Grandparents have hard time raising 23 orphans
Paulina Makgamathe of Brits danced a jig of thanks when Mama Angel gave her provisions for her family.
Granny Paulina, 65, and her husband Frans, 66, are raising 23 grandchildren because 10 of their 14 children have died. Their fortunes deteriorated after they had to bury four of their children in two years.
This left them with barely any money from their savings. They now support the family on their joint pensions.
"We have suffered for the past four years. Things have gone from bad to worse," Granny Paulina said.
Their water supply was cut off years ago and they have to beg people in the township for buckets of water.
"People laugh at us because we are poor. Some throw their donations at me and I have to pick them up from the ground," she said.
"I never gave up hope. I knew help would come from somewhere."
Mama Angel gave the family food, toiletries, plates and cups.
"God bless Sowetan, the guardian of orphans.
"I will praise you day and night for your help. We will never forget your kindness," she said.
"My life is looking up now and I must sit down and plan for the future. I want to raise my grandchildren so that they may look after me. I think God has kept me here for a purpose, this purpose.
"I know you have been sent by God to help me rear my grandchildren."
The Makgamathes have four living children, but only one is employed.
l The family still needs sheets, duvets and beds,
crockery, pots and cutlery, as well as school uniforms and shoes for the children.