Amor House Build hand over
The 19th of November 2018 was a special day for the Sibanyoni and Masango families, as this was the day of the official handover of their new homes which were built earlier this year.
Our first stop was the Sibanyoni home. To say we were blown away by the transformation of the new home would be an understatement. Was this the same home that we had built just a few months ago? The IIG Class of 2018 was represented by Nontuthuko Mhlungu and Siphamandla Magubane, while the IIG and AMOR were represented by President Daniel Stevens and Zingisa Mapasa respectively.
There was uncontainable excitement and euphoria in the air as we made our way into the new home. The once empty house was now furnished, and in the one room, lay a baby having her afternoon nap. Lindiwe, who lives with her siblings in the new house, was overjoyed and relayed how her favourite part about their new home, was that they no longer had to worry about rainy days and water dripping through the roof, which had been the case in their previous home. This made all of us very emotional as this is something we take for granted and never give a second thought to in our own homes.
After a walk about of the new home, we all convened in front of the house, where the official hand-over ceremony took place. Pastor William opened for us in prayer, and thereafter we had a few short words from President Daniel Stevens, Zingisa Mapasa, Nontuthuko Mhlungu and Pastor Marius, who also represented AMOR. Lindiwe then closed for us by extending her heartfelt gratitude and insisted on being involved in future house builds. She went on to convey how being part of the house build and being a recipient of a home had made her want to extend the same to others in her community. The moment we had all been waiting for had arrived – Lindiwe had a huge smile on her face as she cut the ribbon which hung across the door frame, and reached out to receive the keys to the new home. We all clapped and cheered joyfully as she finally inserted the key and opened the door.
Our next stop was the Masango home. Even though we had not been a part of the actual house build, it was the funds raised by the Class of 2018 that made this house build possible. We were greeted at the entrance of the new home with warm hugs and smiles. Once again, we all convened in front of the house and Pastor William again opened in prayer. He then conveyed a short story about the recipient. Elizabeth Masango is a single mother of two, and was abandoned by her husband, who was the bread winner of the home. Being the recipient of this new home was therefore a huge blessing for Elizabeth and her family, and in her words, this was through the work of God. The old house, made of corrugated iron sheets, stood in stark contrast right next to the new house. Pastor William’s prayer was followed by a few short words from Daniel Stevens and Zingisa Mapasa, and ended with words of thanks from Elizabeth herself. She was overcome with emotion as she expressed how thankful she was. After the formalities of the speeches, the ribbon was cut, and the keys were officially handed over.
The last stop we made was at Siyanqoba Care Centre for the disabled. Here, the funds raised by the Class of 2018 are going towards a sick bay and storage room for the school. This facility is still under construction; however, we have no doubt that the volunteers and children will love the end result.
Overall, it was a really amazing experience, and seeing the results of our hard work through-out the year was an indescribable feeling. We are grateful to the IIG for having exposed us to this charity initiatives, and we will certainly continue this work within our own communities. As the Bible says, it is more blessed to give, than to receive.
Article by: Nontuthuko Mhlungu – IIG Class of 2018 member