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If you put a certain kind of person in a hopeless set of circumstances, they’ll have a solution soon enough. Rosaline Thupi is a certain kind of person. The kind of person whose heart wails at the sight of neglect.
Hungry people aren’t her problem, but she makes them her problem.
Rosaline lives in Seshego, a sprawling Limpopo township that has more than its fair share of hardship. Most of its residents are extremely poor; orphanhood is common, and drug abuse is frightfully present.
When Rosaline was going from home to home in 2008 for her work as a salesperson, one thing became crystal clear to her: no-one was taking care of the Seshego residents who couldn’t take care of themselves. The ill were taking medication on empty stomachs because they didn’t have any food. Children were turning into parents far too young. People were using street drugs like Nyaope to get through their days.
She couldn’t fix it all, but she could, at the very least, feed them.
In that same year, she and a team of 18 other volunteers began doing exactly that from Rosaline’s yard. These days, the number of volunteers has gone down to 5, but the amount of love and devotion to their cause hasn’t budged.
Every weekday, they cook breakfast at Home of Faith Drop-in Centre for the Seshego students on their way to school. By the time the kids are done learning, lunch is waiting, for which they are joined by all hungry residents in the area. After that, Rosaline and the team make sure that activities and homework help keep the youngsters off the streets and out of trouble.
Although a generous benefactor from Nedbank built the team two rooms to serve as an office and a kitchen in 2017, Rosaline knows that a proper building is becoming more and more necessary.
Photographer: Mosa Mailula from Abelife Designs & Productions Pty. Ltd | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Community, Education, Hunger Relief, Welfare