Rosinah – a #SecondChances recipient – is paying it forward!
Rosie is already an angel to many in her community. Now she needs our help to assist a lady and her little son in need of a #SecondChance. The lady, who Rosie met in a taxi, found herself homeless, penniless and desperately searching for any work – until Rosie stepped in to help. Thanks to Rosie’s intervention, she will soon come on board as our newest Twice as New entrepreneur!
In the meantime, we would like to help her with her day-to-day costs, including food, toiletries and transport money for her and her little boy.
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.” Barack Obama, ‘Dreams from my Father’
“Whether you are in a taxi, walking to work, driving to the mall, or walking into a restaurant, you can “identify a need during your walk”.
This morning, 28 April 2016, I was in a taxi on my way to work when I saw a lady sitting one seat away from me. It was a bit cold, and she was holding her child. He was wearing shorts and a not-so-nice pair of sandals, with a worn-out polar fleece. It didn’t fit anymore.
I got a bit angry with this woman for dressing the child like that in this kind of weather. Again, I got angry thinking to myself that this woman was getting grant money – what was she doing with it if she couldn’t buy this boy some clothes…? Then I realized – there is only so much you can do with that little grant money, and it was not my place to judge.
I greeted her and asked her where she stayed. She couldn’t say, and looked away.
I then moved closer and asked where she was going with the little child that early. She said she was going to look for a job since they had nothing and the baby’s father had thrown them out of their shack in Diepsloot which they had shared for a long time. She had heard that somewhere in Centurion, they were hiring people to distribute pamphlets at the robots.
It pained me; she didn’t even know where the hiring place was. As long as she was in Centurion, she would look for them, she would see if they were there… Centurion is so big – how do you just see them when you don’t know where they are based…? But you know what, it really happens – you look to the left or the right, you just don’t know what or how to go, or which road to take. That’s what desperation does!
I then asked her, “Can you come over to my place on the weekend? I have some clothes for your son, and for you too.” She looked at me with excitement and wanted to jump and hug me. I was about to get out of the taxi. I quickly took out my little diary, together with my wallet. I wrote my address and cell number, took out the coins I had in the wallet and gave them to her so she would be able to call me. I got out the taxi and I said “OK, keep well. I will see you on Saturday, neh…?” She smiled, wiped away her tears, and nodded her head.
But hey, it’s a nice feeling. I identified a need, in a taxi. What more can we do? How many needs can we identify, you and I, when we walk, when we are in taxis, when we drive past those big dustbins next to the road, when we are sitting in restaurants or any other place? It’s not even about money, or being rich – it should be in you to identify a need.
I know how it feels to be looked down on because you are “needy”. And as for the clothes part … to me it’s a treasure to be able give out clothes. I have been there, I was told I didn’t look the part, I was looked down on because of what I was wearing. Yet, someone out there managed to identify my need. Pam Green found me. I got my #SecondChance. My daily pledge is “to identify a need” where there is one. I may not be able to identify every need; and I may not be able to assist everyone I have identified. But I’m going to try!
So come, let’s go, let’s paint the world GREEN! Let’s help #SecondChances!
Identify a need during your walks… Donate to #SecondChances – without them, I would still be the lady with the child, not the helping hand.”
Rosie M Ramorei (#SecondChances Ambassador)
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