Donations continue to pour in for Fatima teacher’s charitable cause

DURBAN North athlete and educator, Jessica Khomo, is continuing her goal of helping several underprivileged communities with sporting items and running shoes.

Last year the KZN netball player began a sports and shoe drive to help children in underprivileged areas.

Khomo, who teaches at Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent School, has been working with children from Umgababa down the south coast, the Briardene Informal Settlement and learners at Kingsburgh Primary School.

The 26-year-old also started the non-profit organisation, Mpiloyonke Foundation, an NPO that mentors and educates the youth on the importance of their passion, talents and skills in empowering themselves, families and their communities.

“The learners and staff at the school as well as the North Durban community have been incredible. With the donation of tekkies the foundation has been able to help the Umgababa Athletics Club get up and running. Through the article in the Northglen News I was contacted by a German company who earlier this year donated several pairs of soccer boots and soccer balls to help the Briardene Informal Settlement soccer club.

“I’ve recently received a second donation of soccer boots and balls which I’ll also handover to Bruce Zondi, who coaches and looks after the club at Briardene. In all they’ve donated more than 25 pairs of soccer boots which has been just incredible. I’ve also identified a club down the south coast called the Azurri Football Club who I also hope to help out with their needs,” she said.

Khomo said she felt she was making a difference in the lives of children in the areas.

“There’s still so much to do but I can see the difference in the lives the foundation has impacted. They are enjoying school and training harder which is wonderful to see. I’m really blown away by the heartwarming gestures from all those who have donated for me to enable this change,” she said.

If you would like to help Khomo’s cause, sporting items can be dropped off at the Our Lady of Fatima school reception area or you can find out more on the Mpiloyonke Foundation Facebook page.