Monday, December 27, 2010

The Great Need in Blikkies Dorp

We are a group of people doing outreach in Salt River for five years, working with homeless people. We fed and clothed them and built up personal relationships.

Over the past five years some of them were re-united with their families and others found places of employment and are now off the street. Fire destroyed Auntie Thelma a 65year old woman's informal home and we helped rebuild it for her. Since then with the World Cup taking place they were all relocated to Blikkies Dorp in Delft.

We did not give up on them when they moved there but instead saw an open window to reach out to more people. It is overwhelming to see the level of poverty that some people live with and one also realises how grateful one should be with the things we do have and stop whining and complaining about what we don't have.

When you think of people living in poverty we always seem to think of the grownups and seem to forget that for every couple there are three to four children that are affected as well. So in Blikkies Dorp most of our feeding schemes are specifically for the children. It does not matter how much food you make it is never enough for everyone. The majority of people in Blikkies Dorp are children aged between two years and sixteen.

Our heart goes out for the people of Blikkies Dorp and we trust that in the future we will be able to do even more than what we are currently doing! You can give a man a fish and he will eat for one day but teach a man to fish and he will have food for a lifetime.

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