“Jesus is Lord, I feel so proud to be among other youngsters that preach the gospel and lend a helping hand”-Malunga
By California Dube
In spite of all the hurdles he had to overcome to reach greater heights, he remained eager and stood up for himself and his community. It came as no surprise when he decided to establish a community outreach project that assists more than a hundred people in the most disadvantaged areas of Ekurhuleni.
Simphiwe Malunga who is a founder of the Kasi Outreach that was incepted in December 2018, says he wanted to minister to God’s people through this project. While speaking to Student Living, the 24-year-old Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate revealed that he has always had a strong aspiration to give back to the less privileged.
“As I would always advise close friends and family, nothing is as good as reflecting on your background. I have always had a strong desire to give back to the less fortunate and I figured; why not start now with the little that I have? Besides, I have been in their shoes for quite some time and that’s where the need came about” says Malunga.
According to him, the Kasi Outreach is a faith-based group that consists of members that operate in the City of Ekurhuleni. However, it is non-registered and does not belong to a denomination although its standards are instilled in Christian values. Members of the community outreach routinely donate to the underprivileged residents who reside in the City’s informal settlement with hampers and clothing.
However, the inspiring youngster also opened up about the obstacles he had encountered along his journey to make the venture a success. “I have encountered challenges such as financial constraints and having people drag their feet. Apart from that, I must say – I had a hectic upbringing, I know how it feels to go to bed on an empty stomach and I know how it feels to have plenty. I believe my upbringing moulded me into the man that I am today,” he said.
Malunga who is also a practicing journalist for Caxton’s Alberton Record further stated that they aim to change lives by working closely with community leaders from different parts of the area. “Kasie Outreach would never have existed till to date if it weren’t for our caring and concerned community who by all means generously donate to us. We have worked with businesses, local churches, and NPOs with whom we shared the same vision,” he added.
Moreover, he further said that “Jesus is Lord, I feel so proud to be among other youngsters that preach the gospel and lend a helping hand. I encourage everyone to start changing lives in any way possible. Individuals and businesses are most welcome to join us in this venture of changing lives. We would highly appreciate them.”
You can contact them on 062 037 7161 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find them on their active Facebook page @Kasie Outreach.