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Welcome surprise for kids

By Nthabisang Moreosele | 2009-11-12 00:00:00.0 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

MAMA Angel added to the joy of the children at Nanga Vhutshilo in Dlamini.

MAMA Angel added to the joy of the children at Nanga Vhutshilo in Dlamini.

Sowetan brought sacks full of toys for the children, some of whom belong to child-headed families.

The day became even more thrilling when Tracker drove a gleaming bus on to the premises of the NGO.

Nanga Vhutshilo is a community-based centre that looks after vulnerable, orphaned children and child-headed families in Soweto.

The children are counselled about being infected and affected by HIV-Aids.

The centre also gives hampers to about 110 families and 225 children a month. It has 11 child-headed families on its list.

Sibongile Mkhwanazi is the CEO and founder of Community Action, which overseas Nanga Vhutshilo.

"We have children who have been abandoned by their mothers because of HIV infection," Mazibuko said.

"It is very painful to see a child struggling without any affection and support."

"We have a drop-in centre, a library and homework help. We also place youth in employment," she said.

"Our children are going to have toys for Christmas, thanks to Sowetan, which always responds to our appeals for help."

Mazibuko was overcome with joy when Tracker employees arrived with a minibus.

"The CSI team along with several Tracker staffers were recently privilege to deliver a wonderful Toyota bus to Nanga Vhutshilo, which is one of Tracker's primary charities in Soweto," said Tracker's spokesperson Koos Radebe.

"It's difficult to put into words what it was like seeing the bus drive into the grounds of the charity to be met by more than a hundred people," he said.

"They were rejoicing at the sight of this vehicle that will make such a huge difference to their lives.

"The bus will be used to assist the charity, but most notably to transport the children and in so doing will enrich their lives."

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