Promise Ndlovu is a 30-year old undocumented Zimbabwean, living in South Africa. Over the past five years, off and on, he has been doing some garden work for me. During this time, I got to know about life in his home country and how he came to rather be an illegal alien living on the streets in South Africa, than be back home. Due to terrible living conditions in Zimbabwe, Promise left for South Africa, hoping to find some kind of work, in order to send some money home to his family, who are practically starving. Research indicated that by the end of 2019, more than 60% of Zimbabweans would not be able to see to their daily food needs. Then, in October 2019, talks of the Coronavirus hit the headlines, and its potential danger to the world population. Hard lockdowns severely limited people's ability to make a living, which resulted in more and more Zimbabweans running the gauntlet of illegally crossing the border into South Africa, in the hope of anything better. Currently, there are about 1.5 million undocumented migrants in South Africa. Unfortunately, none of them qualify for relief aid, which places a major strain on local aid agencies, who are already stretched to their limits trying to assist needy South Africans. Our registered NPO, Help us Grow (HUGs), will focus during the Covid pandemic on helping those undocumented migrants survive this trying time, as well as our Gift-a-Blanket drive,which will provide a warm blanket, clothing and food to poor and destitute South Africans during the coming winter months. We therefore appeal to your generosity in order for us to achieve our goal, as we also await a winter where experts have warned of possible third and fourth waves of the Coronavirus outbreak.
It is with deep concern that I have to announce that I have not heard from Promise for more than two weeks now. I will report back on this platform should I hear from him.