A resident from Eastridge has started a feeding scheme to improve the lives of the children in the community.
According to Edries Davids (65), who started the non-profit organisation, We Desire To Inspire, nine children have lost their lives due to gangsterism or drugs since he has lived there.
Davids said he wants to prevent other children from going the same route.
He said the centre was established five months ago and is funded by himself and his family.
“We started feeding about 35 to 40 children in the area and now we feed about 300 children and adults.” Davids said they can’t only feed the children, the adults need to be fed too.
Davids, the former site manager of a construction company, said the family-based organisation hosts its feeding scheme on Tuesdays and every last Sunday of the month.
“The organisation works with children in the area and surrounding areas. They play games, do dances and much more,” Davids said. “We saw the need in the community so we decided to establish this feeding scheme,” said Davids.
“This organisation has had an amazing impact on the community. Our neighbours are fired up for this event and future events,” he said. Davids said it is “really bad” in the Eastridge area. “There are youngsters who use drugs or are involved in gangs. Children don’t play outside anymore. We want them to play games.”
The organisation is looking to host a fun and games day on Tuesday 24 September. The games will take place in Jameson and Hertzog streets. He said the idea of the games day is to take back the streets for one day. “We want to force children to play games and we want to take over the streets,” Davids said.
The games to be played include mini cricket, five-a-side soccer, netball, tricycle, bicycle, plastic scooters and skateboard riding, face-painting and more.
Davids said in the future they would like to make lunch for the children for them to take to school.
“We also have bigger plans for the future and we want to take the children on outings once a term.”
He said the organisation is appealing to the community to donate non-perishable goods, and any other donations will be accepted and go a long way.