THE Methodist church of Southern Africa Young Men’s Guild was lauded by Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle during its Hands of Compassion community programme launch in Mlungisi.
The campaign includes using the Boy Scout Society to mentor young boys, the Navigator Men Development Programme to groom and build men in the community, a soup kitchen and an initiative to build a shelter for children living on the streets.
Masualle was complimentary about the work of the Guild, which first invited him in 2014. At the time, he said, he was unable to attend but sent a colleague.
“He told me I was called to accept a cheque for several thousand Rand which was very unusual,” Masualle said.
“The men of the church said they collected the money to assist TB wards in hospitals. I was struck because the norm is for people to ask government for assistance.”
He thanked the congregation. “I am yet to find an active and relevant body of this nature. You are an example that I will always speak about.”
Masualle said communities should work with a sense of urgency in supporting and caring for people.
SUPERSPAR owner Sandy Mills, who has been spearheading an initiative to assist street children for years, said food alone was not enough.
Mills urged more stakeholders to join to resolve the root problems of children who live on the streets.
Enoch Mgijima executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha and Chris Hani executive mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo said both municipalities were willing to support the initiative.
Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima said society no longer produced real men from initiation schools.
An initiation curriculum to teach young man about the real essence of manhood, was needed.
The outreach programme handed more than 51 pairs of school shoes to underprivileged pupils from four different schools including a number of children from informal settlements.
During a church service aimed at elderly men, a group of men were given blankets and gowns.