Centre hands out soup, bread

2017-06-28 06:02
The Kopanelo Care Centre hands out soup and bread to street children on 16 June, celebrated as Youth Day.

The Kopanelo Care Centre hands out soup and bread to street children on 16 June, celebrated as Youth Day.

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While most people were partying and celebrating Youth Day on Friday, 16 June, the members of the Kopanelo Care Centre and soup kitchen spent the day handing out bread and soup to some of the most vulnerable people in Kimberley.

Led by Rev. Dennis Thole, the team of the soup kitchen and volunteers of the Evangelising United Church in Phutanang targeted various hotspots to interact with the needy.

According to him, they took it upon themselves to cook an extra pot of soup and served it at the taxi rank where he usually sees a lot of street children, as well as at the street corners where he usually sees men standing around.

“We have the tendency of forgetting people like those who go to bed with an empty stomach while we celebrate.

“Those children who go through a different kind of struggle on a daily basis, are ours.

“It is already sad that we do not dedicate time to hear them out as to what led them to run away from their homes,” Thole said.

He said his wish is to incorporate a special programme to the already existing centre to serve these people a meal on Fridays.

“Due to the already limited donations and resources we have, we can only go this far.

“This was only an effort of extending a hand and going an extra mile in assuring them that we do care about them.”

He thanked Woolworths and the Ward 17 councillor, Ishmael Pitoro, for food donations.

On the day, two girls approached Thole, requesting him to help them to obtain ID documents.

According to him, the girls, aged 16 and 17 from Donkerhoek and Roodepan, are among the many street children who sleep in the parking lot of a certain store and on subways.

They said they had run away from their homes due to poor living conditions.

“I have had sleepless nights ever since as I feel obliged to intervene and speak to the relevant people to get to the core of these young girls’ lives to where the real challenges are,” he said.

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