Empowering Elders and Ensuring Dignity in Rural Eastern Cape 

In 2018 and 2019, I had the privilege of immersing myself in the deep rural landscapes of the Eastern Cape, particularly in a place named Maluti. During my stay, I engaged with numerous resilient grannies, working on various programmes and projects with them.

From growing little chicks to full chickens, prayer and a sense of community was being propelled – Little did I know that a harrowing incident would unfold, prompting me to launch a programme that would address a fundamental need among these elderly Gogos.

Upon my return to Eastern Cape Maluti six months later, I discovered that one of the grannies, an 84-year-old woman, had fallen victim to a horrific crime—she had been raped by a 27-year-old assailant. This heart-breaking revelation shed light on a pervasive issue in the region: the absence of indoor toilets for elderly residents. The incident became the catalyst for the inception of a transformative initiative – The MaSokhulu Indoor Programme.

In the course of my visits, I observed that many grannies in these areas lacked indoor toilets, forcing them to venture outside even during the late hours of the night. The incident involving the 84-year-old granny, who was attacked while trying to close the door after coming from the outdoor toilet, underscored the urgent need for a comprehensive solution to this problem.

Motivated by a desire to make a tangible difference, the Given Group Foundation embarked on its first mission to construct toilets for grannies aged 80 and above, living in deep rural areas. Our initial focus is on Maluti in the Eastern Cape, where we are implementing a 100-indoor toilets.

The MaSokhulu Indoor Programme
Named in memory of the granny who endured a tragic incident (MaSokhulu), the MaSokhulu Indoor Programme aims to provide dignified and secure sanitation facilities for elderly individuals in rural communities. Each toilet unit, costing approximately ZAR20,000

 is equipped with essential amenities, including a toilet seat, sink, taps, a water pump and a Jojo tank. 

Beyond providing vital sanitation infrastructure, the programme has also created employment opportunities. Currently, five families in the Eastern Cape are benefiting from job opportunities, with four diggers and one project head actively involved in the construction of these essential facilities. 

Call for Partnership: 

As we press forward with the MaSokhulu Indoor Programme, we invite individuals, organisations, and businesses to join us in our mission. A contribution of ZAR20,000 builds one complete toilet, while ZAR100,000 funds the construction of five toilets. Together, we can enhance the health, hygiene, safety, and overall well-being of our elderly population, ensuring they no longer endure the vulnerability of venturing outside late at night.

The MaSokhulu Indoor Programme represents more than just infrastructure development; it signifies a commitment to restoring dignity, providing safety, and creating opportunities for those who have spent a lifetime contributing to their communities. 

Join us on this transformative journey as we work towards a future where every elderly individual can enjoy the basic human right of safe and dignified sanitation. 

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