Taking action in the mother city, Cheryl Wilson and her team connect with, feed, inspire and motivate those who are destitute. Her church continually encourages its members to help the community, and this, paired with a memorable moment, had a substantial impact on Cheryl. So much, that it lead to her founding Sarmie Mommiez, a non-profit organisation that uplifts impoverished communities.
Cheryl was moved by the account of a dance instructor who taught hip hop to underprivileged children. One afternoon, twin girls standing outside the classroom were peering at the instructor through the glass as she was teaching, their mouths hung open. When the instructor went outside to find what the matter was, the girls asked whether they could share the bubblegum she was chewing because they hadn’t eaten in a few days.
“There is nothing better than seeing that smile on someone’s face when they know they are getting a little something to eat.”
At that moment Cheryl decided that she’s going to start baking bread for hungry children. Today, Sarmie Mommiez has grown into a group that distributes clothing, toys and their homemade breads to as many hungry and needy people as possible. Their goal is straightforward: make a difference.
South Africa can become more harmonious, but we have to face and overcome numerous challenges, Cheryl elaborates.
“Poverty is a huge obstacle; people not having money for food or living hand to mouth. This type of struggle is far too real in underprivileged communities. Some individuals go without food for days or weeks, and it soon turns into a desperate situation. When parents don’t have money to look after their family and kids go hungry, all we can do is help.
We can help by standing together to educate those who are underprivileged. Giving them food is a start. But we need to the community’s help in educating our beautiful people so that they have the skills that enable them to make a living. We also need to teach people how to save money and use it wisely to be able to put some food on their tables every day.”
Although they work consistently to bridle hardships, the limited resources of Sarmie Mommiez prove problematic at times. Cheryl discusses the daily difficulties.
“In regards to helping other people, the struggle is real every day. We get a small sponsorship for bread, but we try to feed the needy weekly through donations and our own pockets. Our group makes soup and bread weekly, and distributes sandwiches daily. Using our own money, we buy various items for “mommy packs”, “daddy packs” and “kiddie packs”. The latter consists of a few snacks, and we make these specifically for Tygerberg Children’s hospital. The need is so big and there are so many people to help and to feed.”
Through giving and loving, we can change the country for the better. Cheryl shares her thoughts on moving from disharmony to harmony.
“If people have excellent support structures and people who care, they can foster a sense of purpose and boosts their being, their self-worth.
We need a government that supports non-profits, like ours, to help underprivileged communities, to fill the tummies of hungry adults and children.”
“Never lose hope.” The founder of Sarmie Mommiez explains why.
“Hope is not meant to be lost. Through hope you can see a way out of the current situation – it’s the rainbow after the storm. Hope is to believe in a new tomorrow, and, most importantly, to believe in yourself and that you can overcome any obstacle in front of you. We at Sarmie Mommiez never lose any hope that tomorrow will bring more food donations and more full tummies.”
If you’d like to find out more about Sarmie Mommiez or contribute to their cause, get in touch via Facebook here: Sarmie Mommiez Facebook.