Thandanani Lends a Hand During KZN Floods

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Contribution by OJA Beneficiary, Thandanani Children’s Foundation

In February this year, KwaZulu-Natal experienced several days of extremely heavy rain resulting in significant flooding in some areas.

Several of the families we work with were affected by these storms, the Sithole family being one of these. Part of the wattle and daub house that the Sithole family lived in collapsed during the storms and many of their household items, including their bedding, were ruined by the rain. So when Thandanani staff arrived with a new stove, bedding, pots, crockery and cutlery, the family was overjoyed.

When signing to acknowledge receipt of the items, Gogo Sithole burst into tears. She explained that these were tears of joy and relief as she thought she would be forced to take a loan from a “loan shark” to replace the things that they had lost.

The Ndawo family were similarly affected when their wattle and daub house became uninhabitable following the storms.

They had to erect a temporary corrugated shelter for themselves while they worked to repair their main house. With this temporary shelter being very cold, Thoko, the caregiver in the family, was overjoyed when Thandanani staff arrived with a new stove, bedding, pots, crockery and cutlery for the family. She was especially grateful for the new bedding as she explained that her elderly mother and grandmother to her children, was old and frail and had been struggling with the cold. “I don’t how to express my gratitude.

My mom will now be warm and get nice hot meals” said Thoko.