‘Help me, I’m dying with my family’
The woman taking care of the family pleads for assistance in the situation she is faced with. Sifundza disclosed that she has suffered for long and is clueless on what she can do to help her family now.
“I have tried everything now need to be home to nurse my sickly husband yet and this is psychologically draining. We have no food and medication for my husband is expensive as sometimes I don’t get it from the local hospital and forced to return with him home”.
Sifundza said the situation of her husband is not showing any improvement and it’s getting worse by the day.
“I appeal to the Swazi nation to help me, my daughter has been repeating classes and I believe her undoing is the situation at home. I can’t even afford to pay for her school fees as she is not in the World Bank project like the other children,” adds Sifundza.
Sifundza stated that the WorldBank project has brought life into the household, stating as a fact that even though it’s directly for the purposes of helping the children who are beneficiaries but as a family they have been able to get a share to have food to survive.
“The project is specific on what we should do with the money but as the only source of revenue, the grant has brought life to this family. It is small but we can breathe a sigh of relief now as we don’t face the embarrassment of asking for food to feed the family,” adds Sifundza.
Dlalisile High School Headteacher identified as Lukhele described the family situation as very dire for children to survive under such conditions. Lukhele was approached after *Nothando* was said to be repeating Form Two for the third year and said she doesn’t have resources to continue her education. Lukhele was asked on how the child is behaving at school to a point that she can repeat a class more than two times. The headteacher disclosed that Nothando is a well behaved child, who has never given the school challenges like most teenagers would do.
“She is a well behaved child but the academic situation is not good and it’s a course for concern to us as a school. She was once enrolled in the government sponsored programme for orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) but the programme only allow once that one can default passing then you are then dropped”.
Lukhele when was asked if the situation at home could be blamed to the lower grades of Nothando at school “it’s a difficult situation for any child to grow up in an environment that is not conducive but I may not to say such can have an effect on a child, but its even worse when such a situation also happens to be to a child who is not academically gifted but as educators we try our best to help the family where we can.”