Please join Spirit Voyage and Guru Ram Das Kundalini Yoga Studio in Cape Town, South Africa in supporting Rosie’s Soup Kitchen!
The damaging effects of apartheid are still being felt in South Africa. During that regime, many settlements sprang up on the outskirts of Cape Town, and the regime created “black neighborhoods” in attempt to deal with the problem. One of these neighborhoods is called Khayelitsha, and it is the largest township in Cape Town. A population of about 406,000 live there, 40% of whom are under the age of 19, and almost three-quarters in shacks. 1 in 3 people do not have immediate access to water, and have to walk at least 200m to get it.
About 20 years ago, a woman named Rosie and her sister Tandy began feeding the people of their community. They weren’t sure where the food and supplies would come from, but had faith in the work they were doing. Today they feed between 350-400 people a day, mostly children, out of a 10ft x10ft shack. In recent years, donations from international organizations have become scarce, and Rosie often runs out of supplies. There are times when she has to turn people away because she cannot feed them.
Two years ago, Rosie and the people at Guru Ram Das Yoga Studio met at a yoga class taught by Gurmukh. Guru Ram Das Studio began supporting Rosie, calling her monthly to ask what she needs most. Monetary donations are used to purchase the needed items and deliver them to her, as she doesn’t accept cash. The Guru Ram Das Yoga Studio website says, “We remain committed to promoting change by donating a considerable portion of the proceeds from our classes, workshops and sponsors to server food to children in Khayelitsha. It’s GIVING that makes to world go ’round and its GIVING with LOVE that Saves the Day! This is the way we make the love grow!”
In this season of giving, consider supporting Spirit Voyage’s donation drive for Rosie’s Soup Kitchen. Any size donation can help Rosie’s Soup Kitchen continue it’s mission to serve the people of Khayelitsha township.