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Fun-day brings revival for the after school services

On the 1st of October 2020, MES Cape Town re-opened its doors for the After School Services at Madulammoho’s Social Housing estates in Belhar and Scottsdene.  The programme has been received with arms wide open by parents and children across the inner city. Denise Hoffman, the current project coordinator started the after school services off with a bang, knew the children had a very challenging year and wanted to do something very special during the school holidays.  Denise and her team organised a fun day to the beach. On Saturday, 31st October 2020, 42 students were bussed off from the Madulammoho Estates, located in Belhar and Scottsdene, to Milnerton. During the day the children learnt how to surf and had other fun activities such as dancing, soccer and sand castle building. The children had a wonderful day out and this fun day will surely not be forgotten soon.  We want to thank our partners and sponsors who made this day possible!  Christian Surfers, Xpression Dance School, Jabulani Ministries, EXEO Capital, Madulammoho Housing

MES pay tribute to legend Jacque Pietersen

Thursday, the 12th of November 2020, MES Cape Town paid its last respect to the passing of a legend in community development, Jacque Pietersen. Indeed, Pietersen has been described as a hero, change-maker, a giver and leader who has lived the MES values. Jacque, born 8 January 1975, joined MES as chef in 2009. He later on became an outreach worker and then a Bright Star Trainer. He was key to the development of the GROW Programme since 2011. In 2015 he was employed by the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District, who works closely with MES. For the past year VRCID seconded Jacques to work for MES GROW again. His smile and big heart will be missed by his wife and five children, his colleagues and especially the homeless community whom he has selflessly served. MES and VRCID lost a legend on Saturday, 7 November 2020. Rest in Peace Jacque, you will live in our hearts forever. We will continue your legacy: Success is for those who choose hope! MES Cape Town would like to thank all our partners, corporate donors, churches and individual volunteers for such an unflinching support and love for Pietersen and MES in general.

ROSEBANK SUNDAY MARKET TO SHOWCASE MES SHELTER CLIENTS HANDMADE PRODUCTS FOR SALE

JOHANNESBURG; 30 November 2020 – The Rosebank Sunday Rooftop Market has graciously offered Mould Empower Serve (MES) Impilo Shelter space to sell products from their COVID-19 knitting project on Sunday, 1 November. Founded during COVID-19 level-5 lockdown by a group of shelter ladies, the knitting project has evolved to represent an opportunity for personal growth while developing valuable entrepreneurship skills. MES would like to urge the Johannesburg community to come out and support the ladies this Sunday,1 November at the Rosebank Rooftop Market.

TEE-OFF WITH MES KEMPTON PARK ON 27 NOVEMBER AND HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMM

JOHANNNESBURG; 15 September, 2020 – In response to the further easing of lockdown regulations, homeless shelters are facing the dilemma of how to sustainably exit beneficiaries who have been housed in the overnight shelters for the past six months. The MEC of Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD), MMC of City of Johannesburg (COJ) and their delegation visited Mould Empower Serve (MES) yesterday (14th September 2020), where they expressed their gratitude for the good work MES does and discussed the way forward regarding the challenges facing the metropolitan cities in the province.

From homelessness to business booming since lockdown

In commemoration of Women’s Month, MES Johannesburg has committed itself to acknowledge and empower the women housed at our Impilo shelter through a Tea Party that resulted in business booming. Friday, 28th of August 2020, became a hive of activity and excitement at the shelter as all our ladies took part in different activities organised by our volunteers, including Hillsong Africa Foundation, Embark Foundation, Mosaïek, Parkview, Johannesburg and Jenny Currie of Baby2mom Egg Donation who came to impart and teach some skills in MES Johannesburg’s Knitting and Crochetting Project for beneficiaries at Impilo shelter for women. Under the theme of #Shematters initiated by University of Johannesburg, the objective of such event has been literally to make the most vulnerable women found in the inner city feel special and, also to emphasise that they too are important and matter in a society. Of the other skills that were imparted during course of the event, include sewing, beading and cup-cake decoration. Apart from charting a way for women in being financially independent, most definitely, this will help the ladies to take what they learnt and turn it into lifelong skills to assist them to better their lives. MES also appreciate the support received from ABSA South Africa for the generous donation of blankets to our shelter ladies. To the team – thank you so much for blessing us with a delicious nutritious lunch! On behalf of the ladies in our shelters – Thank you to everyone for spending time with us, giving of your skills and talents and for the generous gifts you brought. Please, follow our website to donate wool and get involved in the Knitting and Crochetting Project 2020 :https://mes.org.za/mes-johannesburg-2/.

MES Johannesburg appreciate donors for partaking in #67minutesVirtualChallenge on Mandela Day

It was also a blessing to have various organisations and individuals who came to donate food, soup, clothes, toiletries, and other necessities as part of their Mandela Day activities. Every year the 18th of July, South Africa and the global community commemorate the life and selfless spirit of Nelson Mandela by spending 67 minutes of their time by making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

Gauteng government to consider interested homeless community for internship programmes, entrepreneurship and skills development

MEC CEO Leona Pienaar (left-right) MMC Eunice Mgcina of the City of Johannesburg (COJ), Gauteng Department of Social Development (GDSD) MEC Dr, Nomathemba Mokgethi interacting with former MES beneficiary and yet Managing Director of Hillbrewed Coffee co Tebogo Mabye (right) during a service delivery blitz at Impilo shelter for women. In recognition of the value added by MES to the inner city and homeless community during Covid-19 lockdown, the Gauteng government has vowed to give first priority of intake in its various internship programmes, funding opportunities and other skills development courses to deserving individuals and graduates based at homeless shelters. On Monday, the 14th of September 2020, MEC for Department of Social Development (DSD), Dr. Nomathemba Mokgethi, alongside MMC Eunice Mgcina of the City of Johannesburg (COJ) - visited MES’s Impilo shelter for women in Jeppestown, Johannesburg, on a service delivery blitz. In collaboration with Gauteng Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) , Department of Health (DoH), National Development Agency (NDA), the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and South African National Council on Alcohol And Drug Dependence (SANCA), this visit intended to explore sustainable strategies for incorporating homeless people back into mainstream society beyond the national lockdown. The MEC and MMC got a chance to interact with MES Johannesburg’s Impilo and Ekhaya shelter beneficiaries, hear their stories; successes and challenges and chart a way forward that will be beneficial for everyone. Apart from committing herself in absorbing those qualified for internship programmes, MEC Mokegthi also vowed to work hand in glove by escalating the knitting and crochetting project started by the women at the shelter since the start of lockdown. ‘’We have seen the beautiful things that you do with your own hands. We are making a commitment that we’ll be coming back. We have also come up with a programme of sewing, I have discussed with the MMC. We can get a building like this where we can put our machines and all of you who are interested so that we can be of assistance as government,” said MEC Dr. Mokgethi. The beneficiaries also got a chance to interact with the different stakeholders; some getting to register for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant from SASSSA, apply for identity smart cards, as well as register with the Department of Labour for employment opportunities. Leona Pienaar, CEO of Mould Empower Serve (MES) engages with the Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD) during a special visit to MES' Impilo Shelter. Meanwhile, MES has pleaded with City of Joburg (Coj) over the relatively exorbitant amount of municipal fees to be reduced and suitable for non-profit organisations such as MES.The NPO believes in breaking the culture of handouts. Before Covid the overnight shelter was operated on a small fee per night per bed. Due to Covid19 regulations this was no longer possible. MES stepped up to the challenge and waived the door fees and introduces meals and toiletry packs in ...

GAUTENG GOVERNMENT RECOGNISE THE VALUE ADDED BY MES TO THE INNER CITY AND HOMELESS COMMUNITY DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOW

JOHANNNESBURG; 15 September, 2020 – In response to the further easing of lockdown regulations, homeless shelters are facing the dilemma of how to sustainably exit beneficiaries who have been housed in the overnight shelters for the past six months. The MEC of Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD), MMC of City of Johannesburg (COJ) and their delegation visited Mould Empower Serve (MES) yesterday (14th September 2020), where they expressed their gratitude for the good work MES does and discussed the way forward regarding the challenges facing the metropolitan cities in the province.

MES shelter ladies knitting their way through the lockdown

As the winter season catches up with South Africans under this exhausting lockdown, the women at MES Johannesburg’s Impilo Hospice have committed to keeping themselves warm by knitting and crocheting, thereby taking advantage of talents they have not used in a long time. The large-scale project follows a large donation of wool to the organisation. The donation was made in kind after MES asked its friends and supporters for items to help those living in the shelters to keep busy whilst under lockdown. The knitting benefits the ladies at the shelter because they are knitting items for themselves, especially for the coming winter.  The ladies also knitted a number of items for two pregnant members of the knitting party. So successful was the project that the knitting group soon finished the large supply of donated wool, leaving it to the MES team to buy more material to keep their hands and minds busy. MES will sell these home-made hats, scarves, gloves, bags and jerseys to earn an income as soon as the lockdown regulations are lifted, with the proceeds going to the participating ladies at Impilo Hospice. MES Johannesburg has shared its insights with other branches as part of its challenge to them, and other shelters, to create similar initiatives that both motivate and financially support the participants, providing a way of reinstating their confidence and dignity.

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