Ngangifisa is lucky to be part of an even larger family, the Edu Fun family. Edu Fun is an organization that began 16 years ago and supports the children of Diepsloot Combined School in many ways. Edu Fun and it’s partner projects have created a holistic approach to looking after the well-being of each child, including student literacy, basic health checks, ensuring the children have full stomachs and a proper school uniform.
When Ngangifisa began in 2016 we started with just 7 households. Now our beautiful family consists of 12 of the most vulnerable families in Diepsloot Combined School. Within these 12 families there are 50 children with ages ranging from infancy to 19. Most live in one room shacks with no water or electricity. A trip to the communal toilet can be a dangerous undertaking in a township like Diepsloot, especially for a child.
We dreamed of being able to help these children that were lost in the system. We wanted to create an environment for them where they dared to dream.
We meet each month with the oldest child in each household, who had no choice in becoming the advocate for their entire family. Some have lost parents to disease, some to violence and some were simply abandoned by one or both parents. But none have lost hope. None have lost their spark. Let me introduce you to them…
Tebogo Sekhu is in University now. He is responsible for his 2 siblings.
Lilian Nkosi is in grade 12. She is responsible for her 6 siblings.
Mahlomola Mkhandlwana is in grade 12. He is responsible for his 4 siblings.
Jonas Letsoalo is in grade 11. He is responsible for his 2 siblings.
Kelebogile Matloga is in grade 11. He is responsible for his 2 siblings.
Thabiso Kgowa is in grade 9. He is responsible for his 5 siblings.
Kamohelo Moema is in grade 9. He is responsible for his 6 siblings.
Mtando Ngwenya is in grade 9. He is responsible for his 3 siblings.
Brian Maesela is in grade 8. He is responsible for his 2 siblings.
Thabiso Mohlala is in grade 6. He is responsible for 1 sibling.
Mpume Madondo is in grade 6. She is responsible for her 3 siblings.
Inam Gatyeni is in grade 3. She is responsible for her 2 siblings.
For a few hours each month we provide them with a distraction from their reality. We share a meal together. We ask them about their lives. We ask them about school. We dance and act silly. We push them to be better. We praise them for everything they are. We encourage them to be so much more than they can imagine.
We dreamed of this. But, we dream of doing more. We currently have a wait list of 20 families that are hoping to join our program. We hope you dare to dream with us. Donate now.