AFTER Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects (MNCP) started off as a ministry of The Christian Fellowship in 2007 in response to the desperate plight facing children in the Jika Joe and Ezinketheni informal settlements, MNCP has now acquired their very own premises in Ezinketheni.
According to Sandra Pillay of MNCP, the new premises will enable them to expand their programmes significantly to include a media centre where children will have access to computers as well as a library for research.
Now operating in a 15,5 m refurbished container, Pillay said: “The aim of the programme is to change the present status and self-esteem of orphaned and vulnerable children so that they become achievers in life, to offer hope and support to the elderly women who care for the children, as well as addressing the needs in the wider community.”
Through MNCP’s motto’s, ‘Making a difference one smiling child at a time’, they hired Solomon Qadi, a full-time field worker who is now the ‘go-to-person’ in Ezinketheni.
“From cooking porridge for the children, opening the centre for the youg and old every week, to being the man asked to call the ambulance and the police; Solomon has become the person community members report incidents to before even reporting to the relevant officials,” said Pillay, explaining that MNCP’s main focus areas are education, health, community development, sports and culture.
Furthermore, she said through their programmes they are feeding 250 children with the highly-nutritious porridge from a generous sponsor.
The project also runs an early childhood development centre, a homework and reading club, holiday club programmes, youth meetings, support groups for the elderly women, home visits as well as community development workshops for the wider community.
Pillay also highlighted that the schools works closely with the only school in the area, Umsilinga Primary School, to provide school uniforms and stationery.
Although MNCP is delighted to finally have their own premises, they still hope to raise funds to build a multi-purpose Hall.
“Pastor Chris Pillay, founder and current chairperson of MNCP is appreciative of all the volunteers and partners who provide financial support,” said Pillay.
Concluding, she said the project would appreciate any form of donation from children’s clothes to non-perishable food items.
Those interested can contact MNCP on 033 342 6525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org