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‘Live to serve’ is the motto of Princess Gaboilelwe Moroka, who officially launched the Princess Gabo Foundation in 2015. The foundation’s main aim is to help new mothers embrace kangaroo care, which encourages skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby, and breastfeeding. Although they mainly assist new moms, the foundation doesn’t hesitate to make a difference in their community whenever the need arises.
Thus, when the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa was announced, Princess Gabo knew that her foundation had to do something to help the disadvantaged. As the lockdown continues, more and more families are finding themselves fighting to stave off hunger and most families are severely hampered to generate an income to provide for their families.
The Princess Gabo Foundation launched a social media campaign to seek for support in providing food relief packages. Recently, all under the banner of the Each One Feed One campaign, which includes the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Kolisi Foundation, and the Imbumba Foundation,the Old Mutual Foundation, Wyde Van Niekerk, and Kaizer Motaung Jr Foundation they managed to distribute 500 food relief packages on the 8th May 2020 in Thaba’ Nchu, Free State Province.
The Princess Gabo Foundation on its own has contributed 367 of these food relief packages, which included maize meal, samp, flour, washing soap, sugar beans, sugar, baked beans, canned fish, eggs, soup, milk, tea, soap, toothpaste, potatoes, carrots, and candles.
“Many South Africans are blind to the deep levels of poverty and the depths of the struggles in our most vulnerable communities. To say that people were grateful when we delivered the food relief packs is an understatement. Gogos were crying with relief. It is a fact that people had nothing to eat, and some had no electricity,” says Princess Gabo.
“The work we do is out of passion and because others’ suffering speaks to my conscience. We don’t do it because we expect anything in return,” explains Princess Gabo. That is why she is always honoured and humbled when she is recognised and awarded for her passionate work in developing communities. She has won multiple awards, including three international awards. Two of these are, the ‘Warrior – change maker’ Award and the Black History Achievement Award by the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). Both of these awards she received in the United States of America in 2019.
Princess Gabo, who is an executive member of the Barolong Boo Seleka Traditional Council, left her civil servant government position with all its benefits, after she made a vow to live the rest of her life serving and helping others.
“First I had two near-death experiences due to pregnancy complications, where the doctors told me that they couldn’t have saved me, that it was a miracle that I survived. But it was only after my baby daughter was kidnapped that my purpose became clear,” says Princess Gabo. “At that time, I had employed a nanny to look after my daughter, and something about her felt off. I made a plan to get rid of her. When we returned from the shops, a divine intervention happened. We turned into a garage and I saw a police van driving past with a baby inside who looked like mine. We returned home to find the nanny and my baby missing. The nanny’s wardrobe was empty and some of the baby’s clothes were missing. I went on my knees and cried out to God, and then I remembered the police van. When the nanny took my baby, the police intercepted her and because her story didn’t add up, they took my baby to the police station where I found her safe and sound.” This lead her to make a vow to God, that because of the wonders that He has done in her life, that she will live each day serving others.
“We would like to continue distributing food relief packs and also extend this programme to other communities,” says Princess Gabo. “But to do this, we need donations. I would also like to see all South Africans embracing Ubuntu by making a difference where they are. Sometimes it’s as simple as asking your neighbour if they need any help.”
To donate to the Princess Gabo Foundation, please use the below banking details:
Account name: Princess Gabo Foundation
Account number: 62499784439
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
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