- Nomtha Mboneli is a young mother in a rural Eastern Cape village
- She has taken in several abandoned children at her home
- She has done this despite being unemployed and surviving on a child grant
Nomtha Mboneli, a young mother in Hlwahlwazi village in the Eastern Cape, has taken in several abandoned children at her home.
33-year-old Nomtha provides shelter to 10 kids aged between two and 18 years old, GroundUp reports. These are in addition to her own three-year-old child.
Almost all of the kids were left at her home by teenage moms, some of who said they would return but never did.
The kind lady's simple home has three rooms and one rondavel. An assistant helps her care for the kids, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Nomtha's gesture is even more heartwarming because she is unemployed. She survives on a child grant and her parents sometimes chip in when they can.
In an interview, she said all she wants is for the kids to have a home and go to school:
What I’m doing is to give a safe and warm home to these children. I also make sure that they go to school every day.
However, none of the children has a birth certificate, meaning they cannot get child grants.
In some cases, their mothers kept the certificates so they could keep receiving the grants without caring for them.
Nevertheless, Nomtha is undeterred. One of her beneficiaries, 18-year-old Alungile Ndayi, praised her:
My parents abandoned me and have not made any contact — not that I care. I’m happy here and I’m getting all the love I need.
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