Jeeva Foundation celebrates Uitenhage’s heroines ahead of Women’s Day 2016

BY JESICA SLABBERT - AUGUST 9, 2016

The universal spirit of women empowerment was celebrated on Friday at an event sponsored and hosted by the Port Elizabeth-based Jeeva Foundation as a group of elderly Uitenhage women were brought together for tea and snacks ahead of the 60th anniversary of Women’s Day on Tuesday.

The women were from Makukhanye, a KwaNobuhle-based NGO that cares for senior citizens in the Uitenhage area.

Speaking at the event, Munir Jeeva, from the Jeeva Foundation - and also the CEO at Afri-Save Cash & Carry, said looking after senior citizens was an important element of the foundation.

“We take pride in our Senior citizen heroines, the fabric of our communities. Communities are important for the Jeeva Foundation, the Foundation focuses on charity and development work in communities of Uitenhage, Grahamstown and the greater Nelson Mandela area,” described Jeeva

“This year, our Foundation Women’s month’s celebration will acknowledge real pillars of our communities and our families. Our very brave mothers; grandmothers and sisters, who are now in the golden ages of their lives.”

Jeeva said that in many developing countries, older persons are especially vulnerable to exclusion, and that it is important for the private sector, government and charitable organisations to keep senior citizens, especially those from communities with high levels of poverty and poor income equality, high on the agenda.

“You, our Diamond Senior Citizens, continue to keep us inspired, together, encouraged, motivated and nourished. Whether it is on the physical or emotional level, often these come at the cost of personal self-sacrifice against the backdrop of severe socio-economic challenges,” he described.

Makukhanye regularly arranges group activities for 225 senior citizens from Uitenhage and Despatch.  Its Co-ordinator, Felicity Sididi spoke of the constant challenges her centre faces, especially transport.

“We also have challenges, because sometimes the ladies don’t have the transport needed to go to events outside. We also have a challenge with the place, the place that they are meeting are small places, they are using their homes to meet,” said Sididi.

The Jeeva Foundation also sponsored a lucky draw for the event, where winners could receive prizes such as deodorant hampers, soup hampers, and a gas heater.

All the ladies were also provided with groceries and electric heaters at the event as well. 

 

Image: Caption (from left to right): Thandile Tu, Georgina Klaas, Matilda Mboya, Munir Jeeva