Gift of the Givers a valuable and indispensable partner-Premier Thandi Modise
11 Oct 2012
The Gift of the Givers Foundation (GOTG) has been dubbed a valuable and indispensable partner by North West Premier Mme Thandi Modise following its intervention to alleviate poverty in Verdwaal in the North West Province.
Premier Modise expressed appreciation of the relief effort amounting to over R2 million that the organisation gave the impoverished community of mostly former farm dwellers and its recent donation of a new fully equipped kitchen build for the benefit of thousands of children in the impoverished community.
“The contribution of the organisation to boost the school nutrition programme by providing an upgraded facility to prepare nutritious and health diet for learners has demonstrated that its shares our commitment to free the community from the cycle of poverty and hunger,” said Premier Modise in commending foundation on the official opening of a fully equipped Kitchen at Motlhatswa Primary School situated in Itsoseng Zone 3.
Speaking prior the unveiling of the plague in memory of the Mmupele children at the event, The foundation’s representative, Emily Thomas paid tribute to the late Ditsobotla local Municipality Councillor Lennox Jomo Matshogo who had assisted with distribution of food parcels and the needs of the community.
“The reason we chose this school is because two of the four kids that died attended school here and our believe is if those kids knew they would get something to eat at school they would never have gone looking for food elsewhere. Their death was tragic and I pray to God that never ever must a child die of hunger in SA,” said Thomas.
She expressed appreciation to government departments that had assisted the community with application of identity documents and social grants.
The children in whose memory the plague was opened, three boys – Onkarabile, 2, Nkune, 6, and Sebengu, 9, Mmupele – and little girl Mapule, 7, had set out after Kedibone, their sister and mother. She had left home early one Monday morning to go to a farm where her mother was visiting in the hope of getting food.
The youngsters did not arrive, dying on the way. The post-mortem had found that the four children had not had a full meal in weeks.
“This is welcome relief for many who would not have to lose their children like i did and a reminder that there are those who care for us,” said Kedibone Mmupele who was a guest at the official opening over a meal.
The joyous occasion was graced by among others MEC for Social Development, Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Mosetsanagape Mokomele-Mothibi who represented Premier Modise and co-officiated in the opening of the Kitchen, COSATU-North West Provincial Secretary Solly Phetoe, Dinkwetse Matshhogo, widow and wife to Councillor Matshogo, educators and learners who were treated to a hot meal from the new Kitchen stocked up with supplies at the conclusion of the programme.
Phetoe pledged that the labour federation will explore how it could assist sustain the feeding project.
The GOTG is the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin on the African continent. We have delivered over R750 million in aid to 35 countries around the world, including South Africa. It has received 76 awards to date, four from Heads of State, all of which recognise the contribution it has made in the course of fulfilling its humanitarian and unconditional responsibility.
The foundation assists irrespective of race, religion, colour, class, political affiliation or geographical boundary. It is entirely neutral in its approach to mankind in need, are non-judgemental and have an open-minded approach to all situations. It works with governments to get our assistance delivered but do not align themselves politically to any party. It has excellent partnership relationship with the South African Government for the delivery of our local projects, as well as for foreign aid delivery.
Lesiba Moses Kgwele
Tel: 018 388 3705
Cell: 083 629 1987
Fax: 018 388 3157
Issued by: North West Provincial Government
11 Oct 2012
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