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Please Bring My Brother Home

Cause page created in the New Zealanders category by Kait Konings for "My Brother"


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Help me bring my long lost brother home to NZ.

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The picture above was taken over 12 years ago when he was here in NZ. Needless to say neither of us look the same, but poor John has done it hard. There is a more recent photo in the gallery.

My brother is homeless, jobless and struggling, trapped in South Africa as he has nothing. I hadn't heard from him for several years and I kept scanning the obituaries and missing persons columns in South Africa to no avail which was a relief but still leaving me without an answer.

He contacted me last night on someone else's phone, just out of the blue! We cried and I told him off about going AWOL and he told me how hard it had been living in a tent in the freezing cold on the side of a mountain. There is no social welfare system in South Africa. No job, you starve.

He told me he had dreamed of our Mum, she was hugging him and weeping. Our Mum has Dementia. I looked after her for a year and now she needs more physical care so is in a government funded home. She hates it, she cries all the time, wants to die and has depression and anxiety.

I don't know what to do as I am physically incapacitated from failed surgeries and live on a percentage of what I used to earn. I want to bring some joy into my poor mum's life and rescue my long lost brother by bringing him home. But I have nothing.

So I am asking for some help to get him back home here in NZ and make an old lady very happy. Not to mention how happy I will be to have my brother back in my life.

Kait Konings' involvement (page creator)

My brother has been living very rough as a homeless person, trapped in South Africa. Our 87 year old Mother has Dementia and I just want her to see her son again, it's been over 10 years since she saw him.

Use of funds

To get him a passport, he has nothing. Some clothes to travel in. A place to stay for a night before traveling so he can shower, shave and sleep in a bed! And his ticket plus any fees, taxes.


Latest update

Hopeful and Helpful  20 September 2019

I've chatted with John a few times now and will continue to do so until he's home here, talking face to face! If it wasn't for my absolutely amazing Earth Angels this wouldn't be happening. My brother and I, and my family, have been so grateful for all the prayers, positive words and well wishes. Besides the financial gratitude there is a part of my heart that has been refreshed, filled and given hope. That's only because of the generosity shown by family, friends and strangers, thank you, thank you, thank you!

John has been keeping busy at the Thomas House of Hope, fixing windows and helping where he can. It's wonderful, when chatting with him, to see how the tension is leaving his face and his body. He is relaxing and starting to realize we love him and want him home - his home and that he's part of our family.

My brother will come home!♥️

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Latest donations

  • Tania

    Tania 1 day ago

    $50

    With love and hugs. I miss you my friend and I am sooo happy that you have at last 'found' John. Happy re-union!!!

    $50

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor 1 day ago

    $25

    $25

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor 5 days ago

    $25

    Every little bit helps no matter how small the amount Bring this family together, they are very special people.

    $25

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor 5 days ago

    $40

    ... and a big hug!

    $40

  • Daina

    Daina 6 days ago

    $50

    I hope your brother gets home quickly. Love you Kait

    $50


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