Help for little ones in need

Lindi Obose

Lindi Obose

Providing relief to the needy is what Mama Angel is known for.

She recently went all the way to Ekurhuleni and met excited members of the Antioch Church's health care and support centre project.

Sowetan donated groceries to the nonprofit organisation in Actonville, Ekurhuleni.

The centre provides daily nutritious meals to vulnerable children affected by HIV-Aids.

The church carries out its Christian duty by extending a helping hand to the sick, dying and those without hope.

The project was started in 2000 by Reverend Satha Creswell and has 31 full-time members. They comprise caregivers and volunteers, who work around the community on a contractual basis.

"We provide daycare facilities, sewing, a food garden, emotional support, counselling, aftercare and computer studies to out-of-school children who cannot find work," says Donald Hussein, a fund-raising coordinator.

"We help 600 kids daily by providing them with breakfast and lunch. These kids are from orphan-headed households and granny-headed homes. We also have a lot of single moms," he said.

Hussein indicated that the organisation goes through difficult times when it comes to finances. The demand is very high owing to the ever-increasing number of informal settlements.

Most of these are on unsuitable land. This threatens the health and welfare of residents since these settlements do not have basic infrastructure.

"Our areas of operation are Harry Gwala, Dry Fruit, Emandleni, Emlotheni, Wattville and Boksburg. A shocking and ever-increasing number of households are headed by orphans and grandparents.

"I would like, on behalf of all the children of Antioch Health Care and Support Centre, to thank Mama Angel for the donations you made to our project today," Hussein said.