Help on the way for six or­phans

Good Sa­mar­i­tan raises funds to build de­cent home

Sowetan - - News - By Boi­tumelo Tshehle

A North West man has gone out of his way to raise funds for six or­phans stay­ing in a one­roomed shack.

Kabelo Moro­eng said it broke his heart to see the girls crammed in a room that he could barely call a home. The Molok­wane fam­ily lost their par­ents last year and no one among them is work­ing. Raised by par­ents who made sure that he got ev­ery­thing he wanted, Moro­eng said he won­dered how the Molok­wanes were mak­ing ends meet. Moro­eng, a farmer who also owns a con­struc­tion com­pany, said he knew af­ter see­ing the liv­ing con­di­tion of the fam­ily that he had to do some­thing. “I never slept on an empty stom­ach, I could not imag­ine how they live,” Moro­eng said. Last week he set off on a 127km fundrais­ing walk and man­aged to raise R38 000. He also man­aged to get Good Sa­mar­i­tans who do­nated build­ing ma­te­ri­als for the fam­ily. “I can only use the en­ergy that I have. It’s not about whether you have the money or not, it’s the thought that counts and the drive to do some­thing good for some­one else,” he said, adding that he will soon start build­ing a house for the fam­ily.

“I am hop­ing to start build­ing them a house [soon]. What I have is not enough but it can build them a de­cent home.” Moro­eng said he wanted to change the mind­set of many peo­ple who be­lieve that the back­ground from which one comes con­trib­utes to their fail­ure or suc­cess in life. “I al­ways say that the past must not de­ter­mine what the fu­ture holds for us, as long as we are alive and have brains.”

The Molok­wanes – Koketso, 23, Ke­baa­betswe, 21, Ke­ole­bogile, 18, Kamo­gelo, 16, Ke­go­mod­itswe, 14, and eight-yearold Ole­sego – said they were grate­ful to Moro­eng. “It is tough but we have to learn to ac­com­mo­date one an­other,” said Ke­baa­betswe, who is in grade 11. “We ap­pre­ci­ate what he is do­ing for us.”

‘‘ I never slept hun­gry, I could not imag­ine how they live

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