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For many adolescent girls, high school life holds the prospect of endless opportunities and moments with friends. However, in the case of a young Ladysmith girl, this is not the case. This amazing young person cares for 6 siblings and her mother while doing Gr 12.
Coming to her aid, on Thursday, 12 May 2022, the Alfred Duma (Ladysmith) Municipality in partnership with Duduza Care Center, Al-Imdaad Foundation, TB/HIV Care and Operation Sukuma Sakhe hosted the ‘She Conquers Intervention Program’ at eMgazini in Ward 17.
The ‘She Conquers Intervention Program’ identifies adolescent girls and young women who serve as heads of their households and improves their lives.
According to the initiative, the only way to enhance these young women’s lives is by ensuring they are educated, healthy, and safe from violence, while also looking at ways to make these young women more independent and breaking the cycle of poverty.
With this in mind, the Alfred Duma Municipality and the respective organisations reached out to the aforementioned child-headed home, where seven children and their mother live in dire circumstances.
Such is the situation of the household, identified as the Buthelezi family by the municipality, that the eldest child, a Grade 12 girl, has to care for her siblings and mother.
As the family face a series of difficulties, the Alfred Duma Municipality’s Communications Unit explained that after the family was profiled by TB/HIV Care, plans were put into place to assist them.
As a result, the Duduza Care Center donated a two-bedroom house, while the Al-Imdaad Foundation donated a Jojo tank, a double bed, two sleeping sponges and food parcels.
A special thanks goes to the Alfred Duma Municipality, Ladysmith’s Mayor, Cllr Zama Sibisi, the family’s ward councillor, Cllr T C Mlaba, Sister Collette from Duduza Care Center, Mr Mkhonto from the Department of Health and other stakeholders—who gathered to hand over the house to the family.
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