The single mum who appealed for help after recently giving birth to triplets has received help from a Good Samaritan.
Voice reader Mavis Koogotsitse was so moved by the story in her favourite newspaper, that she drove up from Gaborone to donate clothing and presents valued at over P1500.
Mavis who is the Southern Africa Trade Union Coordinating Council (SATUCC) gender coordinator, said: “I know what it is like to be a single mother, because I am also one. After reading about Constance Mlandu’s appeal and touching story, especially as she has no source income, I just had to help.”
The mother of one also offered to take care of Constance’s rental fees of P500 per month until further notice. On top of that, she promised to deposit P150 every month into the little toddlers’ accounts until the age of five.
Mavis said she was intending to lobby for additional support so that more money could be raised for the mother of the triplets. She added: “With the money Constance could probably start a small business which would assist her in raising the three toddlers, and not make her dependant on hand outs.”
She said it was her wish that the triplets should be raised as one family. “I think it would be distressing for Constance to have any of the kids adopted, because she was given the trio as a single package, so they should stay together.”
Mavis whose duties at SATUCC involve coordinating issues on women and employment in SADC, revealed that the P150 per month that is to go into the children’s account was a contribution from her daughter, who offered to cut part of her school allowance to assist.
When receiving the donations, a grateful Constance could not hold back her tears. She thanked Koogotsitse and her daughter for their generous donation and said God would bless them for having a heart for her and her unexpected little bundles of joy.
Apart from the donations, Mavis has promised to continue to visit Constance and her children to check on their progress.