Giant retailer heaves in to ease the plight of the destitute kids

2016-12-15 06:02
 Father Christmas is being mobbed by children.

Father Christmas is being mobbed by children.

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The Shoprite Group is hosting over 60 Christmas parties at children’s homes, old age homes and care facilities around the country this December, bringing some much needed festive cheer to the lives of around 12,000 people.

Mickey Winifred Linda is the incredibly inspiring woman behind the Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen, a community-based project in Khayelitsha.

The project also encompasses a crèche, food garden and sewing project.

The project feeds around 250 children as well as elderly people whose dependence on medication makes it necessary for them to eat regularly. Known in the community as “Nompilo”, which is loosely translated as “Care Giver”, Mickey is working not only to address the immediate needs around her, but to also put in place more sustainable solutions to address the food security challenges faced by the community.

When the Shoprite Group heard about the project, it immediately sprang into action, donating food buckets, kitchen equipment and chairs to assist the many elderly people being supported by the Soup Kitchen.

The Group has extended its support of Yiza Ekhaya during the course of 2016, working with other local partners to bolster the Soup Kitchen’s existing food garden as well as helping to set up ten additional home food gardens for the project volunteers.

Part of the produce grown at each of these gardens is used to supplement the existing feeding scheme at Yiza Ekhaya. The Shoprite Group believes the development and support of women serves as a significant contribution to stable economies and effective community development.

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