MOTETEMA-The Nadi-Drop-In Centre in Motetema Township outside Groblersdal has embarked on a drive to help the needy amid challenges presented by the country’s lockdown.
The centre, which cares for 120 orphaned and vulnerable young people in the area through providing them access to health care, social services and other government departments and help them with school work, has since April 2020 been providing food and clothes for the needy.
Emily Mpanyane, Project Manager, said they rolled out the food and clothing donation programme for the orphaned and vulnerable after they realized that a lot of them went to bed on an empty stomach as they could no longer drop in at the centre for meals amid the lockdown.
Mpanyane said they delivered the food parcels and clothes at the residences of their beneficiaries at the initial stages of the programme.
“Now that most restrictions have been eased, as compared to the stages of the commencement of the lockdown, the beneficiaries are coming to collect the parcels at the centre. We are donating the food parcels, fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. We have noticed that people were going hungry and had no one to turn to. So we came up with ways to obtain donations from local markets and businesses to help them,” said Mpanyane.
Mpanyane said that their challenge in rolling out the programme was businesses that did not come on board to help them reach as many needy people as possible.
She said there were businesses in the area that contributed positively to the drive but there was still need for more others to join in so that more people could access their help.
“The response from businesses since the start of the programme has been good. However, we still feel that if more others can provide help, we can reach out to more people. The situation out there is heartbreaking. People are hungry, we need businesses to support us help them,” said Mpanyane.
Recipients of the parcels expressed their gratitude to the centre or reaching out to them at the time of need.
Mpanyane concluded that the programme would run until the end of the country’s state of disaster. Anyone who wishes to donate to the course is requested to contact Emily Mpanyane at 082 379 5296.