We are very pleased to continue supporting the ‘Adopt a mission’ initiative in South Africa, a volunteer lead charity that aims to provide support to disadvantaged communities.

Adopt a mission aims to helps break the cycle of crime and poverty in the Rugby/Brooklyn area of the Western Cape by providing support and food to the people that need it most. The fantastic initiative also provides transport for local children so that they can participate in education programmes as well as working with local businesses to facilitate employment.

A growing project…

During the recent difficulties in relation to COVID-19, communities have been put under additional pressure to help those in need whilst also dealing with the increased issues surrounding social distancing and increased hygiene practice.

Our Procurement Manager Riaan and his wife Anika have been supporting the project for the last few years and feeding the most vulnerable out on the streets.

Anika says:

“When we joined this project, the charity was feeding around 100 – 120 people on a weekly basis.  During the last few months this has grown to 300 – 400 people weekly and we now hand out roughly ZAR 8 000 worth of vegetables and fresh fruit each month.”

The food care packages play an important role in the community with one of the volunteers remarking that when local children were provided with their fresh produce they were excitedly singing “thank you for my carrot, and thank you for my potato”.

Assisting with rehabilitation

Adopt a mission provides guidance and support to addicts in the local community too through the ‘Transformation’ and ‘Work for Food’ Programmes. The Transformation initiative aims to break the system of crime and poverty in Brooklyn by assisting with the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicts.

Through the promotion of teamwork, respect and punctuality, the Work for Food Programme aims to establish good working habits. This initiative looks to re-integrate the homeless and unemployed back into work and also provide a way to develop skills that would be useful in a working environment.

Find out more

If you would like to read more about Jupiter’s support of local communities or about the Adopt a mission project in South Africa, you can do so on the news section of our website.

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