Supporting Gogos

Supporting Gogos

The retiring offering collected during December 2008, together with the special Christmas morning offering, was used to support gogos in LoveLife’s new goGogetters programme. goGogetters are a network of 500 grandmothers across South Africa who protect teenagers and children at risk from HIV. They make them feel they belong, keep them at school, help them to access social grants, prevent sexual and physical abuse and help feed them. 
 

Ma Edna (pictured left) is one such gogo, a proud 69-year-old from De Doorns in the Boland area. She runs a soup kitchen from a community hall and feeds over 60 people three days a week. Driven by a passion for her church and her kids, she takes care of 54 orphaned children from her community.

Gogo Martha (56) (pictured left) is one of six goGogetters in Mbekweni,Wellington. A mother of two and grandmother of four, her mission has always been to serve her children, church and community. She looks after 25 children and is also a ‘Safety Parent’, caring for abused children who testify in court. In addition, she runs a soup kitchen from her house.

With the money raised in December, RUC hopes to support at least one such gogo in 2009, offering them R300 per month to continue the heroic work that they do.