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South Africa's sweetest home

Apr 12, 2012 | Victor Hlungwani |   26 comments

Kids raise money for orphans' new house

HELP FOR THE HOMELESS: Meshack Makhubele of Gijas Home Improvement Centre, the Manganyi siblings and Khanyisa Combined School pupils in front of the new house. Photos: Victor Hlungwani
FLASHBACK: Ananias, Khensani, Chris, Xitshembiso and Mikateko Manganyi at their house then.

TWO years ago the pupils of Khanyisa Combined School in Giyani took to the streets selling sweets and chips.

Their mission was to raise money to build a decent home for five orphans living in a ramshackle structure they called home.

Yesterday, the Manganyi siblings - Ananias, 20, Khensani, 19, Chris, 15, Xitshembiso, 12, and Mikateko, 9 - of Ngove village, were handed the keys to a new five-roomed home.

One of the pupils, Kuhlula Mabeza, thanked their teacher Makhanani Bilankulu for her sterling effort in encouraging pupils to help the poor.

A jubilant Ananias Manganye said the new home was God's miracle. "I would like to thank all who decided to help us," he said.

Gijas Home Improvement Centre's Meshack Makhubele said he was inspired by the pupils' commitment. "I invited other members of the business community like Build It to come and help."

Since losing their parents, the siblings have survived by going to the local Drop Centre to get food and on handouts from locals.

When they learnt of the orphans' plight in 2010, the Khanyisa Combined School's "Angels of Mercy" started raising funds.

After Sowetan published the story last year, Gijas Home Improvement Centre, the Mabunda Royal Council and Build It came on board to finish the house.

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