Home­less man now has shel­ter – built by women

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ATHENA O’REILLY

A NEW home for a pre­vi­ously home­less Nom­pumelelo man has been built for him – by women.

Luyanda Sb­harho, who works as a gar­dener in Bea­con Bay, was given R1 700 from his em­ployer to build the struc­ture.

About five women in the neigh­bour­hood who form part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion Thuma-mna, then built the struc­ture in Solomon Mahlangu Street.

Sb­harho was all smiles when the Satur­day Dis­patch vis­ited him.

“I can’t de­scribe how I feel. I am just very happy and very grate­ful to the ladies who helped build my new house,” Sbako said.

Sb­harho had pre­vi­ously lived in a make-shift shack with­out any doors, or sides. He used old, torn blan­kets to shield him­self from harsh weather.

Con­cerns ran high among neigh­bours when he used the dwelling as a toi­let, kitchen and bed­room.

It posed a health risk, prompt­ing Thuma-mna to clean up his area.

The pre­vi­ous space he oc­cu­pied was also laden with rub­bish and a bro­ken mat­tress.

“Now he can en­joy a new bed and warmer house.

Zoliswa Tsonono, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Thuma-mna, said Sbako ap­proached his em­ployer and told him about his liv­ing con­di­tions.

“We got the do­na­tion and de­cided to get the ma­te­rial and bed for him and then we built the struc­ture for him.

“We also bought food for him. I am very ex­cited that his boss de­cided to help him and that we are lending a hand in mak­ing sure he lives in a bet­ter con­di­tion.

“I am very thank­ful and ex­cited for him to now live bet­ter,” Tsonono said.

Sb­harho said his em­ployer was un­aware of his liv­ing con­di­tions, but thank­ful he had opened his heart to help out.

“He came to see where I live and he was shocked and he wanted to re­store my dig­nity.

“It was al­ways my dream to have a house and now this makes me very happy,” he said.

Thulisiwe Solomon, an­other mem­ber of Thuma-mna, said they wanted to help the com­mu­nity and make a dif­fer­ence.

“This house will mean a lot to him be­cause he has strug­gled a lot with­out a house and liv­ing in such a bad con­di­tion be­fore,” she said. — or­eillya@ti­soblack­star.co.za

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