For the common good

MAMA Angel is well on the way to realising her objectives this year. Mama Angel is a community outreach programme that assists – on a once-off basis – non-governmental organisations in crisis.

Sowetan discovered that many  community projects  often suffered when their budgets shrank –  due to late  payments by the government or sponsors.

NGOs sometimes have to wait  for months while their  budgets,  projections and expenditures are  scrutinised  before being  approved, and that’s when Mama  Angel  comes to the rescue.

“Investing in your community is  a great way to give back  to those  who have helped support your  business.  Volunteer groups and  non-profit organisations do so   much to help the communities  that all of us are a part of,  but they  can’t do it alone,” says Lindi  Obose, Mama  Angel’s alter ego.

 “We have a responsibility to  help those that are less  fortunate  and also to contribute to the  common good.”

Mama Angel opened in 2005,  providing bridging funds  to obtain  food and blankets. She has since  branched  into outfitting soup  kitchens, supplying material for   handicrafts, helping start-up businesses and providing  school uniforms and toys to handicapped  children.

 Sowetan has also helped in renovating centres for the  aged and  children’s drop-ins. We have provided shelter  for those whose  homes burnt down, given school   uniforms and sports equipment to  township schools and  clubs.

“We try to remind the people  that they are not alone in  their  pain and misery, that this community – comprising  Sowetan and  its readers – know about and  share in their  pain,” Obose said.

“It is wonderful to meet all the  people who work for the  community, people who do not need to  boast about their  good works.

“All they are interested in is  that the children go to school  and  have a good meal. They often  begrudge the time  they have to  spend away from orphaned and  vulnerable  children.”

Though the contribution from  Mama Angel is modest,  she alleviates the hardship faced by many  and provides  them with a platform  to secure more funds.

Mama Angel has been everywhere in Southern Africa  whenever she is called to help. Anyone  with a genuine  problem can write  in and ask for assistance.