19/06/2012 - Simanyene High School

Gift of the Givers Cape Town Branch launched their Winter Warmth project at the Simanyene High School in Asanda Village, Strand. This area was choosen due to its poverty, crime and the high unemployment rate. With the assistance of the SAPS Lwandle extensive research was done and coupons were handed out to the poorest of the poor. In these poor areas it is impossible to assist all, although we would love to, therefore we concentrated largely on the elders and disabled. When we arrived at the school, recipients were queueing patiently and orderly with their coupons and ID documents.

Within the hour the huge school hall was packed with 1000 residents. The Simanyene School Choir opened the proceedings with the national anthem as the crowd stood and joined in, followed by a prayer. Colonel Mtkati addressed the crowd explaining how GOTG teamed up with the SAPS to launch the Winter Warmth 2012 outreach project in Asanda Village.

The Simanyene Traditional Dance Group and the Abathandi Boxolo group entertained the crowd with their talent of singing and dancing whilst blankets, food parcels and a hot nutritious meal of rice and chicken stew were handed to the elderly and disabled. 1500 of the schools learners were also fed. The elders and disabled received 390 food parcels with blankets, learners received a blanket and a sweet/fruit pack each and the rest of the community received blankets, detergent and hygiene packs.

It was one of our most memorable outreach projects as the recipients put on their best behaviour and followed all the procedures in an orderly manner, making our task so much easier. The community was overwhelmed by the gifts and thanked GOTG for considering their needs during this cold, rainy season.

A community worker and business owner, Siphiwo Nthlanthla said he was overjoyed at what the people of Asanda Village received. “This is the first time I have seen something like this take place in this area and I am living here since 2003. I am a salon owner and I see the issues that people go through daily... this will really mean a lot to them. I always see this type of thing happening on TV, but I am grateful and appreciate that I saw it for myself today. Gift of the Givers make life better for the less fortunate and I am sure the people in the community appreciate it too".

Total Project Value: R382 399.97

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