Gogo Gracie is an elderly granny with seventeen children of varying ages in her care. Like so many of her peers, she buried daughters and inherited their offspring, sharing the postage stamp sized single room with all of them. They sleep eight to a rickety bed or on the floor. Comfort is missing but food is in even scarcer supply.
When SOHO visited the family, the youngest, a baby of six months was severely malnourished with kwashiorkor. High nutrient formula was developed for the baby and food parcels are regularly supplied to supplement the family’s limited resources. Some of the children have attended the informal pre-school at Mhlosheni . Gogo Grace’s family is among the 350 people who benefit from the food parcel program.