Shower facilities for the destitute

The medical students who helped with the shower project are from the left, back row, Athi Magungxu and Amani Sujee while Mark Negre, Mu'minah Ahmed, Atanasio de Sousa, Faseeha Fredericks and Aaliya Suliman are in front.

Towers of Hope in Bloemfontein has been involved in changing lives of the vulnerable for many years. 2021 will be no different, as this non-profit organisation which reaches out to the broken, homeless and jobless of Bloemfontein, will be adding another service to its list in the form of showers for the destitute.

According to the organisation’s CEO, Rev. De Le Harpe Le Roux, providing showers for those living on the streets has been on the cards for a long time and this year it has finally become possible. One of the things they have come to realise over time, is that there are no adequate ablution facilities at the Towers of Hope for the homeless. This is something the staff of Towers of Hope has been working on.

Le Roux explained how they have been taking hands with various stakeholders, among others third-year medical students and the Witherow Trust, who provided funding for this project. He said the main aim is to serve the vulnerable living on the streets and to show them that God has not forgotten them.

The ablution facilities at Towers of Hope available for the homeless.

“We decided to get it moving this year and we are looking forward to trying it out and providing another service to the men and ladies living on the streets.”

The idea is to, once a week, park the shower trailer at the space they have equipped for it outside the church. “It has hot water, shower gel and towels for use. Due to the fact that ladies have different needs, we will start out with the men and later on equip it for the ladies,” he said.

“We will compile a list of people for every Thursday and intend having not more than six people on the day. They can come and have a shower and a haircut and get clean clothes. We are hoping to also build some relationships with them during this process.”

Third-year medical student, Faseeha Fredericks, told Bloemfontein Courant they are a group of 13 students who have decided to get involved with the church. “Our role in this project was to support and we have supplied everything they would need in order to get the project running.”

The students provided towels, wash cloths, deodorants, lotions, mats and other necessities as well as getting together donors for the project.

Sazly Hartzenberg