What happens to our unsold food?
I have to admit; a tear came to my eye a few times whilst writing this blog. Even though Pasta Factory has been donating food to these guys for a while, life gets so busy, I never have the time to actually sit down and really think about it. I asked Natasha Hess, who is the amazing lady making things happen at Unlimited Ministries, to send me some photos and a bit more info to share with you. While going through the information and images, it really brought it home to me just how selfless and good some people are. It’s truly inspiring and I’m pleased we can help in some small way towards the cause.
The good work of Unlimited Ministries
Let me just explain to you what these guys do. Unlimited Ministries is an NGO whose goal it is to reach disadvantaged communities in as many areas as possible – lots of these people are forgotten in rural corners of the country and receive little or no help otherwise. Their aim is to provide food, clothing, healthcare, and more importantly, education and help towards gainful employment. Many of the youth know nothing of the world outside of their community and the potential opportunities. In some of these communities, the unemployment rate has reached a depressing 90%! So programs like this are vital in order to break the cycle.
Natasha sent me so much information and photographs, unfortunately, I don’t have space here to share all of it, but here is a just a snippet of the good work that is happening:
Picture: soup day in one of the many areas Unlimited Ministries help the local communities.
An example of just one of the organisations that benefit from Unlimited Ministries work is Elim Home, in the impoverished town of Elim, 200km from Cape Town.
Elim Home, in Bredasdorp, is a home for severely disabled children and young people. Since 1963, Elim Home has cared for those unable to care for themselves and is largely dependent on donations.
The home believes that ‘every life has a meaning’ and is dedicated to providing optimal care and maximizing the potential of its children.
The home employs 62 very motivated local workers and is by far the largest employer in Elim and many families are dependent on an income from their jobs at Elim Home.
Elim Home provides 24-hour nursing care, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and staff empowerment. So, as you can see the benefits are not just to the children living in the home, but also to the wider community. If all of this wasn’t enough, Natasha Hess even also owns a mechanical and tyre repair workshop where young people are trained to learn a trade and teach them to be self-employed.
I could fill up many more pages with the moving pictures and words supplied to me, but I really hope this has given you some insight. The donations from businesses and individuals are vital for this project to keep going, but mostly it’s the tireless energy and dedication of people like Natasha and her team that really make it all happen.
If you would like to see how you can help, please contact Natasha at: firstname.lastname@example.org