- Dr Raoul Goldberg has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity SA to bless his domestic worker
- Dr Goldberg plans on helping to build his domestic worker, Lulama Gomana, a home
- The 54-year-old has been working for the doctor's family for more than two decades
A doctor, Raoul Goldberg and his business partner, Dana Smirin, are fulfilling a long-held dream of building their domestic worker and her family a house.
In November 2019, Smirin and Goldberg contacted Habitat for Humanity SA for help to build a house for Lulama Gomana in Delft, Cape Town.
The 54-year-old mother is a single parent living in a shack with her two children, two grandkids and her late brother's two children.
According to Givengain.com, the shack they have lived in for 21 years consists of three rooms, which leaves the kids to sleep in the kitchen.
The shack also do not provide complete protection from the weather elements - when it rains the home leaks and during the Cape winds, sand is blown into the living areas.
Gomana said it's not safe to live in the shack, adding it was "very dangerous" and "so scary all the time with shooting".
The hard-working single mom said there are nights when she struggles to sleep because she fears the bullets would come through the shack due to the taxi shootings.
Briefly.co.za learned Gomana started working as a cleaner and cook at Dr Goldberg's practice in 1995.
Throughout the years, Gomana became known as the "heart of the clinic" and she worked herself up.
She now manages the dispensary and is said to be the only one who can read the doctor's handwriting.
In 2016, Gomana's received photos from her daughter showing their shack that had collapsed due to the Cape's infamous strong winds.
With the aid of neighbours, they managed to rebuild the structure but the damage it had suffered left them vulnerable to rainy weather.
The photos of the shack shocked those at the practice and it inspired Dr Goldberg to help.
“How can I rest peacefully in my home when I know that others are sleeping in a wet bed? There is no holier than thou. We are all humans,” Dr Goldberg said.
Dr Goldberg offered a portion of his retirement savings to help build Gomana a proper house. A patient designed the new dwelling fee of charge.
However, the process has been lingering for more than two years as they faced constant difficulties.
Thus, the partners decided to contact FHSA to see if they could benefit from the Domestic Worker Employer-Supported Housing Project that we have recently developed.
Global Village volunteers will help during the week of 25 January to build Gomana her house.
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