16 Dec 2015

A FAMILY of 11 poverty stricken women and children were given a new lease on life with a new home in Cottonlands recently.

The two-bedroom home with a kitchen, bathroom and dining room is the first house for the family who were living in a dilapidated mud house with holes and a leaking roof. The project was made possible through the ward 60 Operation Sukume Sakhe war room in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, non-government organisations (NGO) and community members. Ward councillor Choks Arunajallam said the purpose of the war room is to fight the battle on poverty by helping underprivileged people to utilise the various government services which are available. "The aim is to bring access to services to the most needy at grassroots level. That's how we found the Blose family through the community representatives who identified this family to be in desperate need of help," said Arunajallam. "The house they were living in was beyond repair." Arunajallam said the Blose family situation was worsened by a lack of education and nobody being employed. "Only one of the children are going to school and now that they have the house we are working on helping the children and adults get their school education," said Arunajallam. The family were also given a stove, three months groceries, mattresses and blankets from the Al Imdaad Foundation. He said that local NGOs in the area are also playing their part to ensure that the indigent in the community are taken care off. Going forward, he said, they hope to uplift more families like the Blose family. The Operation Sukume Sakhe project is upheld through monthly meetings, household profiling by the community care givers as well as the dedicated services to poor and vulnerable households. Arunajallam said the Blose family were referred for further interventions to the eThekwini Municipality’s Health Unit, the Human Settlement Unit, SASSA, as well certain NGOs who will continue to provide assistance to uplift the family.