Bodibe village is situated in the North West Province and is a small but densely populated community facing the challenge of unemployment and poverty. To make matters worse, the village has no water and electricity supply.
Gift of the Givers became aware of retired teacher, Moses Lephadi, and his soup kitchen being run on a shoe string budget for the past 2 years with the help of 9 volunteers. Their team feeds 150 people 3 times a week with an enormous share of challenges. There is no place to store the food or utensils and no running water for preparation of meals. The elderly are forced to sit outside in all kinds of weather conditions while waiting for an essential meal.
Partnered with Gift of the Givers on the 2015 Mandela Day project are SAfm, Lafarge, Corobrick, Nedbank, Builders World and the Department of Agriculture. This sizable team invested skills, resources and finances into the development of the Bodibe village. A borehole was the first priority not only for the sake of having potable water but to effect a plain sailing development process. The villagers watched with baited breath as the team took a crack at the borehole followed by an eruption of cheer and elation as water rushed out from underground. The women in total elation would sprinkle a scoop of water on the ground while singing praises of gratitude every time someone walked into the ground that harbored the borehole, a praiseworthy treasure.Much to their disbelief, there was more in store for the Bodibe villagers. The elders gathered around the builders as they lay a foundation for a kitchen, dining hall and ablution facility while the youth learned the tricks of the trade, mixed cement and laying bricks amongst other fundamental tasks. More than just a place to eat, the dining hall will serve as a community center for the development of skills.
Of course we could not simply leave the community with their new amenities and not incorporate self sustainability in the form of a vegetable garden courtesy of Nedbank.
All of this over the Mandela Month leading up to the climax on 18 July, Mandela Day, where a bounteous distribution of aid was received by the villagers as well as a hearty meal for 1500 individuals. The Gift of the Givers team handed out the following aid to the value of R988 800.00 including the borehole and building projects.
1000 Personal Hygiene Packs
1000 Fruit Packs
1000 Sweet Packs
1000 Omo Washing Liquid
1000 Clothing Packs
100 Huggies Disposable Nappies
Meanwhile back in KZN, the Gift of the Givers team supported 6 different distribution points with Meals, Blankets, Personal Hygiene Packs, Fruit and Ice-Cream to the value of R1 485 020.00.