Badisa has many churches which support the work we do in various communities. The next few months we’d like to give recognition to the churches and congregations which assist our programmes.
This month we would like to thank two congregations of the Uniting Reformed Church (URCSA), which support Badisa Kuilsriver. “URC Sarepta and URC Kalkfontein often open their doors for our community projects. They offer a safe and secure space to the members of the community to attend projects without asking anything in return. We are very grateful for the partnership between Badisa and these congregations”, says Jevon Barry, community developer at Badisa Kuilsriver.
URC Sarepta and URC Kalkfontein have become central hubs from where Badisa Kuilsriver can serve the community. During the month of June, Ackermans generously donated 500 fleece blankets, 1000 loaves of bread, 500 cans of jam and 500 bottles of peanut butter. These items were distributed to the community from the URC Sarepta congregation. “We distributed these care packages to 500 individuals, such as single parents, foster care parents, children, pensioners, seasonal farmworkers”, says Mr. Barry.
During the July holidays, URC Kalkfontein gave their facilities to Badisa to present the annual winter school holiday programme to hundreds of children. The goal of this programme is to offer children a fun programme in a safe environment with two nutritious meals a day to keep them safe during the school holidays. The programme also includes various speakers that inform the children on topics such as drug awareness, caring for pets, community safety and how to take care of your body. Apart from the congregation, other partners are also involved, such as:
- Cape of Good Hope SPCA Ani-Pal
- Meridian Pinehurst School, Brackenfell
- Eersterivier Hospital Children’s Ward Personnel
- Kuils River Youth Trust NPO
- Woolworths Soneike (food donations)
Mr Barry: “Badisa Kuilsriver cannot thank URC Sarepta and URC Kalkfontein enough for the important role they play by providing safe spaces where the people from the community can come together and be served by Badisa.”