Help A Sister Out: Maternity bag drive for those without

After giving start 4 months in the past, a Limpopo mother has determined to succeed in out to fellow moms who’re struggling to supply fundamentals for their new child infants. By Montsho Matlala.

She has since launched a maternity bag drive ‘Helping a Sister Out’ to help these younger girls and their infants. By Montsho Matlala

Tshepiso Molemela was one in every of many ladies within the maternity ward on the Mokopane Hospital within the Mahwelereng township in May. Her time there was an eye-opener for the 36-year-old who got here to grips with the tough realities of poverty in her group.

Molemela realised that after a few of her fellow ward mates had been discharged from hospital, they’d actually wrestle.

“There were two ladies who did not have nappies or clothes for their infants,” she advised Health-e News. “Most of them are young, from struggling families, and in most cases, the fathers of their babies had either run away or were unemployed.”

Upon arrival at dwelling carrying her new bundle of pleasure, she determined to assist to moms who don’t have anything for themselves and their infants apart from a single nappy, one pad and a small blanket to wrap across the child, as offered by the hospital.


Some of the necessities collected as a part of the ‘Helping a Sister Out’ drive. (Photo: Supplied)










“I mentioned the difficulty with my husband and thankfully he thought it’s a good suggestion. And that’s how the ‘Helping a Sister Out’ drive was launched, providing deserving moms and infants the assistance they want.

“At the moment the pack we give to a mother includes a new bag, surgical spirits, baby petroleum jelly, a small baby blanket and sanitary towels for the mother. If we can get more donations, we should be able to reach more mothers throughout Limpopo and beyond,” mentioned Molemela who runs a small cooking and catering business together with her husband.

She is overwhelmed by the variety of girls within the province who’re in want, and regrets not ‘being able to assist everyone’ attributable to not having a lot of their very own.

Molemela makes use of her Facebook web page to request donations for her maternity bag drive, and she or he and her husband additionally contribute to the trigger.

Grateful For The Help

20 year previous Mathabo Masale*, one of many recipients, is immensely grateful for the help. She dropped out of Grade 12 when falling pregnant, and is now unemployed. “With no money to buy things for my baby I got this package from Helping a Sister Out and I am very thankful”, she advised Health-e News. She was additionally suggested by Molemela to use for little one help.

Mathabo and her child’s father are a part of the 49.9 % of unemployed folks within the province. This determine was launched by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) in the direction of the top of August this year. About 3.1 million folks within the province had been recorded as dwelling under the poverty line in 2019, in accordance with Limpopo Economic Outlook and Review 2021/22.

Molomela understands that almost all girls who’re in want of mom and child pack donations lack money for transport.  “I go to their homes to deliver the parcels. But I don’t just drop off the parcel and leave, I talk to them to try to understand their situation then motivate them accordingly,” she mentioned.

Hospital child and mom care

The Limpopo Department of Health has not responded to Health-e News request to clarify what stage of help is offered to moms who can not afford sanitary care for themselves and provides for their infants after giving start.

A nurse at Mankweng Hospital exterior Polokwane mentioned it is determined by the state of affairs of the person.  “As a rule, women giving birth in hospitals get pads, nappies etc, while still under care. But some who can afford it prefer to use their own”, she mentioned, including that ‘baby blankets, sanitary towels and other items may be available provided donors have contributed’. –Health-e News


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