Sue and Mabel make a formidable team

Private Property South Africa
Cathy Nolan

Sue Petzer of Pam Golding has supported Mabel’s Haven in Kwa Makhuta, Amanzimtoti, for the past seven years. She became involved through her church, which Mabel also attends. Mabel’s Haven is open to children and anybody in the community who needs a safe place. No one is ever turned away – whether they need, food shelter or assistance, Mabel, aided by Sue, will help.

Sue’s first project was to improve Mabel’s home in order to provide a covered space and a safe place for children to play and do their homework. Her most recent project was to make Mabel’s Haven more self-sufficient. To this end, she procured a large quantity of fabric from Toyota and secured an industrial sewing machine and an over-locker from a church group, and now the community’s women make items like Bible covers and ottomans, which are sold to generate income.

Providing food is one of the biggest problems and a lot of Sue’s time is spent ensuring that the haven has sufficient bread, mealie meal and basic supplies for the children and members of the community that Mabel supports. Sue also lobbies local businesses for assistance, and approaches members of the local community who are moving home or doing a general clearing out to donate articles, which she delivers to Mabel for distribution. Sue also facilitates the donation of wheelchairs for the community’s disabled and handicapped members.

Sue’s schedule of ongoing assistance and involvement includes:

  • School fees and clothes

  • Food parcels

  • An Easter party

  • A Youth Day party or outing

  • A Christmas party

  • An extra outing during the year

  • Special projects for particular needs

  • Special events like Mandela Day

Mabel and Sue’s main objectives are to:

  • Care for orphaned children of all ages

  • Take care of all sick people

  • Care for the elderly who need nursing or assistance

  • Increase awareness within the church about the needs of the poor

  • Increase awareness within the local community of child abuse, TB, HIV/Aids and so forth


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