Friday, June 27, 2008

Concerning Oranges

UPDATE FOR CONCERNED HELPERS

I didn't have anything to do this Wednesday so I decided to take a drive and distribute some food (Usually I reserve this for Thursdays after my lectures or the weekend but campus is closed now so I have some free time) Just two things I want to mention about the Feeding Initiative
1 - I wasnt happy with the bunny Chows I was getting for 3 Rand (It was described as 'coloured bread') so what I want to do instead is pay the usual amount (4 rand each) but this way I can demand quality - I want to distribute food that I would eat myself and also - ive been thinking alot about this hadith
Narrated by Anas (RA): Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “No one of you becomes true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
The downside is that I have to cut down on a few bunnies a week, but I don't know - what are your thoughts?
2 - This type of initiative should have some sort of ripple effect on other sectors therefore I'm going to support street vendors and hawkers instead of the bigger franchises out there - again - there is a problem - I might get the stuff slightly cheaper at Fruit and Veg city (economies of scale etc) but I think we should help the little guy out. Again - I am open to suggestions.
Its the winter season now and we all need as much vitamin C as we can get - Oranges are a great source of vitamin C so with that in mind this week I distributed oranges amongst two communities (Two Informal settlements in Reservoir Hills)
140 oranges in Mjs boot :)
Distributed five bags (pockets?) at the first settlement. My intention was to give them all there but there were more oranges than people so I went to another settlement further up. This was a much more galvanising (I don't want to use the word satisfying because the last thing I want to do is distribute food with pride in my heart) experience as the settlement was very quiet - so I went door to door giving them out. We hardly appreciate the stuff we have until we see grown women scrambling for a few fruit. To me it was just an orange, something to juggle when I'm passing time, but to these people it was so much more. All in all, seven bags were distributed.

I'd like to thank all the bloggers who have contributed in some way to this initiative. I have approached some companies as well to help out - This has to be sustainable - I don't want it to be a once off thing. If you want to contribute - please e-mail me for my banking details.

Also - for those who are curious as to how this works - its really simple. I use whatever money I get to buy food and I personally distribute it so that way theres no middle man or admin costs or anything like that. Usually I buy thirty Bunny Chows a week, but if anyone would like to help with distribution or would like to sponsor food or something, let me know.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed in some way.

MJ

2 comments:

Zahera said...

What an excellent idea! :-) Good job Emmy- its always so wonderful to see people giving to thsoe who arent as fortunate. May Allah Ta'ala reward you in abundance! Ameen and may it also encourage more people to go out of their way and do such good deeds (without like you said- feeling proud about it in a farcial kind of way).

Lady said...

i love the pic!!!!!! of the kids with the oranges