‘Help me, I’m dy­ing with my fam­ily’

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

Sit­u­a­tion

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.

Aca­demic

“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.”

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