Roughly 20 families make a weekly income through our clothing scheme. People donate clothes that they no longer want or need, and HACT sorts those clothes into 40 bags each week. The families collect a bag of clothes and they then sell those clothes either at the centre (to its own staff and each other) or in their community. Each bag of clothes can bring in between R300 and R500 for a family. The first bag is provided free of charge, and all subsequent bags are purchased for R10 - encouraging ‘buy in’ from the families and working against a hand-out mentality.
Elevated homocysteine levels (hyperhomocysteinemia) is a sign that the body
isn't producing enough of the amino acid homocysteine. The condition may be genetic
(inherited) called homocystinuria. Homocystinuria is a somewhat rare genetic
(inherited) condition that includes symptoms like developmental delays, osteoporosis, blood clots,
heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and visual abnormalities died at an early age.
There are other causes of the condition like alcoholism.
Supplementing the diet with folic acid and possibly vitamins B6 and B12 supplements can lower homocysteine levels. Currently there is no direct proof that taking folic acid and B vitamins to lower homocysteine levels prevent heart attacks and strokes. Talk to your doctor if you feel you need to have your homocysteine blood levels checked.