“ I never thought I would ever get a new dress.”
Their beautiful singing can be heard all over the place. Dressed in the new dresses made of the same material and colour, smiles on their faces tell anyone that, they are happy , thanks to the Mokotjomela ADP Community Care Coalition group. The new dresses made of GIK fabrics
Children who struggle to have something to eat, often find it difficult to get new clothes .For Melida(16) and Thakane(8) getting new clothes has never been on their minds because for them to eat, good samaritans have to come along. If nobody comes they have to depend on the only meal the school provides at lunch. The two double orphans who stay with their 60 year old granny , also depend on good Samaritans for clothing.
It is Thursday in the afternoon at the St, Gabriel Mission centre within Mokotjomela ADP. Children dressed in similar dresses sing and dance together and for a lot of them, the smiles hid a lot of hardships they endure within their households. Melida and Thakane are among the singers and thanks to the GIK fabrics from world Vision Taiwan , they are putting on dresses made for them and other OVCs in the area by the Community Care Coalition Group that has dedicated its time and energy to helping such children.
“ I never thought I would ever get a new dress. Most of the time me and my sister get second hand clothes given to us by good Samaritans. I want to thank them a lot . Such people are like angels send by God to us. I cannot imagine what I would be wearing without this new dress. Today I received a new dress made especially for me. I used to hate even to go to church because there people put on nice clothes. At least now I can also go to church, she smiles looking at the new dress as if to say ‘ this so valuable.’
Melida and Thakane stay with their granny , who struggles to feed them. Her other siblings stay with relatives in the neighboring Republic of South Africa. “ I want to thank these people who were gracious enough to donate these dresses. At my age I do not even receive pension and feeding these children has always been a challenge. Getting them new clothes is even tougher because I also depend on good Samaritans for clothes.” Says Granny Motsoahe.
Melida and Thakane are among 261 orphans and vulnerable children taken care of by the Community Care Coalition group. The ADP had donated machines as well as GIK fabrics for the Group.