- A woman who was left to fend for herself and her sibling when she was just a teen has become a beacon of hope for her community
- Olwethu Ntliziyombi worked while completing school and today she works for an organisation that helps kids and elderly people
- The Duncan Village Safe Park feeds 180 children and elderly people on a daily basis
When Olwethu Ntliziyombi was just 15 her mother left - leaving her to fend for herself and look after her siblings.
Briefly.co.za gathered Ntliziyombi did not let her circumstances get her down - she started to work as a security guard while she completed school.
Today, the 26-year-old, who hails from Duncan Village outside East London, is a beacon of hope for her community.
In 2016, she started to volunteer at the Duncan Village Safe Park - an organisation founded by the Duncan Village Civic Organisation and the Buffalo City Municipality in 2012.
The organisation, where Ntliziyombi works as the co-ordinator, aims to help child- and elderly-headed homes.
“I love my work. I love helping people because there are so many here who need help,” she said.
The Safe Park offers an after-school programme that helps children do their homework, and in 2016 the organisation started a food garden.
The garden currently provides fresh vegetables to 180 children and elderly people on a daily basis, Shoprite revealed in a statement.
Shoprite teamed up with the Safe Park towards the end of last year when it was revealed that their food garden could be much more productive.
"Due to dry conditions, the soil needs a great deal of compost and mulching in order to grow crops more consistently. A water tank, fencing and training were also needed, so Shoprite ensured that all the necessary infrastructure was put in place so that when the training commenced, it would be of benefit," the statement read.
The Safe Park's staff was also trained in permaculture methods - which taught them valuable skills, including how to protect the vegetables as they grow.
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