11 January 2019
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Abandoned and rejected

Nosipho did not know her parents until her teen years because she was brought up by a relative.

“I was a teenager when I learnt about my mother’s cruel act. She put me into a shoe box when I was three months old and abandoned me outside the gate of my grandmother’s house. My grandmother told me from that day my mother never came back while my father who worked in another town never visited me. The only family I had was the uncle who raised me,” said Nosipho.

Her life however became a living hell after her uncle passed away when Nosipho was 17 years old.

“I moved in with my aunt and her children. My aunt ill-treated me, made me clean the house, cook and wash everyone’s clothes.  She woke me up at 4am to clean the yard while her children were still sleeping. When my relatives bought me clothes, she took them to give to her children,” she said.

Nosipho was in her early 40s and already had two children when she met her mother for the first time.

“My cousin took me to where my mother lived. She was happy to see me and her grandchildren until we moved in with her. She did not want me to eat her food or use her pots to cook. We were also not allowed to use electricity and I made a fire with wood outside to cook and boil water. She would swear at us whenever she was drunk,” said Nosipho.

In 2014, Nosipho was invited to the Universal Church and attended the services for her life to change. She took part in the chains of prayer on Mondays for her finances to improve and on Wednesdays for her spiritual development.

“After two years in the church, I found a permanent job and I was able to take care of my children. As I continued attending services, my faith grew and I was able to forgive my mother for abandoning me and later ill-treating me.

We lived peacefully with my mother until she passed away.  I also forgave my aunt who ill-treated me. I am now living peacefully in the house I inherited from my mother. My children have a place they can call home, something I did not have as a child. Forgiving all who wronged me brought peace and joy in my life,” said Nosipho.

"I was a teenager when I learnt about my mother's cruel act. She put me into a shoe box when I was three months old and abandoned me outside the gate of my grandmother's house. My grandmother told me from that day my mother never came back while my father who worked in another town never visited me. The only family I had was the uncle who raised me," said Nosipho.

Her life however became a living hell after her uncle passed away when Nosipho was 17 years old.

"I moved in with my aunt and her children. My aunt ill-treated me, made me clean the house, cook and wash everyone’s clothes. She woke me up at 4am to clean the yard while her children were still sleeping. When my relatives bought me clothes, she took them to give to her children," she said.

Nosipho was in her early 40s and already had two children when she met her mother for the first time.

"My cousin took me to where my mother lived. She was happy to see me and her grandchildren until we moved in with her. She did not want me to eat her food or use her pots to cook. We were also not allowed to use electricity and I made a fire with wood outside to cook and boil water. She would swear at us whenever she was drunk," said Nosipho.

In 2014, Nosipho was invited to the Universal Church and attended the services for her life to change. She took part in the chains of prayer on Mondays for her finances to improve and on Wednesdays for her spiritual development.

"After two years in the church, I found a permanent job and I was able to take care of my children. As I continued attending services, my faith grew and I was able to forgive my mother for abandoning me and later ill-treating me.

We lived peacefully with my mother until she passed away. I also forgave my aunt who ill-treated me. I am now living peacefully in the house I inherited from my mother. My children have a place they can call home, something I did not have as a child. Forgiving all who wronged me brought peace and joy in my life," said Nosipho.

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