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.