Ready to serve

Mitchell’s Plain Welfare Organisation receptionist Nawaal Abrahams, in-take officer Fieroza Brenner, social worker Christine Qokelwa, administrator Zainab Amod and social worker Ibtisaam Rossier.

Mitchell’s Plain Welfare Organisation staff are ready to serve the most vulnerable with food, counselling and support to heal their families.

They recently relocated to Westridge Shopping Centre, 5 Simonsig Avenue.

The 21-year-old non-profit organisation first opened its doors at the OGS building, corner of First Street and Fourth Avenue, in Eastridge, and then Shop 8, in Park Avenue, Rocklands,

The office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4.30pm and Friday from 9am until noon. For more information or donate visit them or call 021 391 2261.

Founder and director, Maulana Shaheed Lakay, started the organisation in 2001 to assist the needy with basic marital classes and counselling sessions to families.

He also provided them with food parcels.

The organisation has since grown with the help of the community, its staff, board members, volunteers, donors and the Department of Social Development.

Mr Lakay said the organisation aimed to empower the poorer communities of Mitchell’s Plain and its surrounding areas through providing basic counselling to families and children; and encouraging the spirit of self-reliance.

“It is our vision to have a self-reliant and safe society. We have adopted a family-centred approach, and aim to preserve families,” he said.

They offer marital counselling, individual counselling, family counselling, step-parent and step-children counselling, and help children to cope with divorce.

Mr Lakay said they also receive referrals from other organisation and in turn they refer clients if they cannot assist

“We have marriage and family enrichment programmes, parental skills workshops, as well as fatherhood rights and responsibilities workshops,” he said.

To donate or for more information visit their Westridge office or call 021 391 2261.