Statistics SA shows that poverty figures are on the rise, with more than half of the population living in poverty, most of whom are children and African. 13.8 million People live below the Food Poverty Line – an increase of 2,3 million since 2011. As a result, malnutrition is rife and is having a major impact on the physical, cognitive and social development of our children, locking in lifelong barriers to health, education and future success. Poverty is the leading cause of hunger, but poverty also results from hunger, and we need to do more to break this cycle.
The impact of malnutrition on physical development is acute. According to the Healthy Active Kids SA Report Card released in June, 1 in 5 preschoolers in South Africa have had their physical growth stunted by malnutrition and 74% of children in rural settings are underweight. More than half the primary school children tested in South Africa had below average object control skills, including throwing, kicking, and catching – a major lag in development. Lower scores were most common in girls and in children from low income communities. With motor proficiency linked to so many areas of development, including academic performance, these issues are of major concern.
Simply improving childhood nutrition could cut stunting by 1/3 and reduce physical health issues, from diarrhoea and pneumonia to deaf-mutism. The African Union’s Cost of Hunger in Africa study shows that children achieve up to 3.2 more years of education if not stunted. Well-nourished children develop better gross and fine motor skills and are able to engage in more physical activity, which promotes social connectedness, inclusiveness and gender equality.
The stats tell a staggering story, but what can we do about it? While the National Schools Nutrition Programme and social grants are improving access to food, there is a great need for NGOs, with private and public sector support, to turn the tide on the devastating impact of poor nutrition. Initiatives that channel funds towards feeding children and supporting these NGOs are playing a vital role.
With customer donations and KFC contributions combined amounting to over R400 million since 2009, Add Hope is now able to support 12 national and 125 local NGOs to consistently feed 120 000 children and we want that number to grow. We’re grateful that customer donations have increased during tough times, from R6.2 million in 2010 to R38.6 million in 2016, enabling us to add new beneficiaries including childhood development organisations, children’s homes and school feeding programmes every year. Add Hope is aiming to raise over R5 million in customer donations during October World Hunger Month, which will go towards the overall target of R43 million in customer donations in 2017.
The truth is, our children are bearing the brunt of poverty. Good nutrition is the most important factor in creating a better future for these children, the basic element that can improve physical development and set children up for productive and healthy futures. If South Africa is to succeed, we need to pull together to improve childhood nutrition, giving the next generation hope by unlocking potential and boosting prosperity.
To find out more about Add Hope, visit www.addhope.co.za #AddHope
To one degree or another, we all want to be accepted. We’re social beings and we like feeling that we’re part of the group, we enjoy being recognized and acknowledged and we desire to have a meaningful sense of belonging. This make us feel good, valued and respected.
Packaged love is a national campaign in which all the MES branches partake and the main purpose is to make the clients, whom we help daily, feel loved, appreciated and cared for during the festive season.
The campaign is directly aimed at restoring dignity to our clients and making them part of something bigger than the problems they are facing.
Statistics all over the world have proven that depression and feelings of loneliness increase during the festive season. It’s a season that celebrates family and belonging. Packaged Love aims to ensure the overall well-being of our clients by making them feel included and giving them a sense of family. This will in turn help them in the journey to a sustainable life outside of MES.
Various events will be hosted throughout MES branches where clients will be honoured and presented with gifts and treated to a meal. We would like all our friends and partners to lend a helping hand in making this campaign successful.
Visit the events page on our website for more information on how to package you love, or contact the branches directly:
On 7 October 2017 a regular Saturday morning dedicated to creating awareness around homelessness in the Northern Suburbs. HewLin Compassion an NPO using its efforts to encourage the community to engage more with NGOs that work with the homeless community.
The day started with 16 teams getting ready to participate in this amazing initiative that not only brings awareness and educating the community about homelessness but also gives the participants a chance to tap into their compassionate side. The team representing MES included Ricardo Johns (Outreach Co-ordinator), Nazeema Benjamin (GROW ops assistant), Shawn Fortuin (Caretaker), Verni Johns (MES volunteer) and Stephanie Mangwiro (MES volunteer). Activities included cleaning the Safe Space and selling Safe Space and meal vouchers, preparing food at Shiloh , playing soccer at Madulammoho Scottsdene and tree planting at VRCID to name a few.
Verni Johns who took part mentions this about the race, “Doing what I did was a huge accomplishment in Christ. When doctors and specialists confirmed that I will never walk again, to be running around for clues, it's only God. The fire drill put me back, but with the assistance of the team and God's grace, we made it to the end. We all need God's grace in our lives, grasp it and receive it, as you surrender to Him #AGrace17 “.
Nazeema Benjamins has this to say about the race, “It was the first time I took part in such an event it was very exciting yet challenging. It was fun, the most thrilling activity was at the Bellville fire station where we had to carry 17kg of gas bottle on your back and thereafter pick up an extra 25L container of water of witch I thought it was empty an almost fell over. But most of all it was very fun”.
Thank you to Hewlin Compassion for allowing MES to use this platform to teach about the services provided, create awareness when it comes to homelessness issues and also for pushing forward the Giving Responsibly campaign through selling the MES safe space and meal vouchers.
With World Hunger Month in October, including World Food Day on 16th October, KFC is aiming to raise over R5 million in Add Hope customer donations, which will go towards the overall target of R43 million in customer donations in 2017.
Add Hope teams, NGO leaders, media and influencers gathered in Hillbrow on 12 October at NGO Mould, Empower, Serve (MES) to experience how hope is stronger than hunger this World Hunger Month. MES is one of 137 NGOs supported by Add Hope. With World Hunger Month in October, including World Food Day on 16th October, KFC is aiming to raise over R5 million in Add Hope donations which will go to feeding over 120 000 children around the country at NGOs like MES.
The MES Dinaledi Preschool children challenged influencers including Sthembiso Khoza, Proverb, Smash Afrika, DJ Sabby, Hayley Owen and Nicole da Silva to three activities - soccer, chess and crafts, to show how essential good nutrition is for the development of physical, psychosocial and cognitive skills at an early age.
“Too many children are living in poverty, and a lack of nutritious food can give them a really rough start in life. They have enough challenges to face. We can all make a difference, and Add Hope is a simple way to do it,” said actor Sthembizo Khoza, who is a passionate ambassador for Add Hope. Actress Hayley Owen said, “These kids come from a very tough area, and for many of them, the meal they get here at MES is there only meal of the day. I’m really happy to see how well they’re doing, and hope we can reach more children if we all pull together.”
KFC Public Affairs Director for Africa, Thabisa Mkhwanazi, says the World Hunger Month campaign focuses on the message – hope is stronger than hunger. ““Our objective is to create an engaging experience to drive conversations around the hunger crisis in Africa, at the same time showing the hope that centres such as MES Dinaledi provide. We’re exploring how better nutrition in early childhood can have a lasting impact on physical, cognitive and social development, giving the next generation hope by unlocking potential and boosting prosperity. It’s the single most important factor in creating a better future for these children. When you add hope, you give a child so much more than food.”
In a country where hunger and poor nutrition pose a major risk to the development of millions of children, initiatives like Add Hope that channel funds towards feeding children are playing a vital role. The pressure is on to maintain levels of feeding and increase the children Add Hope is able to reach, and Mkhwanazi says that KFC wants to partner with customers to do more. “Statistics SA shows that 51% of people are living in poverty, most of whom are children. Malnutrition is rife and this has a lifelong impact. We need to do everything we can to turn the tide on hunger. As KFC, we continue to increase its own CSI contributions, based on a percentage of profits. We appreciate every customer donation as these donations enable Add Hope to keep increasing the amount of children we reach,” says Mkhwanazi. Add Hope works because it’s a small donation that is quick to add – it’s really the power of the collective to change lives. Hope really is stronger than hunger.”
As temperatures drop, sometimes to below freezing point in South Africa, winter represents cruel and cold nights for many who don’t have the means to stay warm.
With the cold winter grip set to continue GIBB staff set out to make a valuable contribution through a sock collection drive. Employees and the public also rallied together by providing cash donations to purchase winter essentials for various beneficiaries in the communities which the firm operates in.
The annual winter drive has over the year’s been a great success with staff member involvement. This year, the initiative drew the attention of respected South African personality and philanthropist, Maps Maponyane, who was excited to participate by donating socks to the drive.
Beneficiaries across the regions were touched by the generosity, each person receiving a blanket and a pair of socks among other essentials. “We see GIBB’s involvement with our beneficiaries as a partnership rather than an investment and through this we hope to bring about a positive and tangible change in the livelihoods of these recipients,” said GIBB Marketing and CSI Practitioner, Yolande van Rooyen.
“We hope that the results of this drive will be felt for those in need - now and for the rest of the cold winter months to come,” she concluded.
MES (Mould Empower Serve), a national NPO (not-for-profit organisation), will held their annual Kids Festival on 26 August 2017 at the Dries Niemandt Stadium in Kempton Park. It forms a key part of the organisation’s annual fundraising initiatives for the East Rand branch, situated in Kempton Park. The event will include various artists performing on the day, rides and entertainment for the children, flea market and food stalls.
According to the branch manager, Duane Edwards, the inner-city faces on a daily basis faces challenges with mainly unemployment, hunger, homelessness, drugs and uneducated children. MES has established over the years well-structured programmes to assist in addressing these challenges. However, sustainable funds are necessary to continue with the various community development programmes. “We therefore want to invite each and everyone in the community to join us in August. Your support will assist us to bring hope to the homeless, unemployed and underprivileged,” says Duane.
An important part of the festival’s programme is the popular Baby and Toddler competition. Parents can already now enter their children into one of the following three categories, 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 3-6 years. The entry fee is R45. The winners of each category will be announced at the Kids Festival. Photos will be taken prior to the Festival at various pre-schools or an appointment can be made directly with Mike McLaughlin from Photomac Photography: 071 686 2168 / email@example.com wwwphotomac.co.za. An A5 size photo is included in the entry fee and five photos, randomly chosen, will be published in the local newspaper on a regular basis, between June and August.
The organisation has also recently launched a singing competition. The competition presents the ideal opportunity for individuals, 16 years and older, who would like to showcase their singing talent! The next audition night will be held on 7 August. The semi-final will be on 14 August, with the final on 26 August at the Kids Festival. Exciting prizes are up for grabs in the final round! First prize: R 3000; second prize: R 2000 and third prize: R 1000. For more information about the singing competition and to receive an entry form, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 011 024 4580. The entry fee is only R50.
For enquiries about available flea market stalls or exhibition space for businesses, please contact Duane Edwards, 082 348 8639 / email@example.com
Organisations are welcome to support MES with general donations towards the event’s expenses. Various marketing opportunities exist and 18 A certificates and B-BBEE documentation can be provided. For more information, please contact Aloma Swanepoel at 082 652 3398 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Duane concludes: “Over the next few months we will regularly communicate with the East Rand community about the planned activities for the day. We are really looking forward to a fun-filled programme in support of change in the heart of the city, ensuring people live independent sustainable and meaningful lives.”
For more information about the Kids Festival and MES – please visit: www.mes.org.za
MES had the pleasure of hosting partners and friends at the 11th annual Hillbrow Unplugged fundraiser last Thursday night. A picnic under the stars on a chilly winter's evening was a treat for guest and staff alike.
Stories and experiences of street life were shared and the host Coenie de Villiers kept smiles on guests’ faces with his humour and charisma. Heart-warming duets by Timothy Moloi and Samantha Peo were heard all through the city and are still ringing in the hearts of the guests. The WebMaestro Quintet made people get up to dance. The inspirational and life-changing testimonies of Frank Magwegwe and Faith Phiri touched so many hearts.
Allow us to again thank our generous sponsors: Idea Lab (event management), AVTech (sound, lighting and stage), Ninirichi Style Studios (decor and furniture), DRD Gold and Stone (blankets), Chocoloza and Brunational Cosmetic Company (gift packs), Tutu Food, Martha's Moyo, BarMotion and Distell (catering), Greg da Silva Photography (photography), The Picnic Pantry and StarTrac (picnic baskets), Ink Blot Production (videographer), Gap Factor (the tent) and Debbie Hunter Design (graphic design). The soccer pitch in the middle of Hillbrow was transformed into a glamorous picnic venue fit for our kings and queens for the night.
We thank you for your support and hope to see you again next year.
Mould Empower Serve a nationwide South African NGO, and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives have joined forces to improve the lives of clients staying in the MES shelters.
The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) provided direct funding assistance to mostly local non-governmental organizations, for small projects addressing gender equality and women empowerment, democratic governance, climate change and environmental sustainability, security and stability issues.
Mould Empower Serve (MES) is a registered NGO that's been 'changing the heart of the city' for the poor and destitute in the inner cities of South Africa for over 30 years (est. 1986). In the support of its clients, MES takes an integrated approach, designed to help an individual’s intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual need and function through development programmes and ministry.
This project improved the MES shelter services in Johannesburg, Kempton Park and Port Elizabeth and supported the creation of MES Cape Town Safe Space. With this newly created Safe Space MES will at least be able to help 110 additional women currently living in the streets. It will increase the women’s safety, security & hygiene and creates a basis for the success of empowerment programmes.
In total, over 1200 people will be better assisted through this project annually. Many of them women and children who find themselves in desperate situations. The project activities for each branch were the following:
According to the Canadian High Commission, who paid a visit to both the Cape Town and Johannesburg branches, the objectives were met satisfactory. With the visit they firsthand witnessed the developments that could be created with their donation. She was impressed by the improvement of the facilities and would like to pursue further future developments and a continued long term relationship between MES and CFLI.
For more information, contact Corien Jonker at email@example.com
On 8 November 2016 the Ulwazi PEPFAR training project was launched at MES Impilo in Jeppestown, Johannesburg. The aim of the training project is to support Impilo’s health care and community staff who offer TB and HIV prevention, care and support within the Johannesburg inner-city community. Training topics selected are packaged in a way that will help them to understand and work with the often problematic background of the clients and to effectively impact the client’s recovery.
The training project is funded by The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). MES Impilo Health Care Programme is one of 23 out of 500 organisations granted with a Community Grant. MES Impilo will receive over R 300 000.
South Africa has the biggest and highest profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7 million people living with HIV in 2015. In the same year, there were 380,000 new infections while 180,000 South Africans died from AIDS-related illnesses source. 61% of the total population of TB patients is HIV co-infected. Amongst all TB diagnosed patients, 6,7% is confronted with a drug resistant form of TB source. (Unfortunately, specific data for the inner-city are not available.
Due to the complex (traumatic) background of our clients and their harsh living circumstances often, clients are confronted with in- and external blockages of conflict that results in defaulting on medication effecting their health negatively. The training enables them to understand and counsel (assist, advice, guide) the client (and his/her family) more in-depth. To be most effective they have to be able to understand the people, understand the effect of extreme poverty and trauma on the life of a person, the broader circumstances the people are living in and the issues they are dealing with.
The staff is required to think creatively to overcome the complications they encounter in their work in the community. To let clients, living under the described circumstances, understand the seriousness and consequences of his/her disease is a challenge. I.e. to convince them to visit the hospital, to convince them to - keep on - taking their medicine also when they feel well, to convince them to come back for medicine when they are robbed. Our staff has to be able to understand why our clients show the behaviour they show and why they often cannot take decisions. Misunderstanding clients, often leads to escalation of aggressive behaviour. The following topics will be covered during the training:
All of these components have been designed to ensure maximum efficiency when dealing with clients affected or infected with HIV/AIDS. The training project will commence on 29 November 2016, and the topics mentioned above will be discussed during various training sessions ending in September 2018.
With the PEPFAR grant the MES Impilo’s staff members will be able to strengthen their joint capacity in helping our clients to live informed and healthier, and through that a more empowered life. We are very grateful for having granted this opportunity. Click here to read more.
Contact person: Corien Jonker, Resource Developer, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 071 941 4596
The Amazing Grace Race which is similar to the reality television show Amazing Race, had its own twists which made its objectives different from that of the television show. The idea and concept is run by Hewlin Compassion and the race aims to bring awareness to many organizations in Cape Town.
Contestants strive to arrive first at "pit stops" during each phase of the race where they need to complete obstacles and deliver services to the community or an organization. The teams travel within Cape Town in a variety of transportation modes, including cars, by foot and taxis. Teams had to visit organizations like Circle of Dreams, 2nd Chance, Kin Culture, Madulammoho Housing Association, Shiloh, the Bellville Fire Station, Elim Night Shelter and Jump Around. MES was also one of the stops and the participants were challenged to sell meal vouchers to the community before they reached MES.
MES Impilo Healthcare Programme was one of the 23 out of 500 organisations granted with the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grant. Impilo received R 335.000, - for the training of its health staff members/community workers to further develop them with advanced counselling skills.
Impilo’s clients are often confronted with patterns of resistance in themselves and/or in their community due to experienced trauma and their harsh living circumstances. This in turn often results in them defaulting on medication effecting their health negatively. The trainings will enable the staff members to more closely understand and counsel (assist, advice, guide) the client (and his/her family) more in-depth. To be most effective they have to be able to understand the people, understand the effect of extreme poverty and trauma on the life of a person, the broader circumstances the people are living in and the issues they are dealing with.
The staff is required to think creatively to overcome the complications they encounter in their work in the community. To help the clients, living under the described circumstances, understand the seriousness and consequences of his/her disease is, to put it mildly, a challenge. I.e. to convince them to visit the hospital, to convince them to - keep on - taking their medication also when they feel well, to convince them to come back for medicine when they are robbed, etc. The health staff contiguously faces the challenge to understand why our clients show the behaviour they show and why the client often cannot take decisions. Misunderstanding clients, often leads to escalation of aggressive behaviour. Here our community workers face a double challenge; not only do they need to understand and work with the emotional and/or traumatic predicament the client is in, but also follow through on a practical level in providing the medical care that the clients are in need of. This makes the work all the more complex and challenging.
With the PEPFAR grant the Impilo health staff members will be able to strengthen their joint capacity in helping our clients to live informed and healthier, and through that a more empowered life. We are very grateful for having granted this opportunity. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
For more information contact Corien Jonker, Resource Developer, at email@example.com or phone her on 071 941 4596.
About two months ago the MES crèches were introduced to “Play ball”. It is a physical activity which has recently been added to the curriculum. The Play ball coaches use a variety of sporting equipment designed to make physical education fun and keep the children engaged. The health benefits for our children are:
Physical activity increases blood-flow and oxygen to the entire body including the brain. This results in children feeling more energised. It aids the development of social skills – children are able to communicate, listen, share and work in teams.
Our children can now concentrate better and there is much more stability – it develops independence, patience and respect. It also allows every child to participate.
The children LOVE Play Ball and cannot wait; even through winter the children love doing this extra mural activity outdoors.
Our goal is to help our children develop all of the skills they need on their life journey.
MES welcomed partners and friends to our 10th annual Hillbrow Unplugged fundraiser last night. This year the event marked our 30th birthday and was also a grateful celebration of the milestones MES has achieved during the three decades of effecting positive change throughout the hearts of various South African cities.
The night featured stories and performances that celebrated MES’s ability to Mould, Empower and Serve the surrounding community. MES staff and partners dined, mingled and shared their experiences and stories, while being entertained by PJ Powers, Gloria Bosman, Jak de Priester, CH2 and Clive Maistry as MC.
We would like to thank all the guests for their support. We would also like to thank Idea Lab, JMD Unlimited, Salamander Design, Inflate SA, Thundermark, Born to Perform, TCW Caters, Option A Graphic Design Projects, Business Print, African Anonymous and Distell Foundation for having made this event a success. Every staff member, every Rand and every minute donated towards changing the heart of the city is valued and MES hopes the support will continue over the next 30 years.
The Givers Gain campaign was conceived by Greyvensteins in January 2013 with the aim of giving back to the community and those less fortunate by joining hands in a collaborative effort with other Estate Agencies. A number of charity events for a selected group of non-profit organisations (NPOs) are organised with the intention to raise awareness and funds for the less fortunate.
Dates have been set for the events, and each event is to be hosted by Greyvensteins Attorneys along with partnering Estate Agencies. The campaign is built around regular Property Forums featuring a celebrity guest speaker; this forum is a platform to continually introduce the Givers Gain campaign to like-minded companies to keep the spirit of giving alive.
The campaign closes with a glamorous evening at the Broadwalk International Convention Center at the end of the year where extraordinary memorabilia will be auctioned off and proceeds will be divided among the charities (nine charities in total). MES PE was identified as one of the charities of choice in 2016.
The Estate Agencies that were allocated to us are: Leigh Parry, Goss Properties, Merle Mackereth, Karl Illenberger, Portela Property Group, Waterfront Estates and Pieter Rademeyer Developers.
THE RELAY RACE
The relay is one of the events organised by Greyvensteins to set the ball rolling for the year. 34 Teams of 5 runners each took part. The course was around St Georges Park opposite Greyvensteins offices. Each team member had to do one lap of 2.2km. Entry fee was R500 per team. Pieter Rademeyer sponsored the MES-team.
“We “trained” very hard by discussing the route and deciding who’s going to do which lap and who’s going to be the pom-pom leader. In the end we had 6 runners and 1 dog with Ian winning the title of “best Pom-pom leader. Greyvensteins would not enter the dog so it had to run with its owner. We thought a try was better than nothing!"
The batten that Marilize, principal of the Portela Property Group, made for MES took the focus away from all the young, athletic professional runners. It was the most beautiful “bling” batten – and we LOVE bling!” The team were: Elize Bester (our skills lady), Reggie Treadway (driver and all-rounder), Johan Jacquire (Theresa’s husband), Sharesse Smith (Shelter supervisor) and Miranda Paulsen (social worker).
Setting your mind on playing a musical instrument is like falling in love, the whole world changes and seems brighter. Your heartbeat changes to mimic the music you listen to and your mind is able to connect the music to your soul. Music can lift your mood and change your state of mind. People who listen to music are often, more positive, calmer and are able to deal with difficult situations better.
Help us bring change, light and love to the youth at MES by donating musical instruments. Instruments you are no longer using could bring the life of music to the hearts of Hillbrow.
There are currently only 2 guitars that that shared among 12 students.
Every single donation will help each student receive more practise time which will increase the skills and confidence of these souls who seek the comfort that music can provide.
Although there currently is an instructor at the after school programme, where the lessons take place, any musical expertise will also be welcome.
The Youth Enrichment Programme has been given the opportunity to be a part of the national planning for #imagine, a movement of young believers, thinkers and doers who want to answer to God’s calling.
It is also a partnership of youth pastors, youth workers, ministry networks, institutions and companies that take hands with the Dutch Reformed Church family to ensure that the church of tomorrow steps up to the calling.
#imagine 2016 was incredible. The entire experience was amazing. It made me feel rejuvenated and helped me to connect with God, once more. After everything, it was worth spending the weekend and connecting with God. – Arthur Mukhari, #imagine 2016, Cape Town.
#imagine was awesome!! The fact that thousands of youth/young people come together for Jesus and to celebrate what he did for us on the cross and as an example for us; to do the same to love like he loved. – Tebza Mabye, #imagine 2016, Johannesburg.
The purpose of the #imagine project is to invite the youth to the world of Christ and the benefits of being a believer. This is done in a language and by people who understand the pressures the youth face each day.
The aim of the #imagine project with are:
Some of the highlights we expect in the process are: