In Cape Town, South Africa, where hunger is one of the biggest problems the locals face. Low income families and rising food costs often mean children and their families are left lacking basic nutrition. This ultimately has a knock on effect on many aspects of life; poorly nourished children struggle to focus during a school day and inadequately-fed adults cannot perform at their best during work or studies. To put this in perspective, think of the Ramadan that just passed, dealing with the long hours, the fatigue, the hunger and thirst during the heat, while trying to be as productive as you can in your daily duties. For many, this is the everyday reality for them but without the guaranteed meal at the end of the day.
To help alleviate the strain which hunger brings, Muslim Hands focused on some of the neediest places of Cape Town to establish regular feeding centers. A group of enthusiastic Muslim Hands volunteers organised and advertised set ‘feeding days’ inviting those who would like to join in on a warm, nutritious meal in a safe and welcoming environment in places such as Mitchells Plain, Pooke Road Rylands and Netreg Bonteheuwel. From 11:00am to 14:00pm, the community came and ate together over three days in the feeding centers. People were served with hot lamb and potato Akhni, which is a welcomed popular Cape Town dish.
Muslim Hands ultimately plan to eliminate the cycle of poverty, one community at time with the help and support of our ever generous donors insha’Allah. We hope to expand and improve on this program and establish these feeding centers in more areas to reach a wider range of people.