A family with a very big heart

2019-07-09 06:00
Abubhakhar Abdurahman with some of the children from the holiday programme.

Abubhakhar Abdurahman with some of the children from the holiday programme.

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The Abdurahman family in Jonkershoek Road in Heideveld shares the little they have with the community.

According to the founder, Rerhaana Abdurahman, they noticed an increase in crime in their community. She says among the many challenges the residents face in this community, they realised that poverty was the main cause and they started the Tul Ghaya feeding scheme, a non-profit organisation.

They run a daily soup kitchen in the late afternoons and they also run programmes for children during holiday seasons. The soup kitchen serves the needy in the community regardless of age. Abdurahman adds that hunger affects anyone.

“Crime has minimised over the years, sometimes people do things because they are desperate and if we learn to take care of one another we can reduce crime and have safer communities,” says Abdurahman.

They have been running it for three years and its not just them who make a difference in the community but also the beneficiaries and a local leader, he says.

They recently held a holiday programme for a total of 70 children feeding them with sandwiches and party packs, thanks to a local donor. The programme started on Thursday 27 June.

In the beginning, the family covered all the costs on their own but as time went by the community started helping with donations.

However, now that her husband Abubhakhar Abdurahman is unemployed things are a bit steep and she says they would appreciate more donations. The soup kitchen is currently run on Thursdays until they have funds to offer the daily meals again.

Lulama Gqamani, a beneficiary, has been coming to the soup kitchen for a long time. He walks past the place where the soup kitchen is held on most days on his way back to and from his casual jobs.

Gqamani says sometimes he comes back with no money. “But I know if I get here on time at least I will get something to eat. I wish more people could contribute and help them to keep providing a meal for us. Life is really hard and it’s true what they say, not everyone committing crime is a criminal. Circumstances become very harsh and it is very sad when no one wants to help.”V For more information contact Abubhakhar Abdurahmans on 072 174 2532 or send a message on Facebook to Reghaana Abdurahman.

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