Maranatha Nieu Bethesda is an exciting new project of Maranatha Streetworkers Trust. We were challenged by the Dept of Social Development to expand our services to the rural areas and we were lead to Nieu Bethesda. The long term vision is to establish a Child and Youth Carte Centre for Primary School Children here to accommodate children from the surrounding towns instead of them having to go to centres in Port Elizabeth. Help us reach this dream by making a donation. We are currently busy with community developmental programmes in the suburb of Pienaarsig.
Feeding The Needy
Auntie Evelynes Soup Kitchen
Antie Evelynes Soup Kitchen provides a cooked meal to children and adults who are in need of support. Food parcels are also handed out to deserving families. We cannot help every-one and therefore we screen to recipients of the support. We appeal to anyone that travels regulary to Graaf Reinett, that can assist us to deliver food parcels.
There is a big need in the community for developmental programmes. We have linked up with youth leaders in the community and are helping them to establish reading groups for toddlers, a mother and toddler group, drama and choir groups. We will also bring the professional team up from PE to present awareness programmes on drug abuse, good parenting skills, child safety and others.
There is very little to do in Nieu Bethesda so we have strengthened the Bloublommetjiesvlei Sport Club by giving them new sporting equipment to keep the youth busy. We also arrange regular big screen movie nights and BINGO evenings for the residents. Sport can also, under the right conditions, provide healthy alternatives to deviant behaviour such as drug abuse, violence and crime.