Lovely food helps re­call Tata

The Star Early Edition - - MANDELA DAY - ANNA COX

EIGHTY-SEVEN des­ti­tute fam­i­lies took a break from wor­ry­ing about their daily chal­lenge – al­beit for a while – by be­ing treated in hon­our of Man­dela Day.

The fam­i­lies, some of whom live in makeshift shel­ters on the Yeoville Ridge while oth­ers squat in peo­ple’s garages or in corners of houses in Ber­trams/Bez Val­ley, en­joyed a hot meal and a day of fun, cour­tesy of the Bien­venu Shel­ter for home­less women and chil­dren. The shel­ter also gives th­ese fam­i­lies daily sup­port by way of food parcels, school uni­forms, sta­tionery and clothes.

“But to­day they are hav­ing a treat of meat, chicken and fruit – things they do not of­ten have, but we are do­ing it for the great man Man­dela. This kind of food is not in their daily di­ets, so it is a real treat for them,” said Sis­ter Ka­dia Prigol, head of the shel­ter.

Another 45 women and chil­dren live in the shel­ter.

Bien­venu also runs a baby cen­tre for chil­dren up to 3 years old and a crèche for chil­dren be­tween 3 and 6 years.

It also of­fers skills train­ing to women such as dress­mak­ing, hair­dress­ing and man­i­cur­ing.

The shel­ter is sup­ported by the Je­suit Refugee Ser­vices (JRS) which as­sists them and takes in some of the des­ti­tute peo­ple if the shel­ter is full.

Fa­ther Luko­se­vi­cius Vaidas of the JRS said all the work­ers for the Man­dela Day event were volunteers who also con­trib­uted fi­nan­cially.

He said the Jeppe po­lice sta­tion of­fered as­sis­tance in train­ing the women and chil­dren about safety and how to avoid drugs. The Catholic Cathe­dral’s de­part­ment of pas­toral care was also in­volved in yes­ter­day’s event.


MAN­DELA DAY: Ber­trams res­i­dents at Bien­v­enue Shel­ter.

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