‘Aid needed by PMB NPO’ - Pastor Lee

2017-08-09 06:03
PHOTO: SuppliedPastor Liesel Coles (front, right) with volunteers at one of the outreach programmes initiated by her organisation.

PHOTO: SuppliedPastor Liesel Coles (front, right) with volunteers at one of the outreach programmes initiated by her organisation.

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PASTOR Liesel Coles from Rise Up Ministries says aid from the business fraternity would boost the community outreach and development programmes undertaken by her NPO.

Coles, known as Pastor Lee, runs a shelter for abused women equipping them with life skills, mentorship and life coaching.

“I teach them crafts so they can earn an income instead of going back to the abusive relationship,” said Pastor Lee.

Her 18 years in the ministry includes working with homeless children, especially drug addicts, and rehabilitate them.

“I have seen children from the street turn their lives around and make a success of themselves. There are success stories even from the women’s shelter. One of the women from the shelter recently opened a salon.

“Six months ago she was at the shelter and with the mentorship and coaching [she received] she is now on her own,” she said.

However, she said her services would impact a greater number of people if the assistance she requires was available.

“We are currently fund-raising because of our financial crisis,” Coles said.

She said her biggest challenge is finding a place to use as a rehabilitation centre because nothing is locally available.

“I deal with these kids one on one. I sit with them in the gutter because they know me and when they see me they jump in my car and literally beg me to help them.”

Pastor Lee said not having premises is a problem because she cannot provide recovering drug addicts with detoxification medication because their use needs to be monitored.

“To be able to house those who are really desperate, to be able to get them together and offer them programmes that will help them, help them even get back to school, would be a great thing,” Coles said.

Businesses that pledge funds for the care and rehabilitation of the homeless and recovering addicts is a solution the pastor believes can help advance her cause.

“Even if they sponsor only one child, we would send them [business] updates on the progress the child is making and as stakeholders, allow them visitation times.”

For the pastor working with young, drug addicted, homeless and abused people is an investment in the future because she believes in the maxim that children are the future.

“The aim is to give them hope, give them direction, give them a clearer path.”

People interested in assisting the pastor and her organisation can contact her on 065 849 9324.

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