the home of one of the Care Workers who has committed to caring for children each day from her own home, to ensure those who live far away from the main Care Point can still be supported and nurtured.
Senty says her dream is to see the community of Mluti united in caring for the most vulnerable children. She hopes to see Mluti Community Based Organisation further join with local churches in bringing change in the lives of the children. Senty prays that the children they are serving will be able to finish school, equipped to invest back into their community.
In 2019, due to a change in Government policy, children who do not have proper legal documentation to attend school will no longer be permitted. The Hands at Work local office teams in Hazyview and Oshoek are working hard to make plans for the children and families this will directly affect. Hands at Work is seeking to understand the increased vulnerability our children face, not only due to the lack of education and regular routine, but in their day-to-day living. Hands at Work sees the Life Centre in each community as an opportunity to facilitate the growth and development for each child affected. Programs to facilitate learning, skills and development will be introduced at our Life Centres over the course of the first few months of 2019, allowing each child to have a place where they feel loved and a sense of belonging.
Mamello* was raised in Mozambique by his mother and stepfather. His stepfather died in 2012 and the family moved to Mluti community to be near Blessings, Mamello’s oldest brother. Tragically less than a year later Mamello’s mother died leaving Blessings to provide for his family. With the help of local Care Workers and the Service Centre they are working to make a better life for Mamello and his siblings. After the Youth Leaders Camp, Thulane became a mentor to Mamello and they now attend church together each Sunday.
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 Mluti. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.