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Pretoria UJW puts caring on the map



Union of Jewish Women (UJW) Pretoria leaders Ciska Lewis and Tracy Myer on 14 June presented the Jaffa Jewish Aged Home nursing team with state-of-the-art medical equipment including a nappy macerator, urine analyser, and two patient monitors.

In addition, about 20 families receive parcels at non-profit organisations and the Eco Youth Centre providing accommodation for orphans. This is the second year that the UJW has been involved with Hermanstad Laërskool, supporting about 30 families each week and also providing a warm breakfast for the children each day, most of whom arrive at school without having eaten this important meal. Plans are in place to provide stationery for next year, as well as a Christmas hamper in December.

Apart from its support for feeding schemes, the UJW also assists the Pretoria Chevrah Kadisha with a monthly donation.

If this wasn’t enough for this small Jewish community, Chairperson Lewis says the UJW assists in the provision of care packs for Mali Martin, a shelter and home for abused women and families as well as a safe space for the victims of human trafficking. An additional recipient of the organisation’s work is the Magalies Special School for the mentally and physically handicapped, where the UJW provides regular food parcels for needy families.

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