Rose Ntsethe and Lebamang Niniya with their grade one teacher at a recent Golden Steps School function.
Despite her disabilities, seven-year-old Rose Ntsethe tackles each day in her life with an infectious smile and playing her big heart out with friends at school.
Little Rose, who suffers from cerebral palsy, a condition that affects the muscle coordination, was born with two hands (one deformed) and malformed legs.
Kerene Naidoo, her grade one teacher, described Rose as a bright child with an inquiring mind, who would better reach her potential with a prosthetic hand and legs.
“I first met Rose last year in November and my classroom has never been brighter since then. Rose speaks her mind and isn’t afraid to openly show how she feels or what emotions she is going through. She is such a pleasant and bright child that would do well in a mainstream school, the need of a prosthetic hand and legs are the only missing pieces to the puzzle,” Naidoo said.
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It was during a lesson in her class that she asked the grade one pupils to flip through a magazine, cut out pictures and make a collage.
“While flipping through the magazine, a white with a touch of green, yellow and blue floral wedge heel caught Rose’s eyes. The infatuation in her eyes for that shoe made me imagine the joy she would feel if she could be able to wear the shoe on a pair of legs,” she added.
Adding to what Naidoo said, Anesh Singh, principal of Golden Steps School in Verulam revealed how he had made a promise to himself to buy Rose the shoe that had stolen her heart.
“My heart was touched when I witnessed Rose stare at those pair of shoes, which motivated me to make sure she gets a prosthetic hand and legs. I long for the day that she takes her first steps on her legs and excel academically in a mainstream school, where she should be,” Singh lovingly said.
They are appealing to members of the community to help them get Rose walking by gifting her with a prosthetic hand and legs.
“It would be a dream come true not only for Rose but the Golden Steps School as we want to witness her taking her place in the world,” added Singh. To help materialise Rose’s dream, contact Golden Steps School on 031 824-9706 or 084-444-6821.