Profile: Ndlovu Family
Hlengiwe (Zah) and her brother Snethemba Ndlovu
Zah is a 19 year old in grade 12 at Fundokuhle High School in Imbali, the township where she lives in this 4 roomed house with her younger brother.
Their mom died a couple of years ago.
No extended family pays attention to them.
With the help of the community they barely got by until the elders helped Zah apply for a foster grant for her brother. She gets R650 ($93) a month to cover all their needs, this includes stationery, uniforms, personal and household needs (electricity costs R100/month) and food.
Her uncle placed tenants in one room of the house; a mother, her daughter and her 2 young children. They pay R60/month. Aside from the overcrowding, they are unsuitable tenants.
We visited the uncle; he was very collaborative and will give them notice. We have arranged for an appropriate older woman, to rent a room to provide a source of income and also to watch over them and participate in household chores.
Zah's house is in bad shape; dirty, grimy walls, derelict furniture, atrocious pots and no fridge or stove to name the main items.
Nelly will accompany her to the municipal offices to transfer her home into her name. There is tremendous abuse of orphan’s assets by extended family members therefore we will tie up all the loose ends necessary to secure their security.
She loves animals and her dream is to train as an Animal Welfare Assistant.
Snethemba, her brother is a 12 year old in grade 4 attending Ndabenhle Primary School in Imabli.
He and Zah share a room in their small house.
He is very close to his sister and chats freely and openly with her; such a blessing. They confide in each other and Zah is certainly teaching him responsibility.
He is a diligent student getting good marks at school and is curious and works hard. He sings in the school choir and plays soccer for fun with his friends of which he has many.
His hope and dream is to be a policeman or a soldier and also to see Zah with a good job so she can uplift them.