You could call Nomfundo, Zixolisile, Siziwe and Amanda ‘angels of mercy’ . . . they’re four of 10 home based caregivers in a place called Lessyton.
It’s in the rural Eastern Cape, one of the most disadvantaged and neglected provinces in South Africa. And it goes without saying that the 1 310 people living in the seven communities that make up Lessyton are critically poor, suffering many needs and lack of facilities.
One small beacon of hope is the Akhanani Home Based Care Centre, started in 2006 by community members who recognised the level of poverty and health issues that existed.
We visited this centre recently, and saw how volunteers live out the ethos of the name, ‘Akhanani’ – which means ‘build each other up’ – working as home based caregivers.
Every day they visit the homes of sick people where they bath, feed, tend wounds, wash bed linen, deliver medication from the local clinic and monitor treatment adherence.
Patients include those with chronic illnesses, people who are old and frail, many who are bedridden, and also those who are disabled. They also care for orphans (especially those in child headed households) and other vulnerable children in the community.
All of this is done with no compensation, and desperately few resources.
Lessyton’s ‘angels of mercy’ need help, and we’re hoping that you’ll be part of giving that help by making your donation.
One of the most immediate ways of helping is to provide the caregivers with medical kits that carry basic nursing essentials like disposable gloves and aprons, antiseptic, ointments, pain killers, bandages and plasters, cotton wool, scissors, burn dressings, and even soap and washcloths.
But the centre just doesn’t have the money to buy the kits, which also need to be regularly refilled as the contents get used up.
As soon as we receive your donation, we can put it towards providing and refilling medical kits to be used by Lessyton’s ‘angels of mercy’.
Akhanani and its volunteer caregivers deserve all the help we can give them. And all those they care for deserve our compassionate support.
Please will you be as generous as you possibly can as you make your donation that’ll be used in the Lessyton community to ‘build one another up’.
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