CAST Savings Club Story: Mama Khombisile
Mama Khombisile is incredibly passionate about wonder bags! She joined CAST’s Chesterville Savings Club with the intention of putting aside R50 ($3.84) a month to purchase materials for the wonder bags.
As she explains, “This is a big opportunity to open my own business.”
At the moment, Mama Khombisile supports herself by selling bottles and cans to be recycled. She also receives a CAST food parcel to supplement her diet.
Her granddaughter lives with relatives in Inanda, and is in Grade 10. Gogol Khombisile would like to use some of her savings for her granddaughter’s school uniform and further education.
More recently Mama Khombisile became the treasurer of CAST’s Chesterville Savings Club.
Mama Khombisile is one of the many local community members who benefits from CAST’s development programmes and is working hard to achieve her future goals. To make a contribution towards CAST’s various programmes, such as Relief Services (food parcels & clothing) or Business Development, contact CAST at: 031 266 8830 or email@example.com
CAST distributes 300 food parcels to those living below the poverty line. These food parcels are handed out in 7 communities. A recent survey of the poverty levels of food parcel recipients showed that 89% earn an income of less than R 1 500 for the whole family per month. It also showed that 77% of the food recipients’ diet does not include the correct food groups, resulting in the rise of obesity and malnutrition.
77% of food parcel recipients have a family member suffering from diabetes or hypertension. Due to these findings, CAST has taken steps to partner with a member from Westville Baptist, Jenny Russel, from Diabetes South Africa. Jenny shared recent statistics which revealed that, in KwaZulu-Natal alone, there are 1.3 million diagnosed diabetics in state health facilities. Every day, 6 amputations are carried out in hospitals, which could have been prevented if people were eating correctly or diagnosed and treated early.
During the next ministry day when we hand out food parcels, a health education talk about diabetes will be given to all the food parcel recipients who will also have their blood pressure taken and be screened for diabetes. We will be able to refer those to the local clinic who are needing treatment and ongoing care.
To screen each food parcel recipient, it will cost CAST R20 per person. This simple test could change a person’s life. If you would like to donate R20 towards supporting a food parcel recipient to be screened for diabetes and hypertension, please contact Sandy Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 031 266 8830.
This Sunday is also CAST Food Parcel Sunday. A R200 donation will provide a food parcel for a family of four for two weeks.
CAST is a registered non-profit: 085-077 NPO. Donations are deductible in term of Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.
Bank Details: CAST Trust, Nedbank, Westville Mall/138 026, No: 101 7717 672