Philadelphia Ark

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The PHASA Foundation is an NPO functioning within the wildlife management sector. The foundation supports a variety of projects pertaining to research, conservation and livelihoods being undertaken by existing NPOs, and is empowered by various business owners who share an interest in wildlife management and inbound tourism. By supporting one of our projects, you are helping to feed an orphan, provide shelter for a homeless person or support a farmer in need, or contributing towards the sustainability of animals. Your contribution is greatly appreciated, regardless of the amount. I would like to share some insights with you into one of our ongoing projects.

Philadelphia supplies a charitable service to needy, poor and destitute people in Pretoria and surrounding areas. The following is a short summary of its activities.

Scope of activities: Churches, missions, soup kitchens, households, and individuals involved in welfare distribution to the poor and needy are being assisted by Philadelphia, mainly in areas affected by adverse political and economic development in Pretoria West, Brits and Hartebeespoort.

Food distribution: There is a network of farmers, supermarkets, bakeries, butcheries and members of the public donating foodstuffs and other life necessities for distribution to impoverished members of their community, especially women and children. The project distributes, among others, vegetables donated by farmers in the Brits area, fruit, bread, maize meal, meat and groceries. All kinds of donations are carefully scrutinised, sorted, packed and refrigerated for redistribution to individuals, churches, homes and missions. Food is also processed and distributed to the poor. Essential labour is involved in cooking and processing, preserving, drying and freezing food. The preference is to donate food to organised soup kitchens where food distribution is properly supervised and controlled, especially to needy children, the disabled, the infirm and the elderly.

Clothing & bedding: Philadelphia has a well-organised clothing and bedding store where donated materials are inspected, quality-controlled and distributed to needy people, in general, and to pregnant women and children, in particular.

Accommodation: At present, some 100 people who are destitute, or cannot afford high rentals, are being accommodated in Wendy houses, and provided with water and electricity, and three meals per day. Those who can afford to pay a minimal amount, contribute to the cost of services and transport. Those who cannot afford a contribution, assist with duties such as cooking, deliveries, food processing, maintenance and transport. Everybody is informed of the virtue of labour and those who can work, work on the farm and are paid a weekly stipend for their personal needs.

Health, medical and spiritual assistance: People living on the premises at Kameeldrift West who are taken ill or in need of medical attention, the disabled and pensioners are assisted free of charge with, among others, visiting hospitals, clinics and banks. Spiritual guidance is provided on a daily basis for those who need it. Regular morning prayer services and Bible studies are offered for those who wish to attend. There is a small chapel on the farm where anybody who wishes to meditate and pray, may do so.

Schooling: A home-schooling facility has been erected for elementary schoolchildren on the premises, with two qualified teachers to teach children in their home language, according to their culture and religion. High school children go to public high schools in the nearby town. Children are provided with daily transport to and from school, and receive assistance with homework at an aftercare facility while parents are at work.

Finances: Philadelphia is totally dependent on donations. The successful management of this extensive ministry demands genuine faith and an uncompromising attitude towards moral issues regarding the plight of the homeless. The project receives no state funding.

Vision for the future

* Transport and housing infrastructure must be addressed.
* More people are needed to extend the welfare effort to more areas across South Africa.
* More places of welfare and assistance must be created.
* Well-organised and better equipped institutions are crucial for rendering assistance to men, women and children in need.