Somali traders donate foodstuff

2015-07-23 06:01
Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe, of Ward 40 (second left), Nuuse Muude, one of the leaders of Somalia Community (in the middle and wearing a hat), and other member of the organisation, members of Gyia and some of the children who attend the school holida

Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe, of Ward 40 (second left), Nuuse Muude, one of the leaders of Somalia Community (in the middle and wearing a hat), and other member of the organisation, members of Gyia and some of the children who attend the school holida

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An organisation of Somalian business owners has extended its hand of friendship by donating groceries to children who are part of school holiday programme in Gugulethu.

The handover of the grocery took place not far from the Luyolo Community Hall.

The Somalia Community Western Cape donated the groceries to children who participate in the school holiday programmes organised by Gugulethu Youth in Action (Guyia).

Lungelwa Maseko, of Guyia, thanked the Somalia Community for their contribution and said it made a good impact on the lives of the children.

“We are very grateful and happy with this support. We can now be able to provide nutrition to the young ones as they are already used to getting such at their respective schools.

Now that schools are closed, children can come to the centre to have fun in a safe and secure environment knowing that they will receive a warm plate of food at the end of the day.

Thanks to the Somali business community for this cooperation. We are happy that they responded to our request,” Maseko said.

The children participate in different activities in the school holidays programmes such as sport and arts.

Maseko said other programmes rendered by the centre also include after school care, assisting children with their homework, maths and literacy and other youth developing activities.

Guyia started the programmes in February.

Awale Salaad, a member of the Somalia Community Western Cape, said they did not hesitate to donate because they also want to contribute to the development of the community they trade in.

“We live together in the community and we see the need of sharing with the residents we live with. We are part of this community. We are saying let us integrate as one community,” Salaad said.

He also said they are planning to form part of organisations that are set for the betterment of the community such as joining the Community Patrol Forum.

Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe, of Ward 40, said the Somalia Community has made a number of donations in the area before.

“We are very happy. They have done a number of donations in this area.

They really help us. They are here to uplift the community.

The donation is going to help the children. We have a very good partnership with them. They have also said they want to be part of Neighbourhood Watch to ensure that everyone is safe in the community,” Nqavashe said.

The Somalia Community is an organisation formed by individual business owners

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