To support the Mandela Day 2019 campaign #ActionAgainstPoverty, Unity College’s families and staff collected clothes, blankets and non-perishable food. On Friday 20 July, Mr du Preez-Ackerman and partner, Michelle Kirk, Hazel Kekana and seven of our learners headed out to Munsieville squatter camp in Krugersdorp to hand-deliver the items.
When you enter the squatter camp, any issues that feel big to oneself are quickly disintegrated, seeing the living conditions of those who are less fortunate (material-wise) than ourselves. The tin shacks absorbing in the chilly air, the sand stirring on the ground, litter taking flight in the little wisps of wind. Children holding onto Mommies legs with not much other than the clothes on their backs, unbathed and in need of a hot meal. We got to speak to one of the moms who lost her daughter two days ago. Three deaths alone in the week – the icy elements in the open plain have a lot to do with people falling ill. While most of us sorry about not having money mid-month; these families/communities worry about where their next meal will come from.
While the residents were abundantly grateful for the donations raised, the desperate need is still food.
We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who donated towards this event. We were so moved by the people’s need, that we will arrange for another collection in the near future. Please keep an eye out on the calendars and social media.
By Michelle Kirk