Some relief for URDCBP

2020-04-16 06:01
Some of the beneficiaries with their food parcels.PHOTO:

Some of the beneficiaries with their food parcels.PHOTO:

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Beneficiaries of the Urban Rural Development and Capacity Building Project (URDCBP) in Langa were able to celebrate Easter weekend after receiving food parcels from the City’s department of social development on Thursday 9 April. A total of 68 people benefitted from the initiative.

The food donation came after City Vision published a story (“Project fears the worse”, Thursday 9 April). Project cofounder Nompumelelo Ngoqo voiced her concerns about the well-being of their beneficiaries during the lockdown period that kicked off at midnight Thursday 26 March.

URDCBP was established in 2000 to teach people, particularly women, gardening skills to alleviate poverty in Langa and the surrounding communities.

Ngoqo described the food donation as a huge relief for the beneficiaries. “I was worried about my beneficiaries since they are in lockdown. I was wondering what are they eating and how are they coping,” said Ngoqo.

She stated that she gave them food parcels when they had to close the project last month.

Explaining why she gave only 68 people food parcels while the project is feeding more than 120 people, Ngoqo said the project is registered to support only 68 people. “Other people are coming with their friends to take food and we don’t chase them away and they keep on coming regularly. Most of our beneficiaries are referred to us by local clinics because the people are suffering from chronic diseases.”

Beneficiary Thelma Mabutho thanked Ngoqo for changing her life and described her as a mother to them. “Ever since I joined the project (four years ago) my life changed dramatically.

“I met new people. We are like a family here,” said Mabutho.

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