Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 320
Parents are often a key figure in the development of a child, and without them, children may look to other people to fill that void. This behaviour is apparent in the informal settlement of Atteridgeville more than most.
A combination of unemployment and illnesses such as HIV/Aids has created a toxic environment in which the children of the community are paying the price.
In areas which have large numbers of unemployment (Atteridgeville has an unemployment rate of around 50%) social issues such as alcoholism, substance abuse and sexual crimes inevitably follow. Added into this mixture is the number of child-headed households due to the result of AIDS-related adult mortality.
Children who don’t have parents are often used as mules, sent to purchase alcohol and drugs on behalf of older people they look up to and are then encouraged to share in its use. Something that Emily Molokoane could no longer tolerate.
Emily knows what it feels like to grow up without parents as she was raised by her Grandfather along with her brothers and sisters. She says that nobody quite understands an orphan like an orphan, and therefore decided to start Magau Community Project.
Along with her team of 30 volunteers and staff members, she provides food and support to 320 children of the community, most of whom are orphans. At the centre, they receive breakfast, lunch-parcels and dinner, and because many children are the head of their households, she gives them food parcels to take home.
The project also goes door to door throughout the community, making sure that the ill receive proper treatment and children are enrolled in school. For those who are too young to attend school, the centre provides pre-school classes, preparing them so that they are school-ready when the time comes.
Magau Community Project is a great example of what can be achieved when a community pulls together, although extra support is needed. The Department of Social Development does provide funding support, but only for 100 of the 320 children which is around R10,000 per month. To purchase food, pay her staff and pay all of the bills costs the centre roughly R90,000 per month – a shortfall they currently have no means to cover.
Photographer: Leora Hart from Leora Hart Photography | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Eugene du Plessis
Type of Cause:Community, Hunger Relief, Welfare
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