The Africa Centre for Population Health celebrated Mandela Day by responding to a request to improve the home and living conditions of 63-year-old Mrs Gogo Bongisiwe Mcambi of Machibini near Mtubatuba.
After assessing the very difficult life circumstances of Mcambi, who supports her four grandchildren and her disabled son using her old age grant, the Facilities Team at the Africa Centre decided to pledge more than just 67 minutes! Instead they renovated two houses belonging to the family and built them a kitchen.
After three days of wall plastering, floor tiling, and window repairing the homestead took on a totally new look.
The Mcambis now have a home they can be proud of.
Donations from Africa Centre staff included beds, bedding, a fridge, furniture, toys, clothing, and groceries, among other items.
‘We couldn’t just turn a blind eye - even with the limited resources we have, we knew something could be done to bring a smile to the faces of this wonderful rural family,’ said Facilities Manager at the Africa Centre, Ms Rene Stroebel.
‘I am lost for words,’ said Mcambi. ‘The Africa Centre has drastically improved my life. I now have a comfortable home and new furniture. My grandchildren now have enough to eat.’
The Community Engagement Unit (CEU) which organised the Mandela Day initiative was pleased with the outcome. ‘Nelson Mandela once said: “It always seems impossible, until it’s done”,’ said ecstatic CEU Co-ordinator, Ncengi Mthethwa. ‘The Africa Centre and the community proved today that it can be done!'