Temperatures in Central South Africa continues to drop with the approaching cold front. Unfortunately not everyone can afford to be protected from the elements, especially during the cold weather.
Non-profit organisations play a pivotal role in providing shelter and comfort to those who need it. Bloemfontein Courant spoke to representatives of Towers of Hope and Bloem Shelter, two Bloemfontein NPOs, to find out how people can assist them in providing much needed help during the winter months.
Towers of Hope is a Christian, non-profit organisation that reaches out to homeless, unemployed people and those who are emotionally scarred. They collect warm clothes, non-perishable foods and blankets through their Winter Hope Blanket Drive. They also give to other shelters in need. The organisation also has a weekly a soup kitchen.
Bloem Shelter’s Izak Botes expressed the organisation’s need for finances, electricity, food and medication. He also mentioned some of the struggles the shelter faces such as overcrowding and a shortage of food and blankets. Bloem Shelter offers a three month programme called the Pathway to Holistic Development which teaches people how to create their own income. Participants are awarded a certificate after completing the programme.
Members of the public are urged to get involved by donating blankets and non-perishable foods to these respective organisations.
For more information, contact Izak Botes at 082 463 5916 or visit www.bloemshelter.co.za. You can contact Towers of Hope at 051-430-4274 or visit www.towersofhope.org.