goGogetters in Maluti by David Harrison

goGogetters in Maluti by David Harrison

Through the 2009 December retiring offering, members and friends of Rondebosch United Church contributed R11,200 to the goGogetters of Maluti in the Eastern Cape. The Maluti district is one of the poorest and most remote areas in South Africa, pushed up against the southern Drakensberg. There, in 2006, a group of grandmothers established a home for orphaned children, called Noncedo (‘We help’). By 2008, they had 22 children. A year later, the number had grown to 70 children.

The five grandmothers – dubbed goGogetters – face a constant struggle of feeding the children and keeping them at school. Through loveLife’s support, they have been able to obtain childcare grants of R250 for many of them. Last year, loveLife approached the national management of PEP Stores and requested them to provide school uniforms and other basic clothing essentials and blankets at a significant discount to all 500 goGogetters across South Africa. Through this partnership, the gogos of Maluti have obtained 27 PEP vouchers – each worth R415 – to purchase two shirts, long pants or skirts, shoes and socks, a pullover and backpack, as well as a full stationery set!

The gogoGetters were overwhelmed by the gift from RUC, and the granny in charge of Noncedo, Patience Ngcinga, said: ‘We want everybody in that church in Cape Town to know how much their love means to us, out here where most times nobody notices us. Thank you.’