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The following article featuring our Soup Kitchen appeared in the Northern News 01/07/2015 :

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Goodwood's homeless feel spirit of Ramadaan

The Quloobul Moe’mineen Mosque in Goodwood is sharing the spirit of Ramadaan by handing out food to the homeless.
On Thursday June 25, more than 50 people lined up outside a home in Goodwood Street, to receive some soup and bread from the kitchen run by the mosque’s working committee.
Amina Lee, 33, has been living on the streets for four years, and said initiatives such as these put a smile on her face.
“We look forward to days like this because it’s really tough out there. We don’t always have a meal before we sleep, and it’s very cold at night to sleep without a good meal.”
She ended up on the streets because of family problems, but still tries to visit her three children who stay at her parents’ house in Kalksteenfontein. It’s really cold out here, but we survive the days. “We have to carry on,” said Ms Lee. Brandon Meyer, 18, has been on the streets from the age of 13.

“I came to the streets to find a better life. Where I grew up there was lots of gangsters, and I didn’t want to live that life.”
Life s tough on the streets, he says, but he takes each day as it comes.
“I’m very happy when people help us and give us food, but sometimes I also feel ashamed that I can’t provide for myself. We all like to feel that we have some importance.”
He said despite his struggles, he remained humble because it was his choice to live on the streets.
Zoe Valentine, 21, has been on the streets for 5 years. She said the soup had brightened up her wet winter’s day. 

Faizel Prince, 32, ended up on the streets 17 years ago, after a six-year-jail term for car theft. “When I came out of jail, I went to my granny’s house to find out that the house was sold, and I had no place to go, but the streets.”

He is a qualified mechanic, but can’t find work because of his criminal record.
Mr Prince said he looked forward to getting food from people, especially during winter.
Whalied Said, the secretary of the Goodwood Islamic Society of which the mosque falls under, said the soup kitchen started more than three years ago. It is run by a few women who live in the area.
They started the soup kitchen because of the great need in the community and a desire to do something good. They get donations from individuals and businesses in the area.“We know what comes in, and what goes out into the community. If we need or run short of supplies, we buy so that we keep up the good work,” said Mr Said. 

He said they also give food once a week to an old age home in Goodwood, as well as families in the area.

“Often people are shocked when they hear the need is so big in Goodwood. They have a mindset that the area is middle class, but there is a great demand for these kind of initiatives. It is on our doorstep, and we have to see to the people closest to us,” said Mr Said.
He said the women running the kitchen were doing a great job. They did it out of the goodness of their hearts and for the sake of Allah.
“We feel so fulfilled after helping other people, and seeing a smile on their faces. We are glad that we can help others, because you don’t know when you can end up in the same position,” said Nazlee Arendse, 46 from Parow.


For more information, or any donations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Whalied Said on 082 567 0782.

 

Tasneem Hassan

Northern News - Goodwood