At CAST’s Community Empowerment Centre in Chesterville, Nomakaya Mpambaniso (CAST’s Chesterville Community Co-ordinator) leads a counselling support group for those in the community. Every week the group comes together for support, sewing and knitting projects, as well as fun games and activities. Most of the group members receive food parcels from CAST, which helps to supplement their diet. This past week Sinikithemba celebrated Youth Day by having group members dress up in school uniforms and playing school games to encourage staying active.
Below is the story of how the Sinikithemba Support Group has impacted the life of a group member, in her own words:
My name is Lindiwe Dlamini. I love God, and am very much appreciative to God for sacrificing his only Son Jesus Christ, and I am also in love with my community and my people.
I heard about the Sinikithemba Support Group (meaning ‘we bring hope’) and CAST, and volunteered there. This is where I met Mam’Glad, Carol, Lizzie, Mam’Njazi, Makhosi, with social workers and others – good people I met.
When I met these people on this particular day I was happy, excited and blessed to meet them. I listened attentively that everything they spoke about had Christian values and principles; they spoke about helping needy people in the community, respect, giving faith to the faithless and also assisting the needy with food parcels.
I was led by a Bible verse from Psalms 23 that says, “The Lord is Shepherd I shall not want.”
So I thought about the initiatives that were spoken about in the meeting and I had faith again and went out to the community to tell people of CAST and the Sinikithemba Support Group. More people were interested so Mam’Glad spoke to social worker that assisted a lot in the community.
People that are assisted in this community have hope, faith, respect and love. CAST has also led them closer to Christ.
We also assist people with counselling and refer them to the clinic, as well as helping the disabled and cleaning their homes if there is no one to help.
We thank you for the help and assistance, as well as the education and training, and the love we receive.
With this programme, you get all the assistance you need, even the ones who are on chronic medication have something nutritious to eat prior to taking treatment/medication.
We even visit schools to find out what problems they are facing and see where we can help as a group through the assistance of CAST.
In conclusion, we ask that CAST continue supporting communities like us because it makes a difference in the community and people gain hope, faith, and start living again and themselves go out to help others. We thank you for the great work and we love you guys.