A small act of kindness extended to Ikageng
The team at MetroFibre Networx are kicking off their shoes, packing up their unwanted items such as clothes and blankets, and donating them to a good cause this winter. Touched by the needs of Ikageng, the MetroFibre team recently called on their colleagues to dig into their cupboards and clear out their second hand or unwanted items to donate them to the less fortunate.
Ikageng is a community based organisation that cares for orphaned and vulnerable children, many of whom themselves are living with HIV or Aids, in and around the area of Soweto. Like so many organisations looking after the less fortunate, Ikageng faces some unique challenges, not least of which include lack of government funding and food contributions, being understaffed and a lack of volunteers to aid with cooking and serving at soup kitchens to mention a few.
“Thousands of children throughout South Africa face incredible hardships daily and it is institutions like Ikageng that provide them with hope, love and a path for the future,” states Chloe Roberts at MetroFibre Networx. “The organisation currently assists with a feeding programme which helps to feed in excess of 1000 recipients a number that continues to grow daily. The figures are just astounding.”
Using the backdrop of Mandela Day to deliver the goods to Mama Carol and the impassioned team at Ikageng, the team were compelled by the message from the Nelson Mandela Trust, #ActionAgainstPoverty. While the donation is just one small step MetroFibre is looking to assist the organisation in the future, while also trying to bring attention to the plight of Ikageng.
Today Ikageng mainly conducts prevention and therapy programmes, individual and family interventions; sometimes through group work sessions, seminars and structured meetings. Following a community development approach, the organisation also aims to address historical imbalances through collective empowerment, facilitating processes that help the poor, vulnerable and orphaned, to regain control over their lives. It does this through driving the need for the provision of education and health services by working cooperatively with the departments of education, Social Development, Health and Local Authorities.
“Our recent contribution is just a drop in the ocean considering the needs of Ikageng, but one has to start somewhere, and if we can bring more people together to assist on projects like this – their ocean will soon be filled by each of the individual drops,” ends Roberts.
For more information on Ikageng, or to reach out to the team for future initiatives to offer your assistance please visit http://www.ikageng.org.za/
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