Early Saturday, 8 August 2014, the Humanitarians, woke up early to make 100 peanut butter and jam sandwiches in under 30 minutes. Thereafter after a quick brief for the day we left at 9.45am to distribute the sandwiches at Grand Parade, Cape Town CBD area. Sandwiches were delivered to the homeless people because we acknowledge the daily struggles they endure. As much as possible we opted for a nutritious meal to keep them full for the day. We met people from all walks of life, young and old and engaged with them as we gave them their meal. It is important that as Humanitarians we engage with the people that we come across in whatever campaign we are conducting. At the end of the day, its not about toxic charity and more about what can others gain from our presence and engagement is one way of providing that on such campaigns.
By 10.30am all sandwiches were handed out. We had some people asking for coffee which we took into consideration for our next campaign followed by increasing our sandwiches to 300 sandwiches. As with any campaign resources and funding to obtain our resources is a struggle. For this campaign the Humanitarians kindly donated from their own pockets. It must be remembered that we do not receive any income from the NPO.
“Successful day in that it more than just handing out sandwiches. Engaging and communicating with the homeless made the day much more worth it.”
Humanitarians in Action!