Quantity does not matter, giving does

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By Maleshoane Lebelo

The Shea family of six that lives in Khubetsoana received food parcels and baby essentials from the Rotary Club of Maloti.

Thapelo Shea aged 37 and his spouse Marethabile makes their living with paltry earnings they make through gardening work and handwashing laundry in their neighborhood.

The Shea’s have four children Rethabile aged nine, Motlatsi aged seven, and Motselisi who is one month old, and together with Lehlohonolo Rantsoli, who is eight years and the child of Marethabile’s deceased sister.

This past week, the Shea family’s troubles of having to struggle to barely make ends meet were eased with donations from the Rotary Club of Maloti.

President of the Club, Yande Sikazwe at the handover ceremony of the donations in Khubetsoana alongside some members of the club donated baby essentials and groceries to the Shea family and their new baby girl.

Marethabile said she had her firstborn at the age of twenty.

Sikazwe said they visited the family of Shea after seeing the condition of family they later asked one of their nurses to go and examine the baby and also they also went back to their drawing board, sat down as a Rotarians, and mapped a way forward of how best they can help the family.

Among some of the items Rotarians donated are baby essentials for the newborn, school uniforms and school shoes for the boys, clothes for the mother, and groceries for the entire family.

The food parcels, the Rotarians said would come in handy as they would assist the family’s nutrition and also held the mother produce enough milk for her newborn child.

Sikazwe further said they identified that the family needs two types of assistance, short-term and long-term, short-term being the groceries and clothes.

For long-term help, Sikazwe said they have engaged the Ministry of Social Development, Red Cross, and Unicef to see how they can render their assistance to this family as they are experts in that area.

She also said for them in Rotary, April is Maternal and Child health month they know that everyday mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable and preventable causes.

At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.

To reduce this rate of infant and maternal mortality, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improves access to essential medical services, and supports trained health care providers for mothers and children.

Marethabile expressed her happiness at the assistance from Rotarians to her family.

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