Outreach needs assistance

2019-08-27 06:00
One Step Outreach held a soup kitchen on Friday 16 August PHOTO:

One Step Outreach held a soup kitchen on Friday 16 August PHOTO:

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An Eastridge resident who runs a soup kitchen in Mitchell’s Plain is appealing to members of the community for assistance.

Daleen Barnes, founder of the non-profit organisation (NPO) One Step Outreach, says there is a great need for this kind of organisation in the community.

Barnes says it’s difficult to make 100 litres of soup and is asking the community for any assistance. Currently, the NPO has five members and one volunteer.

“It’s hard to watch people suffer,” says Barnes.

She says she wants to help make a difference and hopes it will be contagious.

“If every neighbour helped their neighbour, there would not be so much suffering.

“I feel like I have been chosen to do this. This is my purpose and I can’t stop now. I need to continue.”

However, she needs the support of the community.

“The need is huge in our area. Crime and poverty are our biggest challenges. Mitchell’s Plain has one of the highest crime rates.

“This NPO could help to get children off the street, to get people out of gangs and to feed people. This is an opportunity to make a change,” she says.

Barnes says that if the levels of crime and poverty in the area could be reduced, other community ills would also decrease.

Barnes says the NPO needs companies to come on board in its efforts to relieve poverty in the area.

“We need to start reaching out to one another. We need to look and see where we can help.”

Barnes says she does not want the community to lose hope. “Together, we can make this work,” she says.

In addition, the NPO offers free support and counselling to people in bad relationships or who experience bullying and trauma. It also helps with suicide prevention, drug-related issues, alcohol addiction and preventing the abuse of the elderly.

Barnes says if the NPO could get a space for a mobile office, it would really help. But for now, there is a WhatsApp group in place to assist community members.

She says she especially wants to help children who have suicidal thoughts.

“To the school drop-outs, to those who are bullied and think it’s better to end their lives. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”

Barnes says she is serious about this organisation and the work it does.

“If I can do more, I will. I will not stop helping out and reaching out to the community,” says Barnes.

The NPO plans to have a soup kitchen in different areas in Mitchell’s Plain.

  • For more information, call Barnes on 074 700 6050 or send an email to osooutreach@gmail.com.

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