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Mlungisi's new start

Sing dance and play"My brother and I often slept without food. My sister who was a domestic worker would buy 10kg m/meal and 5 litre Amaas, that was all for the whole month. She didn’t have money because she was paid very little. She didn’t even have money to buy clothes for herself. She used to buy second hand clothes for us on pension days. We had no soap to wash our clothes. We would wait for others to finish their washing and look for small pieces of soap that were left and then we would use that, which was not enough for our washing but so long the water turned white. Sometimes we used to put dry mealies on fire until it turns black then we would take that and put it in a mug with hot water to make tea. When water turned black then we used to drink it as our tea. It was hard and we had no documents because our mother was working in Swaziland, she left her parents when she was very young. She came back with us when she was very sick and eventually she died. We were not schooling because Swaziland was very expensive. The EPWP (mentor) visited us and asked all the questions. We couldn’t believe when we saw Starfish coming back with food and school uniform. Starfish careworkers organised Mpontshini School for us. I was 12 and my brother was 10 when we started school. They fenced our garden and gave us seedlings. We have food at school on weekends. We didn’t even know our shoe sizes but Zisize gave us right school shoes. Zisize nurse visited us and told us to keep our house clean. We are doing well at school. We hope we would finish and help our sister. We are both in a boy’s club where we sing, talk, play and dance. We like it very much. Zisize helps a lot”

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