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Care for the Carer – Meet Xolile

I am 26 years old and live in the Gugulethu community. I am passionate about orphans and the underprivileged. I dream that South Africa would one day be a place where hope will be in everyone’s heart.

I work for Izandla Zethemba, an HIV/Aids support programme, and I decided to become a carer because I think it’s what God put in me. My work involves caring for orphans and vulnerable children infected and affected with HIV and AIDS and I mainly work in Tambo, Manenberg and Gugulethu. I have been a carer for 5 years now, and on a monthly basis I care for on average 40 teenagers.

When I visit clients I often feel positive, sad or happy.  Happy to be there, positive with the encouragement one will receive or give, but sad because of some of the situations I see.

The thing I love most about my work is… everything! The teens, the little ones, the families that I come across and the hope that I receive when I pour out my heart.

What I find most challenging about my work is when I’m not being able to fix every problem or situation for the people I face every day.

When I do have time to rest and relax I love to be alone in my wildest dreams and spend time with friends and loved ones.

Please could you pray that I know that my strength comes from the Lord and to be able to stand firm in troubled times.


Why not send Xolile some encouragement? Post a comment for him below! Watch out for the next carer profile coming out soon.

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4 thoughts on “Care for the Carer – Meet Xolile

  1. Dear Xolile – you are the hands and feet of Jesus in your community. Thank you for being willing to respond to this calling! We pray that you remain aware of the presence of the Spirit with you always.

  2. Dear Xolile,

    Your story is inspiring. Your selfless dedication to helping those in need is humbling, and sets an example for us all. You are changing lives in the most tangible way – by showing the Father’s love, and by showing you care. I pray that the Lord will give you the strength to do what you are doing now for many more years to come. Call on Him, and He will give you the strength you need to stand firm.

  3. Nathalie on said:

    Xolile, you truly are such an inspiring guy! Trusting that God knows your wildest dreams – and is holding them with you and in you. Excited about his plan for your life!

  4. Your smile is enough to light up any room! I trust God will continue to use you to bring hope to the hopeless, and that He will bless the work you do.

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