Kgoro helps kids, grannies who are needy

THE KGORO organisation in Kagiso on the West Rand was established after a whole neighbourhood was affected by the Aids pandemic.

THE KGORO organisation in Kagiso on the West Rand was established after a whole neighbourhood was affected by the Aids pandemic.

Kgoro is run by members of the Holy Jerusalem Church of Repentance in Kagiso. It looks after 100 children who have lost parents to the disease.

Mama Angel went bearing stationery and other office materials that Kgoro had asked for.

"We run door-to-door campaigns on the pandemic and to find children who are in need," said Nteboheng Konopi, founder and chairperson of Kgoro.

"We also raise funds to give our members food parcels every fortnight. The abandoned children usually come from single, unemployed parents who have a shaky background.

"There are grandmothers who have daughters and granddaughters who are not much older than each other. All have numerous children.

"There is no male figure in the family, no breadwinner. As a result the mothers, who are HIV positive, breast- feed their babies rather than let people know their status."

Kgoro gives out food parcels, clothes and helps the grannies apply for indigent status. They also help with foster and children's grants. It offers HIV-Aids workshops, skills training and plays to keep the children busy.

The plays classes are run by Molefe Motitsoe, a TV scriptwriter.

"You have to help when people are suffering. You cannot say it is not your problem. Thanks to Sowetanfor ploughing back into the community," Motitsoe said.

"We are planning to take the children and the grannies to the 2010 stadiums before the tournament. We want them to understand what the excitement is all about since some have never even been to Soweto."

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