Church assists Pontsho

WELCOME RELIEF: Mama Angel and members of Pontsho Disability Centre in Zebediela celebrating after receiving much needed assistance. 21/04/2010. © Sowetan.
WELCOME RELIEF: Mama Angel and members of Pontsho Disability Centre in Zebediela celebrating after receiving much needed assistance. 21/04/2010. © Sowetan.

WHEN a gloomy situation persists, one should never give up. People must believe that every cloud has a silver lining.

Such persistence paid off for Pontsho Disability Care Centre in Zebediela in Limpopo .

The organisation's future seemed uncertain until some Good Samaritans came knocking at the centre's door.

The good people were members of the Methodist Church in Zebediela who were moved by the plight of the people at Pontsho.

An article highlighting the centre's problems in Sowetan a month ago had ignited their sense of ubuntu so they decided to do something about it.

The much-needed help immediately brought life to the centre when groceries, uniforms and toiletries were delivered. There were smiles on the faces of both the little ones and the adults, who all appreciated the congregation's message of hope and faith.

"We would like to appeal and encourage other congregations that might be interested in helping," Connie Kekana, secretary of the Christian Community Services, said.

"Our church has always cared for the poor and the needy," she said.

They intend to organise a fund-raising campaign to help build three rooms for the centre.

In a previous article, Mme Chauke, the director of the centre, told Sowetan she wished that the centre could be adopted. Now her wish has been granted by the Methodist Church in Zebediela.

The centre still has a few challenges to overcome, including the fact that it has no electricity. More clothes, beds, blankets and food are also needed.

"We need R12000 to get our electricity connected. As winter is around the corner, we urge all Good Samaritans to please assist," Chauke said.

Some of the members at the centre receive government grants, but the majority of the people depend on donations.

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