- Vanessa Frankal helped a homeless man, Gabriel, return to the DRC after Covid-19 made life impossible for him
- He revealed that he wanted to go home and she decided to help him and started a Back-a-buddy campaign
- She helped raise over R36 000 for Gabriel who had fled war-torn DRC, giving up his studies, in search of a better life in South Africa
Vanessa Frankal posted an amazing story on Facebook of how she helped a homeless man get back to his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The man, Gabriel was exceptionally grateful for all the support he received. It all started when Vanessa met Gabriel on a morning walk and she was touched by his gentle nature.
He was living on the street, all he had to wear was his spotted pyjamas and a coat that was far too large for him.
She learned that he had lost everything during the Covid-19 pandemic and wanted to return home to the DRC.
She started a Backabuddy campaign and before long they had reached their target.
Vanessa was sad to see Gabriel go, she had learned so much about him, he had studied 2 years medicine and 1 year of pharmacy in the DRC.
They had managed to raise R36 439.73 for Gabriel and managed to kit him out with a full wardrobe and four pairs of shoes.
Vanessa has arranged that the money be sent to Gabriel in the DRC in staggered amounts to minimise the risk of something happening to him or the money.
It was a combined effort from a group of people who all worked together to help an amazing man get home.
She reveals the entire story in her Facebook post about how he sacrificed his studies in search of a better life outside of the war-torn DRC.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a local man, Ben Dlamini has been at the receiving end of a ton of praise from South Africans after a picture of him making a living for himself humbly was shared online. Ayanda Slick Khumalo recently took to Facebook's ImStaying, to share pics of Dlamini.
In the post, Ayanda explains how she was approached by Ben who offered to draw a picture for him for only R20. According to Ayanda, the picture was pretty well done and he was left simply impressed by Ben's skill and hustle.
"This is Ben Dlamini from Snathing PMB, he asked to draw a picture of my car for R20 on the corner of Commercial and Greyling Street and I really respect his hustle, instead of just begging for money he uses his God-given talent and makes it into a small business for money to eat."
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