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More helping hands needed at WAS

The soup kitchen in Krugersdorp West needs volunteers to help people in need, including kids.

The We’re Against Starvation (WAS) Foundation runs various projects yearly to support those in need.

According to the foundation’s founder, Esmerelda van Zyl, they have operated a full-time soup kitchen in Krugersdorp West since 2011. Riekie Trollip leads the volunteers, who start the morning as early as 06:00 by handing out breakfast and lunchboxes to the community’s youngsters.

Esmarelda van Zyl and Riekie Trollip prepare food from the WAS Foundation soup kitchen in Krugersdorp West.

“On an average month, we hand out about 1 700 bowls of breakfast and 3 600 lunchboxes to children for school. The kitchen was permanently opened in 2018 and our goal was to have a safe and friendly environment where homeless people, poverty-stricken community members, abused mothers and children can sit down and enjoy a cooked meal. Many people, especially children haven’t had the opportunity to have a meal at a restaurant and that’s the environment we wanted for our soup kitchen. A place to restore people’s hope, dreams, and self-worth. It was also very important to serve a cooked meal, for many people, this meal is the only meal they have. On average we hand out almost 11 000 cooked meals per month,” Esmerelda said.

Riekie Trollip prepares a special pizza treat for the children.

She added the organisation is a registered NPO with the Department of Social Development and follows very strict rules. This includes abiding by municipal by-laws and adhering to guidelines in running an organisation. She added that their organisation doesn’t receive donations or support from any government institutions or grants and that all their workers are volunteers following the same passion that showcases the work they do in the communities.

“We don’t always have the best working conditions and the majority of the work we do is heartbreaking as we often see people who are hurt and desperate. Our small group of volunteers gives our absolute best to make a difference and if we cannot help we give guidance. We always need volunteers willing to roll up their sleeves and help us at our soup kitchen to make and distribute food and basic needs,” she concluded.

Anybody willing to volunteer can email Esmerelda at esmarelda@wasfoundation.org.za.

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