A meal that goes a long way

2019-07-23 06:25
Residents eagerly await their turn to get meals.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Residents eagerly await their turn to get meals.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Mornings are always something to look forward to for desperate and needy Hanover Park residents.

This is because they get plates full of food and can even take some home to their relatives who cannot make it to The Alcardo Andrews Foundation, a registered non-governmental organisation that does a variety of community projects to empower residents. They also offer skills training.

Some of their programmes include workshops, one-on-one counselling sessions for victims of domestic violence and grieving mothers. They also have after-school programmes for learners where they help them deal with trauma.

Daily, staff and a group of volunteers prepare food on the foundation’s premises to feed the needy.

Avril Andrews, the foundation’s founder, commended the teachers for the job they are doing. She added that the teachers needed extra support.

Andrews said all they are trying to do is to help where they can in the community. She said the food they offer in the morning comes very handy as some people have no family members to feed them because most of them are unemployed.

“Some ask to take food home for their aunts and uncles or their sons who are shy to be seen queuing for food,” Andrews said.

She added that the daily meals have been a success since 2016 due to good friends who are committed to sponsoring the foundation.

As much as they have been enjoying support from the people she described as a “blessing”, she revealed they would appreciate more support.

Andrews said there is more that needs to be done in the communities and people need to play their part.

“People must look around them. There should not only be one or two foundations. We must take a leap of faith and be the catalysts of change in the community,” she encouraged.

She also urged residents to be vocal about issues they encounter in their areas, so that solutions can be found.

“We need to come together and our society will be a better place,” she said.

For Patrick Swartz the meal is more meaningful than anyone could ever imagine.

He travels all the way from Manenberg every morning to get his meal before the start of his day. The unemployed man thanked the foundation and said he hopes they can carry on with the work they are doing.

“I appreciate what they are doing. We are needy and I also enjoy the classes that I attend about parenting very much,” Swartz said.

Echoing his words was Emily Davids who said she comes out every single morning and makes it a point that she is in the front.

She said the foundation takes good care of them and she has no complaints.

“They must carry on,” Davids said.

She has been a resident of Hanover Park since 1970 and what the foundation does for the residents is a much needed service in the community.

Also, singing the foundations’ praises was Carol Jonathan.

She said the foundation has done a lot of good things for her. The daily meal is just one of them.

She recounted last year when the roof of her house collapsed. The foundation got a sponsor for her to get it fixed and for that she said she will forever be grateful.

“I want to say thank you to the aunty for the food and thank God for her. We appreciate her,” Jonathan concluded.

V For people who want to make donations or help, call team member, Lesley Wyngaard on 083 263 6052.

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