Food ‘a tool to curb crime’

2018-05-29 06:01
Eden Safety and Security Residents’ Association (ESS) in Wynberg goes the extra mile to find solutions to crime.

Eden Safety and Security Residents’ Association (ESS) in Wynberg goes the extra mile to find solutions to crime.

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“Charity begins at home,” so they say, and Eden Safety and Security Residents’ Association (ESS) has started implementing this through their initiative of using a food drive as a tool to eradicate crime.

ESS runs a charity programme, including a soup kitchen, for hundreds of needy people in their community and surrounding areas. According to ESS chairperson, Saaiti Bester, the association also offers help with the general wellbeing of those in need as they also collect and donate clothing and help elderly people where they can.

Bester says they realised that it is not only homeless people who are struggling to make ends meet.

“While we were busy with our patrols we noticed that there were many homeless people who actually needed help and we also found out it was not only the homeless but mostly the elderly people in our community who are also struggling to put food on the table. We decided that we should start this initiative from our own pockets and before we knew it, it grew and we now serve people from Steenberg, Lavender Hill and other areas,” says Bester.

The association reportedly makes about 100F of soup and akhni for each feeding opportunity. Each beneficiary receives a bowl of soup and a bowl of akhni twice a week, on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Bester says due to the rise in the number of people coming to the soup kitchen, they appealed to the public for donations and are amazed by the positive response.

“We have received a positive response from local businesses and some residents. I am glad that we have managed to not just focus on crime issues but we have gone far to make sure everyone within our community feels a sense of importance and has something to look forward to every week.”

He says since they started with the project, they have seen a decrease in the incidents of common crime committed in the area. Bester says people have become familiar with one another, which helps them look after another.

ESS has more than 50 members patrolling the streets every evening until the early hours of the morning. Bester says they receive strong backup from the police and about 700 residents who have joined their social networks where major communications take place.

ESS secretary, Yumna Abrahams, adds: “We want to thank those who have donated so generously. May they be rewarded and may their businesses grow from strength to strength and may we continue to do what we can to feed and clothe those less fortunate.”

V Anyone interested in helping them to continue feeding the needy can call Abrahams on 078 220 7241.

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