Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 60
To have a conversation with Elizabeth Mokoka, chairperson of Nkholo Merina Old Age, is to feel yourself being soothed – if only for a little while – about the state of things in South Africa.
Elizabeth has been involved with Nkholo Merina Old Age since its conception in 2013. The project’s founder, Caroline Setgwele, had come to her former teacher with an idea: what if they formed an organization that would gather and care for Lesodi Motlona’s seniors? Up to that point, the situation had been dire: seniors wilted away in their supposed golden years, receiving little support from their families – in fact, often becoming once more the sole caregivers of their grandchildren – and sometimes being violently abused.
There was no question about it – Elizabeth was in. She had been watching the erosion of elderly care for years and knew that with Caroline’s idea they were bound to make a difference.
Nkholo Merina’s team of 11 fiercely care for the village’s seniors. Those who are able to walk make the trek to the large shack that is Nkholo Merina’s Old Age centre a few times a week, and here they are kept busy by everything from soccer games to making crafts to singing. Those who are too frail to make the journey are visited by the team, who cook and clean for them.
There is, in short, no danger of any person above 60 in this village feeling like life has no purpose.
The team receives no funding at all, and make do with sporadic donations and contributions from the team members’ own pockets. At present, their most pressing need is a fence to keep the shack safe.
Their biggest dream is to be able to construct a proper centre for Lesodi Motlana’s seniors, where they could live out their elderly years in peace.
Photographer: Mosa Mailula from Abelife Designs & Productions (Pty) Ltd | Voice Artist: Manjomane Mhlongo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Elderly, Health, Skills Development, Welfare
Lesodi Motlona Village