Last week, we met Mama Palesa, a grandmother in Lamontville who has been empowered through CAST’s various programmes. During the next several weeks, CAST would like to introduce you to several women living in the community of Lamontville who are actively involved in CAST.
Initially intended for Durban’s African middle class, Lamontville is Durban’s oldest township. A historically and culturally rich community, Lamontville remains a major athletic, artistic, and political hub.
As a result, many individuals move to Lamontville from the farms to find work. One of those individuals is Princess. In 2005 Princess came from the Eastern Cape with a friend to work in Lamontville. However, when her friend passed, Princess was left alone. For work she cleaned at a take-away kitchen in Chatsworth, but after the birth of her son she lost her job.
Fast-forward to 2013, Princess is raising three boys on her own, struggling to make ends meet. A friend that attended Lamontville Baptist Church told Princess about CAST. She met with CAST’s Lamontville Area Coordinator and was put on the food parcel programme.
Currently, Princess cleans at a salon a few hours a week for work, but she plans to sell clothing in the near future as an additional income to support her sons.
Just like Mama Palesa, Princess received holistic services from CAST. CAST believes that true transformation happens when we move beyond just charity to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of people. Our goal is that those individuals receiving food parcels will be empowered through CAST’s Business Development programme to become self-sufficient. Additionally, CAST’s Counselling, Youth Development, and Educational programmes are able to support the entire family. Our community churches also provide a spiritual home for many of the families CAST works with.
Oftentimes, food parcels become the beginning step for individuals to receive holistic care from CAST. CAST is always looking for volunteers who can donate, pack, or deliver food parcels. If you are interested in reaching out with practical compassion through CAST’s food parcels, please contact Rachel, CAST’s Food Parcel Ministry Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.