A house donated by Swazi Rally to disabled young men last year
Swazi Rally donates a house, giving back to community
Gogo Josephine Sibandze (73) was over the weekend presented with a two-room house worth over E50 000 by Swazi Rally as part of their legacy project.
The elderly woman of Ebuseleni, a community set apart by the Mkhondvo River, was presented with the much welcome Christmas present which culminates from a relationship which spans nearly a decade. Explaining this relationship, founder Carlos Paiva said they approached her after two bikers had an accident in the hills behind her house and asked her to keep the bikes within her homestead. “She emptied one of her huts and removed the occupants to allow us to store the motor bikes,” Paiva explained, adding that this shocked them as it was unexpected. Even though they collected the bikes a few days later, the relationship continued with Swazi Rally helping according to her needs. He said though their initial budget was E35 000, the poor road conditions escalated the amount as they had to transport most of the materials to the homestead perched on the face of a hill. They also had to add a retaining wall at the back of the house so that it would not flood after noting how her stick and mud hut kitchen lost most of its wall after the rains. Over the years Sibandze has been given food parcels by the group as well as had clean water delivered for cooking and drinking as they have over the years relied on a stream which is near the home which is also used by livestock making it unsafe to drink. Recounting how the elderly woman never ceased to amaze them with her unselfishness, Paiva said they once brought her food and about five loaves of bread. Expecting her to hold on to it and only give her family members, they were shocked to see her sharing the little that she had with her neighbours.
The woman who rears donkeys which she uses as beasts of burden and for ploughing fields said she was very excited about having a solid roof over her head. She admitted that she was so excited she would have moved in even before the handover as she could not believe that she was moving out of the hut which has over the years exposed her to snakes and the harsh weather elements. She praised the Paiva family and said she was so shocked and did not know what she had done to deserve so much. Pointing at her green fields, she said she would have a bumper harvest as the Women Farmer Foundation had donated the seed and fertilisers.
Swazi Rally also donates water tank
In addition to the house and pit latrine, Swazi Rally also donated a water tank which will harvest rain water for drinking and cooking.
“They used to drink water from a stream which is also used by the livestock,” Paiva said as he approved the rocky stream.
The family used the same stream for consumption as well as to bath, as one of Sibandze’s daughter in-law emerged from the bordering bushes carrying her bath towel.
There were also children on the rocks who were just completing their bath session in preparation for the handing over ceremony.
Sibandze later let it be known that Swazi Rally had been bringing them life changing water as they were no longer getting sick.
Paiva revealed how his sister Ding Paiva, who is also a nurse, was tasked with teaching the family how to live healthy lives as they had not had a toilet prior to the donation evidenced by the way the children would stand on the seats instead of sitting on it.
“We wanted to use the toilet during one of our visits and were directed to the bush, hence the pit latrine was also built,” Paiva said. Swazi Rally also gave the seven grandchildren gifts in the form of clothes and shoes. Seeing as there were also children from neighbouring families, Sonia Paiva said they had made provision for them as well. Sibandze shed tears of joy when she noted the joy in her grandchildren’s faces as they opened the presents they were given. Each child was given two changes of clothes, a cap for boys while girls got sun hats and shoes paired with socks.