Donation : Mosadie Gives Back

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Shanaaz Allie is well known in the community as the Mother Theresa of Mitchells Plain and is the founder of Mosadie Gives Back.
Mosadie Gives Back is a non-profit, volunteer feeding scheme for children and families living in Tafelsig Mitchell’s Plain driven by Shanaaz owner of Mosadie Hair and Beauty Bar (now closed due to lockdown). Shanaaz used to take 10% of her turnover to feed the needy.  She is now dependent on donations to run her feeding scheme!

As a resident of Tafelsig for 25 years, she has witnessed poverty, rape, murder, and gang violence, but it is the hunger that keeps her up at night. It reminds her of her own youth, growing up on the street and hungry. The children she feeds are as young as two years old and come from homes of abuse, neglect, and/or extreme poverty. She made a promise to herself at a young age to help feed the hungry when she had the means.

She is a remarkable warrior, and through her belief in G-d, hard work, and determination she became a qualified hairdresser in her late teens. Thirty years later overcoming many obstacles she was able to open Mosadie Hair, a hair salon in Sea Point, Cape Town (which is now closed.)

She employs five full-time staff from her community and continues to struggle to keep afloat. She lives a humble life, she has no car, she takes public transport, and she supports her entire family.

Mosadie Gives Back plays an integral role in the Mitchells Plain community. It simply cannot stop feeding the children it has been supporting for the past two years. To do so would have a disastrous impact on their lives! Sadly, the lockdown has exacerbated the situation and hunger is now a daily battle. For many, their school, which is closed due to lockdown, was their only access to at one square meal a day provided by the government-subsidised National School Nutrition Programme.