We've all seen and experienced the devastating financial, emotional and mental consequences of the current pandemic. There seem to be no end, or deadline; all we know is nothing - we've been left helpless, constantly hit by the waves of the virus and forced to adjust to our government decisions. We suffer, we complain but yet, we are the lucky ones.
Let me take you to Mitchell's Plain, (one of the many) poor communities in South Africa - also called "townships". Mitchell's Plain is situated in the Western Cape, and it's one of the largest townships in SA.
In Cape Town the contrast between rich and poor is something I have never seen before. Ferrari's are riding the streets, while homeless people are digging in the trash to find left overs of food. We can't change the level of poverty but we can start by helping a community in need; or better said: emergency.
Let's start by supporting Mosadiegivesback!
A Bit of Background
Mosadie Gives Back is a grassroots organization whose main goal is to feed the poverty-stricken community in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain. Mosadie Gives Back established a soup kitchen in 2017 to feed this community of Mitchell’s Plain. We serve 40 000 meals a month whereby we provide a nutritional breakfast 5 times a week and hearty late afternoon meal 3 times a week. Mosadie Gives Back also organizes social and fun events for the community such as the Easter Monday, Youth Day and Freedom day to name a few, where they have fed and entertained up to 2000 children.
of Mosadie Gives Back, Shanaaz Allie, has been a resident of Tafelsig
for 25 years where she has witnessed extreme poverty. Seeing starving
children is what keeps her up at night. It reminds her of her own youth,
growing up on the street scared and hungry. The children she feeds are
as young as two years old and come from homes of abuse and neglect.
Now, many people have told me to focus on sustainable ways to help this community, or to support education and / or sport activities - and for as much as I agree: the hunger is real.
You can't do much at empty stomach. Our priority is to feed these people.
No kid should ever, ever be hungry.
We take it for granted but, to us, food is so accessible. When we're hungry, we open the fridge and eat. For some (most) of this children, food is a luxury; something to be measured and cannot be taken for granted. We feed up to 4'000 people a day, and sometimes - this is their first and last meal of the day.
Shanaaz hair salon is the only source of income that can provide for the food that has been served, together with a few collaborations with bakeries and other shops. Now, Shanaaz's salon is going through dark times because of the Covid19 situation - and without her support, nothing can be done.
Few days ago we run out of rice, and could not feed everyone that showed up - so, here I am, asking for your help.
Help to buy rice, vegetables, meat and porridge - to be able to stock up enough for a while. As much as we can :)
Every donation will LITERALLY make the difference.