Helping hands make good neighbours
In difficult times many people suffer great hardships, are often alone and without aid. Many do not know how, or to whom, they should reach out.
Sophy Mosebetsi is one of those people who found herself alone and in a difficult situation in April 2019 when her adult daughter passed away, leaving Sophy to care for her three grandchildren (aged sixteen, six and four). Fortunately for this grandmother, her neighbour, Brenda Naholo, Programme Manager for Carryou Ministry’s Drop-in Centre in Elandsvlei, is someone who truly cares for her community.
The caring neighbour, Brenda Naholo, sixteen year-old Thapelo and Grandmother, Sophy Mosebetsi
When Brenda became aware of her Sophy’s plight, she arranged with Carryou to have food parcels delivered to their home on a monthly basis. As living costs mounted, Brenda decided to approach the Carryou Board members for assistance. Board Member, Pamela Maphoto, offered to donate R500 a month to help with Sophy’s expenses that include toiletries, electricity, school fees, uniforms and transport.
Six-year old Ofentse and her four-year old brother, Sfiso
The two younger children Ofentse (six) and Sfiso (four) attend school close to home, but sixteen-year-old Thapelo’s school is relatively far from home so the transport costs add to the burden of making ends meet. Thapelo, currently in Grade 9, helps his grandmother as best as he can and hopes to become a police officer once he finishes his schooling.
Sophy is always very grateful for the assistance she receives, but continues to struggle with the daily challenges of raising three children in a small house and trying to feed and clothe them. Having a caring neighbour like Brenda and an organisation like Carryou Ministry to help lighten the burden, makes life a little easier and Sophy manages to wipe away her tears when Brenda stops by.