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Please Help Us Build a Home for our friend Roger!
$2,350 raised
118% of $2k goal
32 contributors
4 Years running
Roger is one of the many talented staff members here at “Where Rainbows Meet”, the non-profit organization where I and many other international volunteers work. Roger is a member of the extraordinarily effectual kitchen team for our “Sisonke Feeding ...
Roger is one of the many talented staff members here at “Where Rainbows Meet”, the non-profit organization where I and many other international volunteers work. He is a member of the extraordinarily effectual kitchen team for the “Sisonke Feeding Scheme,” which provides up to 1000 free meals per week, and is also a member of the Vyrgrond township community where we operate. He is one of those extraordinary people who truly exude happiness and unity, and veritably a child at heart. Not only that -- and most importantly - he is our friend. He keeps the positive energy on site of the organization high with his upbeat affectation; He greets us with Afrikaan salutations and we laugh as we share small lingual differences between our native tongues; He works diligently to accommodate the needs of the community and the volunteers from 9 in the morning until 5 in the evening; and he keeps us energized throughout the day as he sings and dances with us in the kitchen where he works. So, needless to say, we were shocked to find that he has had an extraordinary and unfortunate life history; one of drug addiction, sexual assault, abuse, and now, more recently, one of dire homelessness and helplessness.

Roger grew up on the Eastern Cape, South Africa with his parents and three siblings, but quickly became a street child once he moved to the Western Cape in Cape Town. With no food at home and internal family conflict, he felt at age 7 to flee the care of his own mother and father.
Roger didn’t see his family again for years and has lived on the streets on and off for the last 20. In the street, he was sexually abused, has been coerced by older men to whom he naively gave his fidelity and boyhood into stealing and invading homes, and lived in and out of shelters. He has stories of drug and alcohol abuse, crime and theft, of victimhood from sexual abuse, and a life style that failed to measure the standard of dignity that he had set up for himself. Although Roger didn’t participate in the lifestyle many other street children may find themselves accustomed in South Africa, he was still encircled by an environment that found boys at 13 years of age who were already knife and gun wielding drug lords. These are just a few of the many challenges poor South Africans face even though the country itself grows and develops at an unprecedented rate. Through it all, Roger has kept his hope for the future and his happiness, and only that mature and affable disposition did we have the most fortunate chance to witness, firsthand, in Roger.

Now, at 28 years of age, Roger has fallen into a helpless situation. He’s been evicted from his mother’s home and losing weight rapidly due to stress. We’ve never seen Roger with such a depressive constitution and it weighs heavy on our hearts, daily. We want to raise money to build him a bungalow, which costs only $2,000! Please help us achieve our goal to give a small and sustainable home to a person who was born into a deplorable situation over which he had no control, a South African township resident, and our friend!
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