Project volunteers applauded

2017-09-05 06:01
Photo: kalisha naickerThe Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Project volunteers.

Photo: kalisha naickerThe Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Project volunteers.

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YENZANATHI Community Upliftment Project (YCup) is a NPO that was founded by five women in 2007 in Botha’s Hill, the aim of which is to help the poor and vulnerable.

Speaking to the Fever, Lydia Hlophe, volunteer of the organisation said: “YCup was established by community members in response to the problems of poverty and unemployment.

“These problems are complicated by the ravages of HIV-Aids, which left many child-headed households and children in the care of elderly relatives and neighbours who were themselves unemployed and dependent on low social grants.

“The project started as a soup kitchen, using donated ingredients from Shoprite and Food Forward SA, but now it also has its own planting project, food kitchen, and a crèche for orphans.”

She said the kitchen feeds over 200 beneficiaries who get soup and two loaves of bread at least twice a week.

“The beneficiaries are visited quarterly to assess the impact of the meals and to establish whether there are members that may benefit from the meals and support provided by the soup kitchen.

“We also run an Internet café, which is open to everyone.” Hlope said everything in the organisation is run by volunteers, and she wants to show them some appreciation for the hard work they do.

“Since it is still August, Women’s Month, we want to thank our volunteers, so we organised a weekend away for them because these 25 women­ play a big part volunteering at our organisation. I am appealing to businesses and community members to come on board and make this appeal happen,” said Hlope.

Anyone who is willing to assist or sponsor towards the women’s trip, can contact Hlophe on 073 122 2632 or email yenzanathi@yahoo.com

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