Welcome to our new Receiver, MES!

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Welcome to our new Receiver, MES (Mould - Empower - Serve).

Cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Kempton Park face pervasive socio-economic and developmental challenges that need innovative intervention. These challenges include health, housing, unemployment, basic needs and spiritual well-being of vulnerable people. As a result, MES focusses on:

•    Poverty alleviation and spiritual and community enrichment
•    Education and skills development services 
•    Professional health and social work services

They not only offer a wide spectrum of services that address poverty, but their programs also assist vulnerable individuals to lead meaningful lives and empower them towards a sustainable livelihood. 

Strategic partnerships and close collaboration with organisations in the private and public sectors, churches and caring individuals are imperative in response to these challenges.

What is the Winter Hope initiative all about?  It is simply bringing hope and warmth to cities in South Africa.

The WINTER HOPE project is a partnership of giving, which has grown in reach and influence over the past 19 years. This year’s partners comprise a national footprint of organisations, which is led by MES (Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town), PEN (Pretoria), Towers of Hope (Bloemfontein) and the Denis Hurley Centre (Durban).

The Winter HOPE drive encourages everyone to collect warm winter clothes, blankets, and non-perishable food items for distribution to people in need during the cold winter months. Last year more than 4 400 blankets and just over 2 000 beanies were collected via the Winter HOPE drive. Approximately 7 000 shopping bags with clothing items and non-perishables were gathered, and more than a 1 000 people were provided with shelter during the campaign.

Everyone is welcome to get involved in Winter HOPE – to help give hope and bring warmth to those who need it most. Drop-off points have been set up for easy access in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein, as well as smaller towns in the outlying districts. Cash donations are also welcome and can be made here.

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