None of us will ever understand the value of a gesture. To some a small gesture. Like buying one day of work a month for an unemployed person to help out in their own community. Who knows what that one day of work could mean. A moment of hope in a life filled with despair? A reaching out to someone less fortunate than yourself? At DreamWorker, we never really know the true value of a hand extended, a gesture of love. We can only trust and never stop believing that the smallest hand reaching out will make the biggest difference to the person being touched.
News from Link of Love Gugulethu
The team at community organisation, Yizani Sakhe, has been actively helping the unemployed in a myriad ways thanks to Link of Love. Here are just a few....
These disabled people at Vukuhambe Disability school were helped by Nondumiso Mazwi, an unemployed single mom of 3 boys. The bathroom areas were in serious need of cleaning and the lounge was massively untidy. But Nondumiso did not rest until everything was sparkling clean!
Granny Mary Mbiza was found by the Yizani Sakhe team in a house that was in a shocking state. It was discovered that Granny Mary had been staying with her friend, but when the friend passed away, she was left alone and destitute...
Thembela Fleki was a ray of light in Granny Mary’s life. Thembela is unemployed and is supported by her daughter. She has undertaken the loving task of raising her late sister’s two sons. Thembela was so happy to lend a caring hand to Granny Mary - she springcleaned every corner and prepared some good meals for her too! Granny Mary and Thembela Fleki are truly a shining example of “Link of Love in action”!
Nombulelo Madolo is a single parent, unemployed and living in a leaking shack. She has been battling to find work for 3 years. Her greatest heartache is that her son, in Grade 4 does not have a proper school uniform, as she simply does not have the money required. She is hoping to buy at least some part of his uniform with the funds earned from her Link of Love employment!
News from Link of Love Hanover Park
The “Parents Working for School Fees” programme is in full swing again after the Easter school holidays. Voorspoed Primary is still being supported and we now have a new High School on board – Crystal High.
Headmaster, Dino Abrahams is so grateful for the help being received from parents working on the programme. “Just this week I had 4 teachers absent” he shared. “Having Diane and Shireen on Link of Love has taken an enormous burden off my shoulders as we are already so short staffed. Thank you DreamWorker for this fantastic programme which is helping me with staff and more importantly, helping our unemployed parents pay their fees!”
Diane Constable has been unemployed for about 4 years now. But that has not stopped her contributing in her community. She has discovered a passion for helping kids at school and she can be found volunteering at Crystal High School, Monday to Friday.
But she still needs to pay her own school fees as she has 3 kids in high school. Diane’s dream is to be a social worker, teaching life skills to children. She is a dynamic woman who has founded the Hanover Park social development forum, a volunteer community group. Link of Love is all about this kind of circle of support - as Diane reaches out to the children every single day, we will reach out to her and ensure that she receives enough R100 vouchers to pay off her fees for the year. Thank you for being a ray of light to the leaders of tomorrow Diane!
Shireen Peters, like so many Capetonians, was employed for many years in the clothing industry. But, like so many, her factory work was terminated and she has been unemployed for 7 years now. Feeling herself slip into despair, she began to work in the community as a volunteer. And discovered her true passion! She opens her eyes every morning and the first question she asks is “Where can I help today?” She loves working at Crystal High as a classroom assistant and believes that the greatest gift we can give teenage children is an ear to listen to and an open heart. “I just want to be there for a child” she says “not only my own. Any child, no matter who. This is what really inspires me! Thank you Link of Love for helping me pay for my own child to be at this school. It is a real relief knowing my school fees will soon be paid up!”
from the DreamWorker/Link of Love team