Moms grow to help

2017-08-22 06:01
Children who participate in Mothers Unite programmes celebrate the non-profit organisation’s 10th anniversary.

Children who participate in Mothers Unite programmes celebrate the non-profit organisation’s 10th anniversary.

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Mothers Unite, a non-profit organisation in Seawinds, celebrated its 10th anniversary last week.

The organisation has grown in leaps and bounds over the years.

Founder Carol Jacobs says it has been an amazing journey and she is happy she embarked on it.

It all started in 2007 when a group of children outside her house caught her eye.

“One of them had a slice of bread. The other kids were asking for a piece. I watched and went back into my house,” she says.

What she saw played over and over in her mind.

“I knew that something was wrong in the community. If that child gives a piece to each of the boys, what was he going to eat? Everything was just so wrong about what I had seen and I knew I had to do something. My inner voice said I should start a soup kitchen to feed these children. However, a lot of excuses bombarded my head. I had every excuse in the world why my soup kitchen would not work. Besides, I told myself I would find a job and I would be able to feed my children,” she says.

Jacobs had a change of heart when two mothers came to her and said they had it in mind to start a soup kitchen.

“I just knew then that was what I was supposed to do. We joined forces with these mothers and that was the start of Mothers Unite. It all started with three mothers, a two-plate burner stove and one pot,” she says.

She started the soup kitchen from her house and it has been growing since then. They had to move the soup kitchen as her house became too small for everyone to fit in.

“We would make soup to feed the children and the next day they would come with a friend. It has been an amazing journey and I’m happy that I started it. This has been my purpose in life and it really makes me happy to see these children fed. Our goal is to meet the needs of children in a holistic manner through interventions and programmes guided by mothers within the community,” says Jacobs.

With 22 containers at the moment, they run the soup kitchen, a library, after-school care programmes, computer lessons and different art activities, among other things.

“We are a happy family and we are still growing. We have a lot of mothers from the community who come to help us. However, with a lot of development and the growth of the organisation we also now have fathers from the community who are helping us,” says Jacobs.

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