Changing lives one brick at a time

From left, Crawford North Coast teachers Robyn Schultz and Christelle Whittaker, Jaimie Black, Dominique Donner and Claire Black.

At just 12 years old, Jaimie Black has set her mind on raising enough money to build a home for a family in need, making a difference one brick at a time.

The Crawford Preparatory North Coast pupil’s passion for the cause was realised about two months ago while listening to a radio interview with architecture student Wandile Mthiyane, the founder of the nonprofit Ubuntu Design Group (UDG).

His project ‘Buy a Brick, Build a Home’ aims to build a house for the Ngobongo family of six in Tongaat, whose home was destroyed by a storm this year.

Inspired by the man, the pre-teen set out to raise money for the project.

With her school’s support and her mother Claire’s help, Black has in a month raised about R13 100.

Her goal is to reach R100000.

“Our teachers, Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Scholtz, arranged a guest speaker to address us at our school’s Nelson Mandela assembly. I knew what Wandile was going to talk about as my mom and I had listened to his interview on the radio.

“I was so overwhelmed with excitement and inspired to help Wandile achieve his goal of building the family a home.

“Everyone was asked to buy a brick but I thought that was just not enough.”

The Ngobongo family are made up of a grandmother, her daughter, and four grandchildren.

Since their mud house was unable to withstand the summer storm, the aim is to build them a new home that will not collapse and will reflect their culture and creativity.

The young philanthropist volunteers most Saturdays at the North Coast Dolphins Swim Team, teaching underprivileged children from Shaka’s Head how to swim.

She is driven by her school’s motto which is “tutum te rebore reddam” which translates to ‘let us make you safe by our strength’.

For more information or to donate follow Jaimie Black on Facebook.

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Erica Abrahams

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