Stu­dents hit the streets... for oth­ers

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By NONKOSI MATROSE

Sithandwa Khuzwayo and Le­boghang Nkam­bule were mak­ing their way back to cam­pus along New Street one day and, as usual, were ap­proached by a car guards and beg­gars ask­ing for change or food.

The Rhodes Univer­sity firstyear stu­dents started talk­ing about how they could make a dif­fer­ence – and that day they started col­lect­ing coins to buy blan­kets for the needy peo­ple they came across. The called it the G-Care Foun­da­tion and at first the money came out of the pock­ets of Khuzwayo and Nkam­bule.

Soon other stu­dents got to hear about what they were do­ing, though, and their sec­ond out­reach, on 3 Septem­ber, was fully funded by do­na­tions from other stu­dents.

“The univer­sity can do some­thing [to help oth­ers] to a cer­tain ex­tent - but what are we as stu­dents do­ing about it? We can tell you all the prob­lems but who are the so­lu­tion mak­ers? We can make the dif­fer­ence we want to see, so that’s why there is G-Care. It isn’t about us, but about help­ing peo­ple,” Nkam­bule said.

G-care cre­ates per­sonal pro­files so they can put to­gether cloth­ing do­na­tions that match a par­tic­u­lar per­son.

They wish to put a stop to the stigma that chil­dren on the streets are naughty, or even dan­ger­ous. “When you go and speak to these kids they tell you that they go to school but are do­ing this (beg­ging) for the peo­ple in their homes, like their younger sib­lings,” Nkam­bule says.

On Sun­days G-Care foun­da­tion vol­un­teers meet in the af­ter­noon at Nkam­bule’s res­i­dence where they start mak­ing sand­wiches and cold drinks. They then go out to High Street and New Street to give out to needy peo­ple such as car guards and those who beg for money and food on the streets. The vol­un­teers en­gage in con­ver­sa­tions while dis­tribut­ing the food parcels and more than one food par­cel is at times given in case the in­di­vid­ual needs a meal later or for some­one back home.

G-Care Foun­da­tion dis­trib­utes over 50 sand­wiches on a day on the streets of Gra­ham­stown. Food parcels are dis­trib­uted ev­ery Sun­day, cloth­ing and blan­kets are also col­lected.

To any­one who would like to be a part or to do­nate any­thing from money to blan­kets, sim­ply di­rect mes­sage G-Care Foun­da­tion on Face­book or on In­sta­gram. Should you know of some­one in need and you do not have a spe­cific plat­form to help you are more than wel­come to vol­un­teer to be a part of G-Care.

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Le­boghang Nkam­bule is one of the Co-Founders of G-Care.

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