Army recruits build house for the needy
When Oponi Romani lost her firstborn son in a tragedy, she was hopeful that her second-born, Tawana Manye, would help the family when he was recruited by the BDF. Little did she know that her dreams would not come true.
Manye died of a short illness in February 2014 during BDF training at Pandamatenga base. His mother Romani was left hopeless having lost a breadwinner. Manye’s fellow trainees came to Romani’s rescue and built her a house. It was officially handed over at the weekend in Nlapkhane village.
Speaking at the ceremony Commandant Force Training Establishment Brigadier Boikanyo Addanes said when they came to attend Manye’s funeral recruits were touched by the situation of Romani’s home.
“When we went back to training base this intake came up with an idea of contributing money to help Romani. The idea was embraced by the BDF Commander and we raised more than P75 000.00. Intake 66 has shown their spirit of patriotism and compassion. With their contributions we built a two-and-a-half house, furniture and connected water.” Said Addanes.
Guest of honour North East Region Kgosi Thabo Maruje III said the occasion shows an invaluable aspect of humanity and generosity by BDF. He said the gesture is in line with the vision 2016 pillar of a compassionate just and caring nation.
“BDF with its different units has done this country proud by taking part in numerous outreach projects. These young men have done a commendable job. I therefore call upon other organization and business community to also join in and continue to change other people’s lives.” Said Maruje
For her part Romani who was battling with tears of joy thanked BDF recruits for providing her with shelter and water. 64 year old single parent said it was very difficult to live without this needs. She said her first born son committed suicide and she was banking her hopes on Tawana whom she also lost.