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Marlene’s life changed in 2009, when she became part of a donor sponsored programme in Soweto. Since then we’ve known her as a happy, loving girl whose smile brings joy to those who know and cherish her. *Marlene Mashego (pseudonym) (17) and her younger brother *Lesego Mashego (pseudonym) (12) were born HIV positive. Her status…

Die huis van my hart

Marlene se lewe het in 2009 verander, toe sy opgeneem is in ons program in Soweto wat deur ‘n donateur geborg is. Sedertdien ken ons haar as ‘n gelukkige en liefdevolle jong meisie met ‘n glimlag wat vreugde bring aan almal vir wie sy kosbaar is. *Marlene Mashego (skuilnaam) (17) en haar jonger boetie, *Lesego…

Dunamis Food & Events

Dunamis was established in April 2017 by a former Assistant Chef student from the Emdeni Skills Development Centre, Innocentia Mtshali. Dunamis Food & Events specialises in catering and event planning. Not only is the company about rendering a service but is also about empowering women and the youth through employment. Director, Innocentia, is a resident…

Listening to the rain

Little Tumelo is happy in his bed tonight as he listens to the rain pouring down outside. He hears the breathing of his two roommates and all of this makes the most wonderful music. Earlier today Aunty Ernesta told them to stop complaining because they could not play outside because of the rain. She told…

Die behoefte aan ’n rolmodel

Ken Summers (skuilnaam) ken nie sy biologiese pa nie. Hy bly by sy grootouers, sy oom en ’n jonger sussie in Kathradapark. Sy ma is oorlede toe hy maar tien jaar oud was. Sy omstandighede voorspel vir hom die volgende scenario: “Ken is vroeg uit die skool en verkoop en gebruik nou dwelms. Hy is…

In need of a role model

Ken Summers (pseudonym) does not know his biological father. He lives with his grandparents, uncle and younger sister in Kathrada Park. His mother passed away when he was ten years old. One could expect the following scenario to describe this young man’s life: “Ken dropped out of school and is selling and using drugs. He…

Piet is doing well after knee operation

“We need your help! Piet (16) injured his knee in a rugby match and needs a knee operation”. You may recall our cry for help for Piet’s sake late last year. And answer, you did! YOU raised over R20 000 towards the operation. Piet has been a member of the Abraham Kriel family since 2011. As…

Piet vorder na knie-operasie

“Ons het u hulp nodig! Piet (16) het sy knie in ‘n rugbywedstryd beseer en benodig ‘n knie-operasie”. U mag die hulpkreet ter wille van Piet laat verlede jaar onthou. En u het daarop ge-reageer. U het meer as R20 000 geskenk vir die operasie. Piet is sedert 2011 al deel van die Abraham Kriel familie…

My ander familie

“Ek mis dit om na Rockystraat te stap en amagwinya (vetkoek) vir julle meisies te koop; die krismis-beddens wat ons Tannie Ester oortuig het om ons te laat maak; die iingedo (klipspeletjie) wat ons onder die boom gespeel het en die eindelose wegkruipertjie speletjies in die aande.” Hierdie is die herinnering wat Catherine (20) deel…

My alternative family

“I will miss walking to Rocky Street to buy amagwinya (vetkoek) for you girls; the family beds we begged aunty Esther to have; the iingedo (game played with stones) we played under the tree and the endless hide and seek games we played in the evenings”. These are the memories shared and cherished by Catherine…