In­spired by mom to feed the poor

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IN­SPIRED by her mother's drive to help oth­ers, Yolanda Mt­saka, 28, of Scenery Park, founded Buf­falo City Care­Givers to en­sure that the home­less of East Lon­don have some­thing in their stom­achs.

Mt­saka said her mother would turn their home into a sort of shel­ter where she would wel­come strangers and feed them.

“I started feed­ing the home­less five years ago. I used to watch the way my mother would treat the home­less while I was still in high school,” she said.

“She used to call a guy, Andile, to fetch food and clothes. I al­ways asked her: ‘why do you care about this dirty guy?’ as he would come in and sit on our couches.

“My mother would look at me and say ‘that dirty guy is a man of God. He is the same hu­man be­ing as you. He's got feel­ings’.”

She said her mother in­stilled in her the knowl­edge that the home­less needed love and ten­der­ness just like ev­ery­one else.

It was this teach­ing that prompted her to buy bread and but­ter ev­ery week to feed the home­less when she moved out.

Mt­saka said she was in­tro­duced to Mandla Gx­u­misa by her friend Ayanda Md­lalo to seek as­sis­tance in rais­ing funds for the or­gan­i­sa­tion to ex­pand it and do more for the home­less.

“The goal is to not only to feed the home­less but to also try to find them shel­ter and take them back to school and cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties for them,” she said.

Mt­saka said they were tar­get­ing home­less chil­dren and adults in and out­side East Lon­don. The aim was to reach out to other parts of the Eastern Cape.

“We are do­ing what we can in our com­mu­nity by do­nat­ing food, clothes, of­fice ma­te­ri­als or re­sources and by pro­vid­ing an open heart with more hands.

“We're also open to peo­ple who col­lect clothes and food as this is one of the cru­cial ser­vices that are in de­mand for our drive,” Mt­saka said.

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