Vukona community project is an Initiative by Xikhongelo Nkuna and Tiyiselani Nkuna, the two Limpopo born siblings are both 16 and 14 years of age respectively. The Vukona projects assist poverty stricken teenagers with free sanitary pads, shoe polish and giving back to communities by assisting with medical needs where possible. The project which was started few years ago has seen the two sisters travelling to Brazil and United States of American in fund raising exercise through Modelling. Last year they represented the Country in Brazil and later this year they will travel to Europe to be part of a contest there in trying to raise funds for their project.


“We have done some works in rural Hospitals and assist patients who are struggling to access major operations to be transferred to academic hospitals where they get assistance”, says Xikhongelo Nkuna.


“It is my honour to be able to work for people, as it has been in the last three years, to reflect on and recommit ourselves to the enormous responsibilities we have to our citizens, to our city and to one another. It is truly an honour to serve the poor and the needy”, she adds.


“My challenge is to now assist Lesley from Magomani Village outside Malamulele who has hydrocephalus disease which needs serious medical help and she is currently not getting any assistance from specialists at Malamulele.”


We continue our efforts to assist but we don’t have enough resources, we need business people and good Samaritans to assist Lesley to be transferred to Bara Hospital where she will get the best medical help.”


The disease which Lesley is suffering from is one of the rare diseases and government hospitals in rural towns do not have specialists that can perform operations of that magnitude.  The disease hydrocephalus is a condition in which excess cerebral fluid builds up in the head and causes immense pressure and pain. Sometimes it’s referred to as water on the brain. It’s been described like a plumbing problem: the fluid the brain produces cannot be absorbed normally and begins pooling in the child’s head. If left untreated, it can cause permanent brain damage, even kill.


Five-month-old  Lesley can only get the fluids drained regularly at Malamulele hospitals whilst there are Academic hospitals in the country that can resolve this problem. Lesley’s  Mother Manana Hlungwani is a poor rural woman who has no job and married to a man who does piece jobs and cannot afford regular trips to Malamulele to treat the child.


Hydrocephalus can be congenital. For instance, children who are born with spina bifida, a defect in which the spinal cord does not fully form at birth, are prone to fluid build-up in their brains. In the United States, one out of every 500 births results in hydrocephalus and is the No. 1 reason for brain surgery in children, according to the National Hydrocephalus Association. Other times, hydrocephalus develops from viral infections, sepsis and meningitis. Which is the case in most South African burden of diseases. There are an estimated 400,000 cases of hydrocephalus in the world every year; more than 300,000 of them are in developing nations, and 90% will be fatal without surgery (the danger facing Lesley).


“Any Business man or good Samaritan that can assist with funding for Lesley to have a surgery can call Vukona Community projects 083 759 7661.” Concluded Xikhongelo Nkuna.




By Ntsako Shivambu


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