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6 April 2022

Shadi Serota

The vital role played by Social Auxiliary workers.

Continuing our series highlighting the vital role played by Carryou’s Social Auxiliary workers, we introduce 34 year-old Shadi Serota from the Elandsvlei Drop-In Centre. Shadi tells us how she came to work for Carryou, and the impact workers like her have had in the community.

Originally from Swaneville, a small township just outside of Krugersdorp on the West Rand, Shadi says she had a typical childhood.

“To be honest I never imagined myself doing social work. I studied tourism but something in my life changed and I became interested in helping and healing people” says Shadi.

Services and information often do not end up reaching the townships, so in order to help, Shadi applied for and got a spot on a Social Auxiliary course, studying through the Department of Social Development.

“I completed my course in April 2011 and luckily there was a vacancy at Carryou. I applied and was successful and it’s hard to think I have already been here for 10 years.”

The fundamental work performed by Social Auxiliary workers can best be described by Shadi.

“We mainly focus on social support which is broken down into restoring and uniting families and assisting with applications for documents like birth certificates and ID’s. These documents enable a person to reach important services. Many of our people do not have the knowledge of what they need in order to access government grants like social and disability grants and other aid instruments,” says Shadi.

“We also do home visits, where we can profile which families are in need of assistance. From there we liaise with the various stake-holders and come in and help the family with what they need. We’ve got Elandsvlei, Jabulani and Baepedi, all of which are very impoverished informal settlements – there’s a lot of unemployment and substance and sexual abuse,” she says. “There is a crisis in these areas and that’s where we come in and try to minimize the effects on children by having some form of divergence and awareness programmes to show them an alternative to the environment in which they are growing up.”

It’s an uphill battle but one in which there is much success to be proud of. Shadi says there are so many instances of young beneficiaries turning their lives around that she struggles to name one.

Making a difference, Social Auxiliary Workers​


The story of which Shadi is most-proud, is that of one of the former beneficiaries in Elandsvlei who came into contact with Carryou when she was just a little girl.

“She was part of our support and awareness programmes when she was still in school, and with Carryou’s help she completed her matric, obtained a bursary where she studied aviation and is now employed at Lanseria as a flight traffic controller,” says Shadi.

With numerous other examples to share it is clear why Shadi loves her job. She is currently studying Psychology via correspondence and is in her second year. She has two children and hopes to continue with her community work, but as a qualified doctor.

22 March 2022

Meet our people:

Noziquibo Mbatha

Learning is at the heart of development

42 year-old Noziquibo Mbatha features in the third part of our series highlighting the work of Carryou’s Social Auxiliary Workers and the important role they play in the community.

Noziquibo (Nozi) was born in Soweto but raised in Kwa Zulu Natal where she did her schooling. Life was not easy – her father passed away when she was in grade 11 and she had to work for two years to support her family before she could finish her matric.

Nozi continued her studies doing Industrial Psychology, Human Resource Management and Law at the University of Zululand and completed her final Diploma in 2003. Struggling to find work in Kwa-Zulu Natal, she moved to Gauteng to try her luck.

Starting off on the East Rand, Nozi worked briefly in Human Resources and then found employment with Mark Donald in Strydom Park, Randburg. Here, she qualified for a Social Auxiliary Worker learnership through the Department of Social Development. She started her journey as a qualified Social Auxiliary Worker in Roodepoort and later joined Carryou Ministry in 2013. Even after completing her diploma Nozi decided she wanted to advance her studies.

“I wanted to further develop as a qualified Social Worker and started studying through UNISA. Unfortunately, when my mother passed away I was so depressed I discontinued my studies. I only have three modules left to do, and it’s something I would like to complete as soon as I can,” says Nozi.

Although not a mother in her own right, Nozi is raising six children. Two of her sisters passed away and she took it upon herself to raise their children.

“With six boys, it’s very noisy but I love them all,” says Nozi. 

“I enjoy working with tertiary education facilities like UJ (University of Johannesburg) and UNISA” she says. “Here I assist students and help them study and prepare for exams. I am happy to say some of them are now managers at the Department of Health.”

One of Nozi’s proudest success stories is how she helped one of her Caregivers overcome her personal problems and earn a diploma in Early Childhood Development.

7 March 2022

Meet our people:

Maki Ramalete

38-year-old Maki Ramalete features in the second part of our series highlighting the work of Carryou’s Social Auxiliary Workers and the important role they play in the community.

Born in Mohlakeng, Maki was raised by brothers and sisters as her parents passed away when she was young.

“I was in Grade 3 when my Mom passed away and my brother took care of my younger sister and I. It wasn’t easy to get through school because I had to take a lot of time off to cook and look after my younger sister.” says Maki.

Before she could complete her matric, Maki fell pregnant. She was none the less committed to doing her part for the community and began volunteering at an NGO. She was fascinated to see how the NGO was helping the community with food parcels and other assistance so Maki made it her mission to learn as much as possible and to do her part.

Soon, Maki’s efforts were recognised by the NGO and she was given a place on a learnership programme for Social Auxiliary Workers. She completed her qualification in 2008 and was assigned to another NGO in Mohlakeng.

“I worked there for two years, then the officials from the Department of Social Development moved me to Carryou Ministry. I realised that I needed to go to the community and give something back and had heard that Carryou was a well-respected organisation within the community,” explains Maki.

She has been with Carryou since 2010 and continues to give back and assist in the community.

“The way I love giving back the most is working with children and hosting groups that give the kids support and help them to develop. I have seen so much progress ever since we started the groups,” says Maki. “One story I am most proud of is that of the Molotswane family. The daughter was a beneficiary and received help from an early age. She is now one of our Caregivers and giving back to her community. It’s a cycle Carryou hopes to repeat over and over again.”

Maki has two children, one in Matric and one in Grade 3. She is based at Bundu Inn in rural Randfontein and this is where she does most of her community work.

2 March 2022

Meet our people:

Matshepo Mathibe

In the first part of our series highlighting the work of Carryou’s Social Auxiliary Workers and the important role they play in the community, and how Carryou has helped them develop into the role models they are today, we take a look at 45-year-old, Matshepo Mathibe.

Matshepo grew up in Carletonville. She was raised by her aunt as her mother died during childbirth. She moved briefly to Mafikeng during the riots and unrest of 1980’s. She started high school in Mafikeng then returned to Randfontein and completed grades 10,11 and 12 at a school in Mohlakeng.

After that she went to Roodepoort College where she did a course in Public Relations but could not find a job. Then she met sis Brenda (Brenda Naholo) and in about 2006 she started with Carryou as a Caregiver. In 2007 and 2008 the Minister of Social Development started a programme to train social auxiliary workers. The function was to assist the social workers with the enormous backlog of work. Social workers could not manage the case-loads and adequately assist struggling communities. Matshepo entered the auxiliary programme training at Kanya College and qualified in 2008.

That year she was re-absorbed into Carryou Ministry as a qualified Social Auxiliary worker in the Toekomsrus department. She is single and has three kids. Her oldest child is doing matric this year and the twins, a boy and girl are grade two. They live in Randfontein.

“Toekomsrus is ravaged by drugs, substance abuse and gender based violence. If we can conquer those scourges I will be happy, I will have done development work,” she says

One case that Matshepo is especially proud of is that of Boitumelo Magadile.

“When we met her she was very young. Her mother was ill with cancer. As a result, she could not go to school because she had to look after her mom and little sister. We took her in as a beneficiary, assisted her with counselling and also cared for her mother so she could go to school,” explains Matshepo. “When she completed matric Carryou took her on as a Caregiver then enrolled her with the North West University, where she got a degree in psychology and a post graduate teaching qualification. She is now a teaching and working in Mafikeng.”

21 February 2021

Meet our people:

Monica Chingono

Hailing from distant Zimbabwe, Monica Chingono originally came to Gauteng with the hope of doing IT. She soon realised there were many social issues that needed to be addressed in the communities and decided to do a Social Auxiliary course. She started working on the West Rand in 2010 and moved to Randfontein in 2013.

Monica always wanted to be a social worker and was thrilled to be given an opportunity to work at Carryou. She worked as a Social Auxiliary worker for ten years, but also studied part time through Unisa towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work and qualified in 2018.

“It was then that God opened a door for me and now I am here,” says Monica as she reflects on her position as Programme Manager at the Toekomsrus Drop In Centre.

Things have not been easy for the staff at Toekomsrus in the last few years – not only with the Covid pandemic, but there are always other challenges. Despite all the challenges, Monica is still very hopeful and optimistic and has high hopes for the future.

“I hope by God’s grace more Carryou Ministry branches will be opened nationwide, so that more people can be assisted. If only more people would invest in these kinds of programmes so that organisations like Carryou Ministry are not solely dependent on government’s Social Development Department,” says Monica. “I also hope that those who have benefited from the programmes will come back and pay it forward.”

Developing oneself and paying it forward are two mantras at Carryou. To this end Monica often attends courses from the Department of Social Development to ensure she is using the latest social work techniques in her work.

In her free time Monica enjoys, swimming, singing and song writing. She also is mother to a nine-year old year old daughter and she tries to spend as much time with her as possible.

When talking about her hopes for the future Monica says: “I hope one day to have a PHD and to be running my own projects that are beneficial to people. I would like to see everyone empowered and doing things for themselves and to one day see South Africa as a nation where everyone gives back and do not just take.”   

A success story - Edward Doyi

1 February 2022

In its 21 years of existence Carryou Ministry has faced many challenges. While always doing its best for the community in preparing thousands of cooked meals and distributing aid parcels, offering counselling and assisting children and families in need, the organisation has also had a transformational impact on the lives of many of its beneficiaries, one of whom is Edward Doyi.

Born in Randfontein, Edward is the youngest of three siblings. When the children, Piet, Sophy and Edward lost their parents they experienced extreme hardship in trying to sustain themselves. Living in a small dwelling in the Jabulani Informal Settlement, the Doyi children faced a bleak future. But help was soon at hand and for someone like Edward, a helping hand is all he needed to pull himself up and become a respected and successful member of society.

“It all started when I met Bra Zack from Carryou (Zacariah Mogale),” says Edward. “He introduced me to the other people at Carryou and it was heartening to know that finally someone cared about me and my brother and sister.”

Working with Bra Zack and others, Edward was able to face the challenges of high school and passed matric. “Carryou helped with food parcels and clothing, study materials and building up our mental wellbeing. When I finished matric I qualified to study teaching at Northwest University Mafikeng Campus,” says Edward. “Carryou was once again there to help me with my fees, provided a laptop and when I graduated they were there to show their support. It’s something I will never ever forget”.

Even after he left university, Edward kept in constant touch with the staff at Carryou. “They even helped me prepare for job interviews so I would be ready,” he says.

The advice given to Edward must have been good because he now teaches Social and Natural Sciences at an English Primary school in North West Province. But it doesn’t end there. After Edward received his teaching degree, he continued studying, earned top marks and went on to complete his Honours Degree. At the age of 28, he will complete his Master’s Degree towards the end of the 2022. His siblings Piet and Sophy still stay in Randfontein, their home town.

“I am always trying to better myself and to give back to community,” says Edward. “If I can help someone the way my siblings and I were helped, it makes the success even sweeter.”

Executive Manager’s message for 2022

24 January 2022

With the retirement of Reverend Lawrence Mabaso at the end of last year Carryou Ministry’s new Executive Manager, Treven Hendricks outlines the plans and strategies of Carryou for the year ahead.


In the last couple of years Carryou Ministry has been focused on relief work, concentrating mainly on the delivery of food parcels and helping desperate children who come to the drop-in centres.

“Whilst we will continue to provide relief work to the community, our primary focus this year is on development, As an organisation, we need to create an enabling environment where young people can come into our centres and work with our caregivers and auxiliary workers to develop their potential, their skills and abilities. Teach them to become more focused, how to deal with debating and standing up for their rights.”says Treven. “With the first step being to help those in need, Carryou then plans to empower those people to start helping themselves, whilst of course still providing guidance and care to our beneficiaries.”


“We can talk about substance abuse, and drugs, but how do we get some of the youth off the streets? This is one of our main focus areas when it comes to development,” says Treven. “We will be meeting with the SA Football Association (SAFA) soon, to see how they can partner with our organisation. We need to impact the lives of our youth so there is a transformation and turn around. That’s key for the upcoming year.”


Development and having a lasting impact featured highly during this week’s planning workshop.

Carryou is moving into 2022 with a strategic vision.

GBV (Gender Based Violence.)

“Gender based violence is an enormous problem in South Africa.  Carryou would like to play a role in tackling this scourge and our approach will be unique.” explains Treven “It will take more than men simply posting #Notinmyname to affect change. The focus needs to be on prevention, and for this we need to work with the boy-child.

“We need to create a different mindset, and to do this we have initiated a Youth and Justice programme this year that specifically targets boys aged 13 to 19 and deals with the issue of GBV. A big part of this programme is creating a mindset of Active Citizenship,” he says. “People will be taught to be responsible and accountable, not only to ourselves but also to the community. We will use sports, counselling and all other means possible, to bring about transformational masculinity so boys can resist and take a stand against Gender Based Violence.



“With our focus on transforming and developing both our staff and beneficiaries, one of our new initiatives will be to conduct camps for kids from both Elandsvlei and Toekomsrus where they can learn new skills, meet new people and develop more confidence while having a fun,” says Treven. “Our idea is to adopt a holistic approach where we need to combine the arts, drama, sport and team-building. That way, children come to us, we don’t just feed them but also develop their abilities and skills so they are confident enough to say ‘no’, to drugs or other negative influences.”

“If we can, at the same time, develop our people who continue to feed, counsel and serve the community, then there is no limit to what we can accomplish, “ says Treven


Farewell Reverend Lawrence Mabaso - the end of a magnificent era

20 December 2021

After over 17 years as the General Manager of Carryou Ministry, Reverend Lawrence Mabaso has decided to step down and enjoy his retirement.

A pillar and visionary, Reverend Mabaso was instrumental in building Carryou Ministry into what it is today. Starting from almost nothing, he and Carryou founders Pam and Tony Jamison, made it their mission to improve the lives of Randfontein’s less fortunate in whatever way they could.

Although the Reverend worked in the banking industry for many years, he always felt called to ministry and community work. Since joining Carryou Ministry in its early years, the organisation has grown and become well-known name on the West Rand.  The steadfast and fatherly guidance provided by the Reverend has been instrumental in building not only the organisation, but the staff members themselves. He not only provided unconditional love and care to staff, but also to Carryou’s beneficiaries, some of whom that have prospered and achieved degrees and diplomas and are now part of the Carryou Board and Management. With his gentle soft spoken demeanour, Rev Mabaso has had an influence on more people’s lives than this article can ever hope to illustrate.

As he prepares to enjoy his retirement and his era comes to an end, Rev Lawrence Mabaso and the Carryou Ministry Board of Directors are confident that the new leader, Treven Hendricks, will be able to lead Carryou into a new and glorious era. Treven is eminently qualified, and having spent the last four months working alongside Reverend Lawrence Mabaso, he has learned from the best.

St Mary’s-in-Tuxedo - the Church that keeps on giving

10 December 2021

Situated in sleepy Tuxedo Park, a suburb in New York State, one would not think that St Mary’s Episcopal Church has any links to disadvantaged people in Randfontein, South Africa. Yet the congregates of this church have often been the catalyst that keeps Carryou Ministry and its beneficiaries afloat in difficult times.

The relationship started back in 2001, when St. Mary’s congregants Alan and Sue Heywood first visited the orphans, patients, feeding centres, crèches and children’s homes and schools in and around Randfontein. When they saw first-hand how Carryou supports and helps educate hundreds of children in an area where poverty and sickness, mainly due to HIV/AIDS, is rife, they were so moved and decided to find a way to help this caring organisation.

Together with some their friends who sponsor individual children, fund-raising events are often organised by St. Mary’s, to provide books and games for the children, computers for the students, food parcels for the child-headed and granny-headed households and further education for the teens finishing high school. Sadly, Alan passed away in 2015 but Sue and others continued their work.

Beyond beneficiaries of aid, the congregants at St Mary’s have had a lasting impact on the lives of many people in Randfontein. One in particular, is Pamela Maphoto who was a teenager when her parents died and she had to care for herself and her young brother.

“I came into contact with Carryou at the Drop-in Centre in Toekomsrus in 2004, when I was in Grade 10,” says Pamela. “Soon after, I met Carryou’s founder, Sister Pam Jamison and also Sue Heywood, who was visiting from the United States. Sue asked what I wanted to do with my life and I told her I would like to complete my schooling and go to university.”

Once back in the US, Sue organised monthly support for Pamela and her brother, Ronald.

“When I was in matric Sue told me money was available for my university studies,” says Pamela.”

After receiving a diploma and a degree, Pamela went on to get married found meaningful employment and now proudly serves on the Carryou Board of Directors.

Even during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic St Marys has continued to give. Carryou Ministry recently received a generous donation which has meant Christmas 2021 will bring some joy to Carryou’s beneficiaries and staff members. Without the generosity of St Mary’s Outreach,
Jean Ruffino, Sue Heywood, Dennis Trotter, Health and Wellness Partners (Jani Hegarty) and other members of the Tuxedo community, this Christmas would have been a bleak one.

The message from the generous sponsors thousands of kilometres from Randfontein:  This comes from St Mary’s-in-Tuxedo with love, prayers and thanks for all you do for these families. All good wishes for a Happy and Joy filled Christmas!

Boys and Girls Town to the rescue

26 November 2021

When we ran the story of Aria Soke in September we appealed to the community to help this loving grandmother in her plight to raise and feed her seven grandchildren after their mother had passed away. One of their most urgent needs was for mattresses for the children to sleep on, as well as the ever present need for food. It is a situation that all too often appears hopeless, but in this case we are happy to report a story of hope and generosity.

After reading the Carryou Blog about the family in distress, Peggy Johnson from Boys and Girls Town reached out and offered to help Aria and her grandchildren. Carryou Ministry is thrilled and humbled that this fellow NGO stepped up and donated several mattresses to the Soke family. Not only did they offer to help Aria and the grandchildren, they also offered assistance to other beneficiaries.  This was indeed an answer to prayers.

Earlier in November, some residents and staff from Boys and Girls town showed up to an astonished Aria and her grandchildren. The family received a large amount of food and four mattresses and their generous visitors spent the entire day playing and socialising with the children. For Jack Machaka, the Social Auxiliary worker from Carryou responsible for working with Aria and her family, it was a joy to behold.

“I have worked hard with Aria and her children and it makes me happy to see how much difference can be made when we all work together,” says Jack.                   

The children could not contain their excitement when they saw the sweets and all the other goodies meant for them.

Carryou Ministry and Boys and Girls Town are both Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that do much to help the vulnerable members of society. When taken separately each one has certainly accomplished drastic changes in people’s lives, but when working together as they did in this case and with plans to do so in the future, the sky is the limit and many will benefit from their efforts.

12 November 2021

Meet our people:

Brenda Naholo

Brenda Naholo – always striving to uplift members of the community

Having lived in in Mohlakeng her entire life Brenda Naholo, Elandsvlei Programme Manager, has seen how difficult life can be for those left on the margins of society. She has also seen how much impact a person or group of people can have if they are dedicated and faithful in their efforts to uplift the community.

Aside from a short time working as a cashier, Brenda has always looked for ways to give back. In 2000, she started working as an unpaid volunteer for Carryou Ministry in Toekomsrus, shortly after the organisation was founded.

“In those days we would walk back to Toekomsrus and report to Sister Pam (Carryou Co-Founder Pam Jamison)”, says Brenda. 

Soon after that Brenda became a Care Giver and received a monthly stipend. Determined to better herself and better serve the community, Brenda completed a computer course enabling her to work as an administrator at Carryou. After nearly seven years with Carryou, Brenda was ready to move to the next level and became the Project Manager at the newly opened Elandsvlei Drop in Centre in 2008. Not resting on her laurels, she studied through Unisa and received a national Diploma in Youth Development in 2010.

“The Diploma really taught me about personal growth and how to implement our policies with young people.” says Brenda.

Working as the Project Manager from 2008 onwards, Brenda has witnessed and been instrumental in its growth.

“We started with nothing” says Brenda. “Just an open veld and some hired containers. But by the end of that year the containers were then donated to us and we started to grow. Our biggest challenge is when kids drop out from our programme – that can be really devastating.”

With three children of her own Brenda, knows how important a good upbringing is in a child’s development.

“I have two girls and a son of my own and I adopted another son after his parents passed away,” she says.

Whether it is helping her neighbours, her children or someone in the community, Brenda Naholo always tries her best to make things happen.

The most recent example of this is her recent trip to Mozambique to help Lodrico Trevino (article featured in July) get his identity documents and study permits so he can be issued with his matric certificate in South Africa.

It’s an ongoing process but Lodrico is lucky to have someone like Brenda Naholo in his corner. 

Brenda Naholo (far right) and some of Elandsvlei Drop in Centre staff members – from left: Boinelo Pudi, Letato Metswamere, Yvonne Monareng, Ernest Dlomo

Impact of Carryou Ministry in the 2020/2021 financial year

3 November 2021

2020 was a year unlike any other in living memory. With the onset of the global Covid 19 pandemic, South Africa like most countries went into an indefinite period of lockdowns and restrictions.

Carryou Ministry has built up a history of serving the community in a very hands-on manner was forced to adapt to the reality of lockdowns and reduced funding. Yet adapt they did in an awe inspiring manner. This 21-year-old organisation was still able to make an enormous impact in the lives of the less fortunate citizens of Randfontein and its surrounding areas.

Food parcels

When South Africa went into lockdown in April 2020 Carryou was no longer able to deliver cooked meals from their drop in centres in Elandsvlei and Toekomsrus. Nutritional support is one of Carryou’s core missions, and the staff adapted in a remarkable manner.

In order to feed the community and yet maintain health and safety protocols and social distancing, pre packed food parcels were distributed to the beneficiaries. In Elandsvlei , food parcels were prepared and delivered to six feeding points across the town, namely Bundu Inn, Peace Haven, Vleikop, Mastere, Afri Village and Randfontein Town.

In Toekomsrus the Carryou Ministry staff and organisation was able to feed between 150 and 450 families and children with food parcels per month.

Documents, Grants and School Placements

There are many government programmes set up to help the disadvantaged. One of the challenges faced by poorer members of the community is actually accessing and signing up for these programmes. Very often a prospective beneficiary will need valid ID documents, passports or birth certificates before they can receive Government aid. Helping these people access this aid is one of Carryou Ministry’s core functions.

In the past year the organisation has received thousands of cases asking for assistance.

  • Close to 100 children have successfully been processed to receive Child Grants.
  • Sixty children have been placed in suitable schools.
  • Child and Disability Grants have been finalised and numerous vulnerable people have been placed in places of safety.
  • In addition, Carryou has helped dozens of people with attaining their ID documents, birth certificates, and other important documents required to function in society.

Emotional Counselling and Support

There are many emotional issues facing the people of Randfontein and Carryou Ministry assists by providing counselling to those going through a difficult time.

  • Over 200 people received counselling
  • 756 home visits were conducted by community caregivers.
  • Three active support groups are in operation to give support
  • 150 people received referrals to the clinic.
  • During periods when the lockdown was less severe, children could once again receive help with their homework and studies at the drop-in centres.
  • Over 50 youth community caregivers were trained and gained practical experience and attended virtual classes with the school of Scientology and later received certificates.
  • Though Carryou was fortunate not to lose any staff members to Covid, the pandemic had a devastating effect on the community and Carryou provided counselling for those who had lost loved ones to the deadly virus.

People often feel helpless when confronted with the enormity of the suffering experienced by the world-wide pandemic, but as the 89 dedicated staff members of Carry Ministry have shown, if you are committed to doing your bit for the community you can accomplish so much.


25 October 2021

In these difficult times it is encouraging to see someone working hard to follow their dreams and one such person is Rodney Chinanzvavana. Growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Rodney is no stranger to hardship, but he never let that stop him from pursuing his one true passion.

Since he was a small boy, Rodney has had a fascination and love for aviation and flying. After completing high school in Zimbabwe, he became a game ranger at Victoria Falls where he worked extensively with elephants. It was here he decided he wanted to find a way to mix his new found love of Africa’s wildlife with his love of flying and air planes. After saving up money from his game ranger job, Rodney came south to South Africa to learn how to fly.

It was not easy for him as flight school has always been a pricey endeavour but through hard work and persistence, Rodney managed to sign up and began his flight training. Finding part time work in construction with an aptitude for mixing cement, he managed to complete his Flight Theory and solo hours as a pilot.

“It was amazing the first time I took control of an aircraft, it felt like I was in a dream,” says Rodney.  Since then he has had 10 solo flights and over 30 hours flying with instructors.

“I have come so far and am so close to getting my private pilot’s licence, I just need to raise the funds for my navigation and final flight test and I then I will be a qualified pilot”.

His final tests cost R15 000 and so far he has managed to raise R9 000 through part time work, so he just needs another R6 000.

“I need about five hours of the solo flight test which is about one day. When we fly we do about 200 nautical miles in one flight,” says Rodney.

Once he is finally finished with his qualifications, he wants to return to the wild as a bush pilot.

“There is so much I can do as a pilot, I can bring in tourists, fly patrols against elephant poachers, even bring in supplies to remote communities.”

“I have come so far I just need a little help to complete my qualifications that is why I approached Carryou, they are so well known in the community for helping people and if anyone can help me get there I will be eternally grateful,” says Rodney.

As someone who came from a humble background in impoverished Zimbabwe, Rodney Chinanzvavana is an inspiration to other youth in the community who see from his hard work and dedication, that it is possible to follow your dreams no matter how lofty they may be.

If you are able to assist Rodney achieve his final flight qualification, please email Lesiba Mmethi at lesibammethi@gmail.com or WhatsApp on 065 986 4378.

Carryou Ministry 2021 Annual Report in Brief

Carryou Ministry held its Annual General Meeting on 8 October 2021. The event marked not only the completion of the 2020/2021 financial year, but was also an opportunity to celebrate 21 years of Carryou helping the community of Randfontein and its surrounding areas.

As far as the Annual Report is concerned, the main focus was on the challenges Carryou has faced over the past year, as well as the plans to grow and improve in the years to come. With the outbreak of Covid 19 in April 2020 the South African Government had to re-direct some of its resources to healthcare and dealing with the pandemic.

As a result, Carryou Ministry, along with many other NGO’s, experienced a huge decline in funding. This was also compounded because sponsors and elite donors were not able to donate as generously as in previous years. The Covid restrictions also meant implementing the necessary health measures, which affected the operation of some of Carryou’s programmes. Most board meetings also had to be held virtually.

These strict measures however, were worth the effort and fortunately through God’s grace, Carryou Ministry did not have Covid-related deaths amongst the 89 staff members. In spite of the many challenges Carryou’s staff and management faced, they have a lot to be proud of what was achieved in the past financial year. Not only did they manage to continue providing aid and care at both the Elandsvlei and Toekomsrus facilities, they also distributed hundreds of food parcels every month and helped out extensively with numerous Youth programmes.

Going forward, the Board and Management team at Carryou is determined to acquire more funding and engage with schools and communities to identify new beneficiaries and households in need of assistance. 

In addition, the following projects will be pursued in the following year:

  • Student Camps for children.
  • A Recreational Park directly opposite the Drop in Centre at Elandsvlei.
  • A Creche and a Computer Lab.
  • Better use of to be made of the Vleikop farm.

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.

If you are able to help Sophy Mosebetsi and her family, please contact Brenda Naholo at Carryou Ministry on WhatsApp/Cell 073 330 6765 or email brendan@carryouministry.co.za

A Grandmother’s Love

10 September 2021

The story of Aria Soke is sadly one that is all too common in South Africa.

This elderly grandmother is in the unfortunate position of having to try and raise and care for her seven grandchildren. When her daughter passed away in April 2020 she left behind nine children. Two stay with other relatives and Aria is doing her best to provide for the remaining seven, aged between 4 and 16 years.

For many months Aria had to care for her grandchildren without any assistance. That was until June this year when the community workers at Carryou Ministry heard about her plight.

Carryou has been able to assist with monthly deliveries of food and toiletries which has made an enormous difference, because seven extra mouths to feed is no easy task, especially when those mouths are attached to growing bodies.

“I am so grateful to Carryou, I would be lost without them,” says Aria.

The reason Carryou Ministry is able to assist is because of donations received from Sue Heywood and friends from the United States, who regularly provide funding for orphans under Carryou’s care. This support means a lot to the organisation in these tough times.

Currently, one of the biggest challenges faced by Aria and her grandchildren is finding adequate bedding.

“I stay in a small house so there is not much room for the children to sleep and we need mattresses for the young ones,” explains Aria.

Despite their circumstances, most of the children are healthy, but Aria worries about the youngest, who often has chest problems. This family faces challenges every day, but they soldier on, hoping for a brighter tomorrow.

If you are able to help Aria and her grandchildren with donations of one or more mattresses or financial assistance towards mattresses, school uniforms and groceries, please contact Brenda Naholo at Carryou Ministry on WhatsApp/Cell 073 330 6765 or email elandsvleidic.manager@gmail.com

Kids from Toekomsrus Drop In Centre once again receiving nutritious hot meals from Carryou Ministry. Watch the joy on their faces in the YouTube video

31 August 2021

26 August 2021

Meet our people:

Treven Hendricks

Carryou Ministry is proud to introduce the organisation’s new Executive Manager, Treven Hendricks.

Treven is originally from Cape Town where he qualified as a mechanical engineer. However, engineering was not his only passion, as he was also studying theology on a part time basis. He spent over ten years working with the church in youth leadership and as a volunteer with the YMCA in the Western Cape where he was involved with a juvenile and child wellness programmes.

Treven moved to Johannesburg in 1997 and began a long working relationship with the South African Young Men’s Christian Association (SA YMCA). Before he was appointed as Secretary General of the SA YMCA, he was the Chair of the Cape Flats YMCA in Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town; served as the Chair of the Western Cape Regional Council of YMCA’s and was a member of the National Executive Committee of the YMCA in South Africa.  With over 34 branches in South Africa, the YMCA needed someone who could implement the vision of the National Board in the local branches themselves.

The organisation later changed the designation from Secretary General to National Director where Treven’s responsibilities included the implementation YMCA Board decisions and projects across the SADC region.

 “The Boards are often made up of volunteers and are full of visionaries,” he says. “The hard part is moving from the vision to carrying out the project at management level, and then getting the workers themselves to understand and carry out the programme to help the people who need it most.”

It was during one of these seminars where Treven was explaining how to strengthen operations of a Board of Directors that he met Carryou’s General Manager, Reverend Lawrence Mabaso. The relationship with Reverend Mabaso developed over time as Treven continued to develop strategies -like a five-year Strategic Focus Programme for Carryou. Seeing the good work Treven was doing, the Carryou Ministry Board of Directors eventually asked him to join them in order to benefit from his strategic vision.

After a lengthy, transparent and vigorous interview process the Carryou Board appointed Treven Hendricks as its Executive Manager in August 2021.


“Some of my main goals as Executive Manager are to implement the Board’s vision and to increase the scope of each programme,” says Treven. “Everything we are doing now we must keep on doing, but on a bigger scale.”

In addition, he wants to develop capacity at Carryou at all levels and expand the organisation. One of the keys to this expansion is to partner with organisations with similar goals and values to Carryou.

“There must be continuous development, not only of the organisation, but of the staff members themselves. We can only grow Carryou if we ourselves grow”, says Treven.

As with all NGOs, increasing funding on a sustainable basis is one of the main challenges Treven is faced with. He would like to see some of the projects bring in a return on investment. With many projects funded directly by donors, it is sometimes difficult to meet the operating costs of an organisation like Carryou. This is why sustainable income generation from projects like the Vleikop farm are key to the future and growth of Carryou.

“I am confident that with all of us pulling together we can expand our operations in all directions,” he says.

With someone as experienced and dedicated as Treven Hendricks this looks like it could well become a real possibility. In his personal time Treven loves spending time with his two boys form a previous marriage, and he also plays the guitar in a band.

The Tzu Chi Story – Another helping hand from afar

3 August 2021

Carryou Ministry is proud to announce the beginning of a new partnership.

In May 2021 Carryou heard about an outreach programme launched in South Africa by The Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwanese international humanitarian and non-governmental organization. The programme consists of providing food parcels and other aid to certified NGO’s for distribution to the poor and needy.

Founded in 1966 in Hualien Taiwan (Republic of China) the Tzu Chi Foundation has made a massive difference around the World. With operations covering everything from hospitals, colleges and disaster relief, this foundation is one of the largest and most recognised humanitarian NGO’s on the planet.

After being briefed by the representatives of Tzu Chi in Chamdor Krugersdorp, Carryou applied to become a recipient for their South African programme. The Foundation was really impressed with the Elandsvlei Drop in Centre, a well-managed and organised facility, and is exactly the type of partner the Foundation is looking for.

“We are hoping this becomes an ongoing relationship, between us and the Tzu Chi foundation,” says Carryou’s Lesiba Mmethi.

For its part the Tzu Chi Foundation donated 300 hundred food parcels as part of their Winter relief programme.

“When you look at the scale and professionalism of the distribution, this gives us hope that Elandsvlei will soon be distributing clothing and other items to the needy people of Randfontein,” says Lesiba.



The 300 food parcels were gratefully received by the vulnerable residents in the area. With the country still grappling with the effects of Covid 19 and the resulting lockdown, there are many hungry mouths to feed, but with an international organization the size of the Tzu Chi Foundation in their corner, there is no limit to the good work Carryou can accomplish. With a staff as dedicated and organized as Carryou, this aid can make a big difference in uplifting the community.

Carryou Ministry is proud and thankful that this foundation has reached out and made the burden of caring for the needy and vulnerable just a little easier. It’s something we all hope to build on.   

29 July 2021

Meet our people:

Reverend Lawrence Mabaso

Reverend Lawrence Mabaso (68), is a gentle man. He speaks quietly and few people can remember an occasion when he raised his voice. But don’t let that fool you, he is a man on a mission to help South Africa’s most vulnerable people and has dedicated 50 years of his life to achieving that goal.    

As general manager at Carryou Ministry, Reverend Mabaso has hundreds of people who count on him for more than just their daily bread. Growing up in Soweto, he had a difficult upbringing.  

“My father enjoyed socialising and drinking which left my mother somewhat disorganised, so, in truth, in my formative years I did not have any adult role models,” he says. “I had to find my own ways.”   

Like so many other disaffected youngsters in South Africa, Lawrence could just as easily have fallen through the cracks, were it not for the fact he came into contact with Siza Molebatsi, leader of Youth Alive in Soweto, as well as anti-Apartheid activist, Reverend Frank Chikane.

“Reverend Chikane became my mentor and role model,” says Lawrence. “Every Friday he preached at Orlando High School, where I was a pupil. He lived nearby and I spent many hours talking to him and when I was 20, I became a Christian.”

Full Time Ministry

In 1975 Lawrence was awarded a four-year scholarship to attend a theological college.

 “I looked forward to entering the full-time ministry when I completed the course,” he says, “but life has a way of setting its own direction. When I graduated my father was not working and I had no option but to find a job, so I could support my parents.”

Starting at the bottom Lawrence Mabaso rose high in the corporate world, yet he never lost his desire to become a full time pastor. Nor did he lose his passion for helping those around him.

“I became something of a thorn in my employer’s flesh,” he says, “as I got involved with the trade union and ended up recruiting around 140 staff members.”

But rather than fire him, the insurance company realised that a man with his ability to influence people, was wasted in an administrative position.

“They figured I would be good at sales and I eventually became a Professional Consultant, selling pension schemes and insurance investments, to companies,” says Lawrence.

A few years later he was head-hunted by a large banking group and then later by another bank.

“I never stopped working as an Associate Pastor,” he says, “and still had an ever-increasing desire go into the ministry full-time. So, when the bank started a programme of retrenchments, I took a package and left.”  

It was then that Reverend Mabaso would be given the opportunity to fulfil his calling, when he was approached to manage Carryou Ministry. “This is the best job I have ever had,” he says. “Here I can make an enormous contribution to God’s work.

“When I see what we do in informal settlements, I know we are role models and could be changing kid’s lives in the same way Siza Molebatsi and Frank Chikane changed mine. And who knows what contribution those youngsters may make to our country in the future.”  

Reverend Lawrence Mabaso has made a huge impact on the community of Randfontein. Not only is he responsible for day to day operations, he has also played a big part in training the next generation of dedicated staff members.      

Things have been by no means easy for him at Carryou. Challenges seem to multiply as the years go by, but the immovable faith of Reverend Lawrence Mabaso has seen the staff through even the darkest periods. Married for 26 years, with two grown up children, he enjoys spending his free time with his family and reading business books.

Over the last 21 years Lawrence has witnessed the Elandsvlei and Toekomsrus Drop In centres distribute tons of food to needy families; seen Carryou Ministry sell cold drinks to thirsty attendees of the Randfontein Show and a small piece of vacant ground transformed into a successful farm that feeds the community.

Thousands of children have benefited in some way or another from the calm, gentle manner in which Reverend Lawrence Mabaso has managed Carryou Ministry and there can be no doubt this part of the world is undeniably a better place because of this quiet servant.

Lodrico’s Story

Can you help?

16 July 2021

Few people can succeed in life without help, and one young man who desperately needs some is Lodrico Tivani.

Lodrico and his three younger brothers are from Gaza province in Mozambique. His Mom came to Johannesburg in search of a better life for her family, but things have not been easy for them.

Yet, despite facing difficult circumstances, Lodrico still managed to complete high school and passed Matric in 2020. However, while his South African-born classmates went on to seek employment, Lodrico faces an almost impossible challenge.

Although he has completed his matric and passed his exams, the Department of Education refuses to issue his Matric certificate until he presents a valid South African study permit. It is the law, and something Lodrico will uphold one day when he becomes a policeman.

But for that to happen Lodrico needs help now!

Carryou Ministry has helped the Tivani family for years at the Elandsvlei Drop-in Centre, and assisted Lodrico in becoming the charming, thoughtful, young man he is today.

“What we need assistance with now, is organising a trip to Mozambique where Lodrico and an assistant from Carryou can collect all the documents he needs,” says Brenda Maholo Phiri, Elandsvlei Drop-in Centre Programme Manager. “It will be a lot of work, as we need to do get medical records, do DNA tests and sort out the multiple documents Lodrico needs to get a study permit so he can get his certificate.”

Adding to the difficulty of such a long and expensive journey is the Covid 19 pandemic. Not only has this slowed down all the bureaucratic processes that need completing, but in addition current Level 4 lockdown regulations prevent travel to and from Gauteng.

When travel is once again permitted, Brenda hopes that with some outside assistance, Lodrico and a Carryou helper can travel to Mozambique and get the situation sorted out.

“Our plan is to not only get documentation for Lodrico but also for his three brothers who are in Grade 9, Grade 7 and Grade 4,” says Brenda. “Carryou would like to spare them the ordeal of being faced with the same challenges as their older brother.”

When he has his Matric certificate Lodrico plans to further his studies and one day become a policeman so he can make a contribution to the community.

If you would like to help Lodrico and his brothers by making a donation towards the accommodation and travel expenses for this urgent trip to Mozambique, please contact
Brenda Maholo Phiri at 011 692 2729 or 073 330 6765 or send an email to elandsvleidic.manager@gmail.com

Vusela Risk Youth Learnership Programme

7 July 2021

On Youth day, 16 June this year, the Carryou Ministry Youth Learnership Programme was made public.

It all began in March this year when 24 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds were given the opportunity to be of service to their communities and at the same time, better their own situations.

The seeds of the learnership programme were sown several years ago, when one of Carryou’s beneficiaries managed to get a job at Vusela Risk Services. She remembered how Carryou had helped her while she was growing up, and approached her employers to start a learnership programme. They eagerly agreed to partner with Carryou Ministry.

“Each learner undergoes a week of training, every month at our facility in Toekomsrus, followed by three weeks of practical work, helping our caregivers” says Lesiba Mmethi, who helps oversee the project.

The students learn the basics of community care while completing their assignments and practical work. They see first-hand the needs of the vulnerable people in Randfontein. In addition, they learn how much a single, dedicated person can achieve and do to help. At the end of the 12-month programme students will be awarded an NQF Level 4 certificate

“I really hope the students will use this programme as a stepping stone towards a career in professional social work,” says Lesiba.

Not only do the delegates get an opportunity to learn and give back to their communities, they are also paid a R3000 per month stipend to help support themselves and their families.

“This is a new initiative and one I hope will continue for years to come, as it has already produced wonderful results,” says Lesiba. “All the stakeholders are very encouraged.”

And not even the raging Covid pandemic has been able to put a dampener on the programme.

“The students are hard at work,” says Lesiba. “Many will hopefully further their studies at Westcol, Randfontein’s local college. Carryou Ministry has a long history of securing bursaries and this learnership programme will encourage others to be of service and to further their studies.”

Adapting to the Covid Epidemic

7 July 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous global impact. All countries have suffered as a result of the virus.

But it is the poorer countries that have been faced with the biggest economic challenges – without the resources to inject cash into struggling sectors, problems that already existed before Covid, have worsened. This is something Carryou Ministry has experienced first-hand as they interact with the most vulnerable members of society on a daily basis. They get to know the needs and worries of the people who have so little in life.

The arrival of Covid has made it much more difficult to provide the same level of help and care that Carryou always did in pre-pandemic days. In practical terms the pandemic has had the following effects on the programmes run by Carryou Ministry:

  • At both the Elandsvlei and Toekomsrus facilities Carryou used to be able to distribute cooked meals for well over 300 families a month. Now they have to rely on monthly food parcel deliveries, but are only able to cater for 150 families a month due to the increased cost of packaged individual items. As such, it is often only every second month that a family can receive help.

  • Children are no longer allowed to come to the centre in large numbers and staff members have taken to visiting the children at their homes.

  • With staff numbers reduced for social distancing, less counselling aid is available. Staff members have been divided into two teams and take turns coming to work.

  • The Early Childhood Development (ECD) project is temporarily closed as Carryou cannot adhere to Covid-19 regulations due to lack of funding.

  • At the Vleikop farm most of the goods grown on the farm were sent to the feeding schemes, with these schemes suspended there is less demand for the food and less funding for growing new crops.

In spite of the challenges, the Carryou team remains hopeful and tries to maintain a positive attitude. Stephen Nqalkane, the farmer at Vleikop, summed it up best when he said: “When Spring comes and the rain falls we will have a much greener world”.

As South Africa battles through the third Covid wave things look bleak, but for the dedicated staff at Carryou Ministry, when the numbers drop, a green Spring is just around the corner. That’s when the hard work of helping the community can really get into gear.  

29 June 2021

Chicken manure and lime needed to feed hungry kids!

With so many children in the area going to bed hungry, Carryou Ministry was determined to do all it could to help the situation.

In 2015 the Vleikop Farm was established to provide home-grown food to the Carryou soup kitchens and feeding schemes.

After renting some land with a home on it, the Carryou team soon got to work. Tunnels were built and a wind-pump set up. Luckily Carryou had the perfect man to run the farm.

Stephen Nqalkane 62 is someone who is truly passionate about and who loves farming. Aged 55 at the time, Stephen had always wanted to get his hands into the soil. Over the last six years there have been many ups and downs but the Vleikop farm is definitely a success story.  But it has and a remains an uphill battle with constant challenges.

“We need wind to pump water, so when we don’t have it we have no water. Rain is always best as it helps reduce acidity in the soil. When we have good rains then all I have to worry about is the soil and weeds” says Stephen.

The soil in the area is very tired, after years of mining much of it is acidic and lacking in nutrients.

“ I desperately need to get chicken manure before the spring growing season. I also need lime to bring down the acidity.” says Stephen. “I can’t grow anything until the soil is ready, this is our main challenge.”

But as is the case with most NGOs money is a constant problem. “We just don’t have the cash to buy chicken manure and lime,” says Stephen.

Each new season requires an input of cash and labour, Stephen is always willing to supply the labour. By his own admission he loves farming and goes to bed every night tired, yet satisfied. “With a little bit of help so I can give the soil the nutrients it needs, we will be able to produce bumper crops to help the needy,” he says.

But despite the challenges the Carryou Ministry Vleikop farm has been a lifesaver for countless people over the years. “Spinach is the best crop to grow. Not only is it nutritious, but it grows all year round even in difficult soil,” Stephen says.

He also grows beetroot, carrots and other vegetables. In preceding years, the crops grown would go to the feeding scheme kitchens run by Carryou, but with the onset of Covid things have changed. People now get pre-packed food parcels as the kitchens are no longer able to cook meals due to social distancing measures.

 “I hope things improve and that I can help the community whilst doing what I love,” says Stephen.

It’s heavy work and finding volunteers is hard in these difficult times, but Stephen is full of hope. “You’d be amazed at how much we can produce in this tunnel. If the soil is right and the rains are good, we can feed many families.”

If you can help with chicken manure or lime, please contact our offices on 011 693 – 2729 or send a mail to lesibammethi@gmail.com

Caring for the most vulnerable - the Sponsored Orphans and Needy Families Project:

31 May 2021

There are few people in South Africa in more dire need than orphans and child-headed households. For many of these families there often appears to be little hope. That is why Carryou Ministry has for many years assisted the most-needy households in the Elandsvlei and Toekomsrus areas.

“We help these vulnerable kids in two ways,” says Brenda Naholo Phiri, the project’s co-ordinator. “We are made aware of the neediest residents in the area by referrals from schools, clinics and community caregivers. Each case is carefully evaluated so that food parcels can be distributed where most needed. The money needed for the project is sponsored by long-time US supporter, Sue Heywood as well as the Tuxedo Park School and St Mary’s church in New York State.  “In addition to supplying food parcels, there is also a sponsored education benefit that pays for the education and advancement of vulnerable children and their families,” she continues.

Brenda is justifiably proud of the work and achievements of the project — and the efforts are bearing fruit. A former education scholarship beneficiary has gone on to qualify as a teacher at Mafikeng University and is now educating children in the town of Lichtenburg.

“I hope all our beneficiaries will continue to give back to the community that helped them get ahead,” says Brenda. If each could financially adopt a needy child once they are established that would make me very happy.”

It’s a sentiment Brenda takes seriously — and she has put her money where her mouth is — as she adopted a child from Elandsvlei. “She is now 17 but I began the adoption process when she was eight and became her legal guardian a few years later,” says Brenda. Helped by the educational scheme, this young lady now has a bright future ahead of her.  

But the challenges the project faces are numerous, and for members of child-headed households, overcoming bureaucratic obstacles can be overwhelming. Such is the case of Lodrico Tivani, (18) from Mozambique.

The young man is the eldest sibling in a child-headed household and has just completed his Matric with the help of the Carryou Education sponsorship. It should be a time of hope and looking forward to the future because, armed with a matric certificate, he can look for a job or register to study for a degree at a university.

But red tape has got in the way of his aspirations because he has been unable to finalise his residency permit, and the Department of Education will not issue his Matric Certificate before that is done. And the arrival of Covid-19 has done nothing to speed the process up! 

The pandemic has produced a number of other challenges.
“It has been devastating for the people of Elandsvlei, an already impoverished area,” says Brenda. “Many people lost their jobs on nearby farms, and this has a knock-on effect throughout the community. We will continue to do everything in our power to help the orphans and vulnerable children of the area, but now, more than ever, we need help and support from donors.”

Carryou Ministry 20 years of caring

18 May 2021

Learning while they play

23 April 2021

The Randfontein landfill site can be a dangerous and foreboding place.

Heavy vehicles are constantly moving about as the recycling process takes place.
The area is not an ideal spot for children, but there are many kids at the site whose parents make a living recycling the dumped waste.

“As far back as 2015 Carryou Ministry realized something needed to be done about the lack of early childhood development facilities that the landfill site children faced,” says Ashley Khamisa, Carryou Project Co-ordinator. “There was a dire need for wholesome children’s entertainment and learning.”
With that in mind the Siyathuthuka Children’s Playgroup was established.

Funded by International donor Sue Haywood, and her US-based group of angels, as well as the department of Social Development, the playgroup offers educational play activities to the children who live at the landfill.

 Operating from Monday to Friday, two practitioners guide over a dozen kids, teaching them how to care for their environment while they play in a safe and secure location.

“We always have a theme for the week’s play, and utilize toys that emphasize that theme,” says Ashley. “This structure produces not only theoretical learning and knowledge, but also develops practical skills.”

And not even the advent of Covid-19 could stop the activities of the playgroup.

“The pandemic has made things more difficult and produced a few speed bumps,” says Ashley. “But we were able to adapt. We had to use the kitchen as a playroom because no more than five children could play together. But the team pulled together and made it work.”

So while the children learn about recycling and learn through educational play and activities, their parents can continue working on the landfill, secure in the knowledge that their kids are safe and looked after.  

The project has faced and overcome many challenges over the last six years, but now the Siyathuthuka Children’s Playgroup is looking forward to increasing the number of learners it can enrol in the future – a future that is brighter for the kids of Randfontein’s landfill site.

Filling Hungry Bellies

21 April 2021

The onset of the Covid pandemic has brought increased hardships for many people in Randfontein. The pandemic created an economic downturn which led to increased levels of hunger.  Many homeless people were left with little or no food, and found themselves in dire circumstances.

“Something had to be done,” says Carryou Ministry’s General Manager, Rev. Lawrence Mabaso.

The organisation responded by partnering with local philanthropists, and international donors to start a soup kitchen,

“We were approached by Mrs Fernandez, a generous and concerned local resident who was desperately trying to ensure homeless people in Randfontein got one decent meal a day,” says Lesiba Mmethi, Co-ordinator. “She could not prepare the food and feed them herself, but was able to contribute a monthly amount towards running a soup kitchen.”

It was decided Carryou Ministry, with support from Mrs Fernandez, would create a soup kitchen that would serve a decent meal to the town’s destitute and vulnerable from their premises in Park street, Randfontein.

When word of the project got out, others were keen to help financially. These included one of Carryou’s most ardent and faithful long term supporters, Sue Hayward, who lives in the United States.

“It started small but has grown tremendously,” says Lesiba. “Since January 2021 we’ve been able to feed dozens of people every day. What began with about six people has increased to where we now feed over 30, as word has got out there.”

Hungry people from all over arrive at the soup kitchen between 11am and 1pm on weekdays and are given a meal of bread and soup, or bread and polony.

“It’s a hearty meal that fills their bellies,” says Lesbiba. “For many it is their only food of the day.

“The need is great and likely to continue for a long time and we hope to grow and expand the scheme.”

Covid-19 and Carryou Ministry

14 April 2021

“It’s been a very tough time for everyone,” says Rev. Lawrence Mabaso, Carryou Ministry’s General Manager. “The onset of the Covid pandemic made it difficult to service our beneficiaries.”

But hungry and vulnerable children and their families still had to be fed.

“There was no option but to adapt,” he says. “Level 5 social distancing regulations meant we could not directly service the people. Overnight we were forced to stop serving the 300 hot, cooked meals we produced every week day at our facilities in Elandsvlei and Toekomsrus. So, instead of cooking meals, we quickly had to make up and deliver food parcels.”

Three hundred families now get monthly packages for many it is the only food they have. But the change created its own problems.

“People came to us, but now we have to deliver food to their homes. That is a costly challenge with only one unreliable bakkie,” says Rev. Mabaso. “But the team pushed through, working long shifts and going the extra mile.”

Level 5 restrictions were particularly difficult. Carryou Caregivers are required to regularly visit the children to check on their wellbeing and health, provide counselling services and help with problems encountered at school or in their communities. During the hard lock down this was not possible.

People had to work from home. Many of our field workers often had to try to reach someone with a working cell phone and ask them to pass on messages to the Caregivers and Social Auxiliaries.”

But tough times build tough people and the Carryou team rose to the occasion.

“Everyone rolled up their sleeves, adapted, and did their duty,” he says. “I am immensely proud of them. In addition, the Department of Social Development stood steadfastly by us. The truth is, without them, and the support of our donors in the United States, Carryou would not have survived — nor would our beneficiaries!”

Despite the tough times Lawrence is optimistic about the future. He believes that with the vaccine program under way there will come a time when Carryou gets back to the way it was.

“It is important we start cooking again,” he says. “That will guarantee the kids get the food, and we can be sure they are getting a daily, healthy meal.