Christmas donation from Nedbank Foundation

On the 14th December 2015, the Nedbank Foundation offered Zimele Community R10, 000 as part of their outreach project and giving back to the community.  The Nedbank Foundation having previously worked with Zimele saw the need to continue helping Zimele Community empower the communities and help to break the barriers of poverty.  The R10 000 was to be allocated as followed:

  • An amount of R3000.00 was allocated to Nolwazi Mnyandu. She was selected through women working with Zimele (Thandanani Orphans and Vulnerable Children) operating in Swayimane area, KwaZulu-Natal. The orphan is 12 years old and a Grade 7 pupil whose parents both passed on a few years ago.   She stays with her older brothers that are not working.  On the 14 Of December 2015 the OVC committee and Zimele team bought Nolwazi a full set of school uniforms, Christmas clothes and groceries. The excitement and shock on Nolwazi’s face when the parcels were delivered were extremely emotional due to Nolwazi not having anything of her own.
  • An amount of R3000.00 was allocated to a little boy called Lucky Mndawen from Winterton, uThukela District.  Women working with Zimele were tasked to identify one orphaned child whom they would buy groceries for as a Christmas present.  It was all smiles and tears of joy from Lucky’s grandmother on the 15th of December 2015 when the Thandanani women brought Lucky Christmas presents from the money given by Nedbank.  The women bought Lucky a full school uniform including a tracksuit bearing in mind that winter will be coming. They also bought him clothes because Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without new clothes.  They bought lots of groceries as well and topped it up with a toy for Lucky.  Lucky was so stunned with his new toy car and for the first time since the women had arrived, the little boy smiled!
  • R4000.00 was transferred to Msunduzi Hospice Christmas party on the 14th of December 2015.

Thank you Nedbank for your generosity and for the difference and joy that you bring to otherwise hopeless situations! Below are the pictures of Lucky’s big day and an early Christmas surprise.


Above: Nolwazi Mnyandu trying on her new clothes she had been given.

Above: groceries being dropped by the Zimele team for Nolwazi.
Buying uniformsTrying on clothes

LuckyGroceries and parcels

Above: Zimele women buying the uniforms for Lucky, Lucky trying on the clothes and Lucky with his groceries and new toy car!

Report by: Toto Bhungane (Field Trainer).

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