Nobuhle Vigie, a young woman from Johannesburg, South Africa, has taken it upon herself to feed, clothe, and send fellow homeless Zimbabweans living in the rough streets of Johannesburg back home. Vigie single-handedly organized and funded a foundation she named the “Nobuhle Vigie Foundation,” where she feeds the homeless every week with help from donors.
During an interview, Vigie, the founder of the Nobuhle Vigie Foundation, says, "Every Sunday and sometimes Wednesday, I go out to give them food to eat. I not only give them food to eat, but I also have conversations with them. Some say that they are tired of street life and they want to go back home to Zimbabwe." Zimbabwean nationals become stranded on South African streets after they arrive in search of work. They often find themselves with no shelter, jobs, or no money to return home to their families.
Vigie explains that for those that tell her they are tired of street life and wish to go back home, she uses both donations she receives on her Facebook page and her own money to provide provisions to help these people.
She says, "On the day they go home, I clean them up and buy them some groceries, so they arrive home with dignity. Then I help them to buy and make sure that I leave when the bus is leaving."
"I still do follow-ups to see if they got home safely and see how they are doing and how I can still help them as most of them will be drug addicts, and going home and starting afresh will be some form of rehab for them," she added.
The Nobuhle Vigie Foundation page has accumulated more than seventeen-thousand likes and nineteen-thousand followers on Facebook. It has provided relief to many of the homeless Zimbabwean people in Johannesburg. Followers are also quite happy about the work Vigie is doing. One follower wrote on the page, "Sister, we pray that you continue doing the good work you are doing. God bless you."
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