BURGERSFORT- After a devastating fire ate away Martha Mokoena’s shack in Bothashoek last month, her family was left homeless and in dire need. The family relocated to Praktiseer to seek shelter at relatives, leaving the damaged shack.
Mokoena’s prayers were answered when Hip Hop Cares foundation visited the family on September 9 to offer a helping hand. The team first assessed the damage and salvaged what they could still use to rebuild the shack. The community came to help as the team was busy with material calculations required to rebuild the shack. Community members, Letters Lekubu , Paul Khoza and David Sekono also landed a helping hand to the Hip Hop Cares team as they tried erecting another shack.
“We also received a donation from a neighbour, Hilda Sekono, who donated 10 corrugated iron sheets and, Hip Hop Cares Foundation provided the rest, with building poles and door included”, said Hip Hop Cares chairperson Geomatric Nkosi. The material was bought from a local hardware store and was immediately delivered for the eager group of helpers. Within minutes another shack was completed for the family. Nkosi added “We learnt of the Mokoena family situation from one of the educators at Mahlagaume Primary School, as she teaches some of the kids from the family.
“We then decided it is our duty to roll up our sleeves and come to the family’s aid.” He further reiterated, “With charity works, there is no planning and no budget. There is just humanity and caring about people”. Mokoena is a single mother of three kids. She said she has lost everything, including clothes, Identity documents due to the fire. She thanked the team as well as community members for ensuring that she has shelter. The Hip Hop Cares foundation vowed to visit the family again to offer a helping hand.