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Luzuko Foundation aiming to restore the glory of their community

Witpoortjie-based NPO currently running feeding scheme at nearby primary school

With every new day presents the opportunity to experience the joy of raising others up.

Founded as a humanitarian duty at the onset of the global health panic, Luzuko Foundation non-profit organisation is aiming to bring the glory out in their community. Founded by Elizabeth Gumede, the self-funded group is now formally registered as of late February this year and the team is working hard to fill the holes left by a broken society.

Nombulelo and Elizabeth Gumede. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.

In a world where resources are scarce and helping hands are more so, the inspiration for Luzuko is selfless.

“The joy that comes with helping someone before they even ask you to help them; the fear of having to sleep not knowing we’ve done our duty as humans. It’s not always food, money, clothes that we help with, we also share words of encouragement from the Bible and remind people of our Saviour and draw them closer to the Lord,” said Elizabeth.

Currently, Luzuko Foundation has two active projects – a feeding scheme at Roodebeeck Primary and the refurbishment of a children’s haven in Princess. The Luzuko team prepare the meals for the disadvantaged learners out of their own time and finances, as well as the repainting, restocking and the reanimation of the children’s refuge. Luzuko also wishes to collaborate with churches in the area to help give direct assistance where needed, and welcome any donations of food and clothing from the public.

Thebe Dube of Luzuko Foundation. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.

“We are appealing to everyone who is in a position to help to please come forth and help. We will definitely appreciate any help we can be offered. There are no limitations. The aim is to empower all and not have anyone with nothing to do. Hopefully this heads in the direction of crime preventing and economic growth, as well as an educated community that is empowered and self-sustainable,” said Elizabeth.

Physical items are preferred over cash donations, and their immediate wish list includes blankets, sleeping sponges, non-perishable food items, clothing that is in good condition, and educational toys. Elizabeth summed up her mission, saying “To change a tearful motion into a cheerful nation; try and feed, educate, upskill and empower as many as we can for the betterment of our community which will grow into the nation we see cheerful.”

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