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By Calsile Masilela - THE SWAZI OBSERVER-25-Aug-2009

MEMBERS of the University of Swaziland Charity Organisation (UNICO) donated a food hamper worth over E700 and clothing to a destitute elderly, who is taking care of two grandchildren, aged nine and 11, of Nhlambeni area in the Manzini region

Both children are not attending school as their grandmother cannot afford to pay school fees. The family also lacks a proper house to live in.UNICO President Martin Nxumalo said members of the charity organisation felt the need to help the less privileged in the communities. He said they were notified about the plight of an elderly woman identified as Gogo Sihlongonyane by one community member.

Nxumalo said the students were keen on helping poverty stricken elderly, orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and street children with their needs. Sihlongonyane thanked the students for helping her, saying she would now be able to give something to the children. She encouraged them to continue helping others.

On another note Nxumalo said UNICO would celebrate 10 years of existence. He said currently the members were on a fundraising drive for the costs of the celebration. He invited all members of the organisation and aspiring members to attend a meeting on Saturday at the Commerce Theatre, Kwaluseni Campus starting at 2.00 pm. the 22nd August, 2009 UNICO embarked on her first project; which was a donation to a poor Shlongonyane family at Nhlambeni, Manzini. This family is a grandmother headed family and she takes care of her two (2) grandchildren, Tenele and Simo.

Those present in this project were the Honorable Member of Parliament of Nhlambeni Frans Dlamini, Dlaimini, local resident of Nhlambeni and the UNICO membership of course. The donation was a grocery hamper worth E800.00 and clothing.


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