RAMAKRISHNA NUTRITION PROGRAMME
Nutritional support is provided in the form of cooked meals, groceries, sandwiches, fruit and vegetables as well as bread and milk. Of note is the provision of cooked meals at Shastri Park (600) and Foresthaven (600) on a weekly basis.
In addition, families enrolled on the Centre's 12 month support programme receive spiritual guidance and counselling, monthly grocery hampers, various household items, medical support (including dentistry and eye tests), school uniforms, youth development, skills development for youth, women and men, legal aid (of special importance being drawing up of wills).
This method of holistic support has proven to uplift families to higher levels of well-being, improved self-esteem and an environment of peace and harmony in the home. The number of families enrolled in such holistic programmes is as follows: Newcastle (30) Shastri Park (43); Greenbury (43); Welbedacht (60); Ladysmith (100); Phoenix general (199); Umlazi (15); Verulam (25) and Etete (35). During the festival of Diwali 3000 hampers were distributed which benefited approximately 15,000 people.
The Centre also offers support to other NGOs who have demonstrated a will and commitment in serving disadvantaged communities: Phoenix Alcoholics Rehabilitation Centre, Ramakrishna eThembeni Home, the Abalindi Welfare Society, Ramakrishna Abalindi Home, Kwa-Mashu Ekusizaneni Children's Home and Qiuisela Creche, Umlazi; JE Ndlovu High School, Kwa Mashu.
For the 2014 calendar year the estimated value of humanitarian assistance was R4.2m.