This year started on a positive note for Rays of Hope future legend, Asanda Sizani, and her five siblings who received a new home in March, thanks to a donation from a long-time Rays of Hope benefactor. We told the story of 19-year-old Asanda and her siblings in the last issue of this newsletter, highlighting their complex and unsafe home environment.

In partnership with an overseas-based friend, Rays of Hope was able to make a new home for the family possible. The newly built one-room home was built with the utmost care, with finishing touches including a ceiling and tiled floor, which are very unusual in an Alex house. The family is now safely resident in their new home, giving the Sizani siblings peace of mind and a new hope for the future.

The Sizani family has also been allocated a field worker who is a qualified auxiliary social worker to help them get back on their feet. The family will continue to receive monthly food parcels, and Asanda will get help with studying or getting a job, work readiness training, and life skills training, which will help her provide for her siblings. Her brothers and sisters are also getting educational assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to Rose-Act Saturday school, which provides Maths and English support for Grade 4 – 9 children.

Rays of Hope‘s mission is to move people from vulnerability to independence, through its nine programmes and in partnership with 30 local NGOs and 110 local businesses.

If you would like to contribute to the varied and important work that Rays of Hope does in the Alexandra community, for families like the Sizanis and others, click here for options.