The Darul Ouwabeen Foundation has made a name for itself over the years with its school-holiday programmes, breakfast drives and aid to the elderly.
The Bonteheuwel-based foundation was started in 1987 by a group of men and women who wanted to unite the community while also keeping the youth busy and out of mischief.
The foundation runs several charity drives throughout the year, including breakfasts for school children and a winter soup kitchen.
This year it launched a clothing charity drive for Eid.
During the June and December school holidays, scores of children take part in programmes where they play sport and have fun, but also learn about the dangers of gangsterism and crime.
Muaawiyah Etalla, 25, a youth co-ordinator for the foundation, said it relied on community donations to keep going.
“It is important to keep this foundation running because it keeps the youth occupied and away from doing the wrong things. If we can create awareness in the two weeks that they are with us, we will equip them with a tool for many years,” Mr Etalla said.
“We are hoping to eradicate crime, poverty, and gangsterism within our communities and create some guidance for the youth. If they have a platform and are guided, they will be equipped with a tool for life,” he said.
The foundation’s last event for the year will be a food fair at the Bonteheuwel Multi-purpose Community Centre, on the corner of Jakkalsvlei Avenue and Elder Street, Bonteheuwel, on Saturday December 17, from 10am to 6pm.
For tickets, contact Mr Etalla at 079 681 5364.