Church in the forefront of poverty alleviation gives to poor

2015-12-10 06:00
 Some of the beneficiaries who attended the Meals on Wheels Community Service.

Some of the beneficiaries who attended the Meals on Wheels Community Service.

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The Langa Meals on Wheels Community Service or Mowcs held a thanksgiving dinner last Sunday for over 500 poor and elderly community members at its centre in Jungle Walk Street, Langa.

The centre was alive on the day, what with people dancing to gospel tunes. This was the culmination and celebration of a successful year where the organisation cooked and distributed over 5633 warm meals per month to the community for free.

Every Thursday community members visited the Mowcs Centre to collect their meals that are cooked by volunteers from the Langa Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The volunteers also distributed meals and food parcels to the homes of 253 sick and elderly people who cannot make it to the centre every Thursday.

Speaking on the side-lines of the event Mr Hadebe expressed his gratitude saying, “I thank God for the church.

These people care for the community. Poverty is one of the biggest problems in this community. But the church is actively alleviating poverty rather than just preaching only. We want to say thank you to MOWCS and the organisers of this wonderful event. God bless you”.

According to Mrs Nomonde Kulati who is the manager of the project, Langa MOWCS “is a humanitarian initiative that is implemented by our church, that strives to bring relief to the country’s less fortunate and aged, irrespective of colour, class or culture. As far as possible, help is granted wherever it is needed”.

Her co-worker, Stotie Tembe added that MOWCS “serves the basic needs of the poorest of the poor, the vulnerable, the disabled and the elderly in society.

The poorest of the poor refer to persons with little or no income such as old age pension, disability pension, and child care grants etc. The vulnerable include women with children, child headed households and orphans”.

In 2016, MOWCS plans to continue to provide the service to many more people. They invite anyone who can provide support to do so by contacting Pastor Lefume at 0714372353.

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