A Ugandan traditional healer who practises in Hammanskraal is working hard to make a difference in the community.
Hassan Kato (38), popularly known as Dr Mulongo, distributes food parcels to hundreds of hungry people around the community.
Every day, Dr Mulongo donates bread, soup, clothes and also cooked meals to homeless people – most of whom are nyaope addicts.
Dr Mulongo arrived in South Africa in 2001, now he is a resident of portion 9 in Hammanskraal where he is a practising traditional healing.
When community members pay him after consultations, he spends some of the money to support the needy.
He said his main aim was to make sure that not a single homeless child went to bed on an empty stomach.
He was touched after witnessing how bad life was for nyaope addicts and homeless people at Hammanskraal station.
“I decided I was going to help these people with food,” he says.
“I am practising as a traditional healer, but I am fulfilling the mandate from the holy book in Proverbs 21:13, which says ‘a man who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor; he too will cry out and will not be answered’,” Dr Mulongo said.
Dr Mulongo’s vision is to see thousands of nyaope addicts quit and start a new life and going back to their families, and start work and careers like other youths.
“I donate food parcels, clothes to nyaope addicts, the homeless, old-aged and drop-in centres in and around my community of Hammanskraal. It is also my daily duty before I start my work to ensure that I feed the young drug addicts at the station because they do not have money to buy food. I offer them buttered bread, juice and hot soup. I am helping the needy people because I feel for them out of a sense of ubuntu and as an African human being,” he said.
He also offers the youngsters counselling and gives advice about the dangers of taking substances.
“I like seeing smiles on other people’s faces, because I have learnt that most of them are living under traumatic situations due to poverty. I will continue to work hard to make sure that the needy are happy at all the time,” Dr Mulongo said.
Local resident Busani Mathibela said the community was happy about the initiatives of Dr Mulongo to make a difference in the lives of the other people.
“Most of the time young drugs addicts go to bed on empty stomachs without knowing where their next meal would come from. We appreciate Dr Mulongo’s initiatives and may almighty God bless him and continue helping those who are in need,” said Mathibela.
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