Ruth and Cenci (“the Chef”) do an amazing job on the streets of Pretoria North taking care of the homeless. Every day after work they start preparing meals for close to 200 people and then start doing their rounds at eight in the evening, dishing out food and attending to minor injuries. Not only do they feed these people sleeping in the streets, but they also find donations in all forms to clothe them, assist them with finding jobs, organise lifts to hospitals when needed, and even educate when the need arises.
Their ultimate goal is to find suitable space from where they can run a shelter offering these street people accommodation and meals they can return to after their day in the sun working as car guards, recyclers, and simply walking the streets trying to find employment.
This couple is not a registered NPO but simply do what they feel is the right thing to do.
The costs to cover the following most basic needs easily runs into R5000 to R10000 PER WEEK :
- Electricity to prepare food.
- Fuel to distribute the food.
- Medical supplies to attend to minor injuries.
- A multitude of other expenses for example polystyrene containers to dish up in.
Ruth and Cenci do receive a fair amount of monetary donations every week from donors worldwide, and also a large number of local food donations. However, they still sponsor a large portion of these costs themselves.
And that is the reason we appeal to you for donations – 10 X R100 donations can cover the costs of their operation for one evening!
You may donate at any time. Please deposit your donation directly in Ruth’s bank account:
Beneficiary: Ruth Jacobs
Account number: 58169366
Branch Code: 632005
Reference: Use the name of the person or the project you would like the money to go towards, else use “Mense Gee Om”