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”

Anonymous

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Matsapang

Matsapang is a single (separated) mother of four who has come out of a very abusive relationship and is very ill with T.B. During October 2010 she came to the attention of Siphila Sonke when she had been released from hospital having suffered a collapsed lung from her TB. She was extremely weak, absolutely destitute and forced to leave her marital home with her children.
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Jack and Sabina

Jack and Sabina were referred to Siphila Sonke in January 2009 by the Themba Care Hospice. They were both very ill with TB and had no income. Siphila Sonke provided them with an emergency food parcel and then assisted them in obtaining the necessary disability grants.  Jack and Sabina expressed their wish to get married so the Siphila Sonke volunteers who were looking after them gave them a Bible and set up an appointment for them with Reverend Neil Meyer from the Elgin United Church.

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Pumla

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.

Pumla was invited to join the Siphila Sonke Support Group and the family were given regular food parcels and assisted with the Child Grant and their own Disability Grants. The improved nutrition helped Pumla significantly and she blossomed into a popular, active member of the Support Group.

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Kaylip

Kaylip

Natasha is a mother suffering from both TB and Aids.  Her and her young son Kaylip were on Siphila Sonke’s food parcel list as he had became extremely ill with a lung infection and was malnourished.  Today we are thrilled that he is attending a creche and is a healthy and happy little boy.

 


Eloise

Eloise

Eloise is unable to work as she has two handicapped children who need special care. Her husband became ill and lost his job. Siphila Sonke was delighted to be able to support this amazing family for a short period until the beginning of November 2014 when he had recovered and found employment at one of our local fast food outlets.