The Simanye Community Nutritional and Development Centre in Kimberley celebrated Heritage Day as part of its efforts to restore dignity to the local community it serves.
THE SIMANYE Community Nutritional and Development Centre in Kimberley celebrated Heritage Day as part of its efforts to restore dignity to the local community it serves.
The celebration was hosted at the organisation’s premises in Roodepan on September 23.
The non-profit organisation (NPO) specialises in taking care of disabled persons, those with chronic illness and the elderly.
It further assists with securing learnerships for young people in need.
This is the second time that the centre has held a Heritage Day celebration, the first being last year.
The organisation’s spokesperson, Ashwin Goolamhosse, said this year’s heritage celebration was much smaller than last year’s event due to a lack of funding and limited resources.
“Unfortunately, this year we struggled to secure resources because our ward is once again experiencing a bi-election for a new councillor due to service delivery challenges,” said Goolamhosse.
He added that they are still waiting for the Department of Social Development to approve their funding.
“We last received funding in September 2022, but we are still operating on a daily basis, providing food to the community.
“We appeal to the community to please assist our organisation with donations.
“Vulnerable people from the community knock on our doors on a daily basis for assistance and we try our utmost best to secure services for them. We want to bring services to the community but our hands are tied, while our beneficiaries increase on a daily basis.”