Stories of Hope

“Hope is like a road in the country. There wasn’t ever a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence”




Hendrina is one of our regular members of our Support Groups and leads the sewing group. She recently expressed a desire to help the other ladies in the Support Group to learn to read and write. She is currently doing this on a Wednesday morning at Siphila Sonke
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Child Welfare Safe House

Earlier in 2016 we had to ask the Grabouw Child Welfare to intervene with children who are members of our Kids Club.  As a result the children were placed in the Grabouw Child Welfare “Safe House”.

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Pumla and her husband were both in very poor health when they were referred to Siphila Sonke by the Themba Care Hospice. They lived with their baby son in an area known as “The Barracks’ because they were disused Eskom barracks which had been subdivided into dark, dingy rooms each housing a family. There were one or two communal taps and toilets.


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During a recent visit in one section of Waterworks, Linda & Bev came upon Matsepang who was one of our beneficiaries in 2011. Matsapang was a single (separated) mother of four who has come out of a very abusive relationship and was very ill with T.B.

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Debbie has been a loyal member of the Support Group and in a letter from her recently these few lines:

“Thank you that I can go to the Support Group with my problems. We comfort each other and learn new things  – and for visiting me with my Support Group friends at my home when I’m ill. We enjoy Tuesdays and Thursdays. Siphila Sonke makes me happy and I enjoy it with the Girls because I don’t have friends at home”

Debbie has recovered nicely and has been accepted at a “Learnership Programme” now and is very excited as she will also be earning an income.