Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic Enrique Hermanus has partnered with nonprofit organisations, business and churches to lead a R1-million feeding scheme, providing children with food, sanitary products and educational material.
Spiritual development is an often neglected or mismanaged aspect of a child’s education and Hermanus is hoping to change that. He’s a pastor and leader at the Mercy Ministry at the El Shaddai Christian Church, a programme manager at the Mould Empower Serve organisation and a City of Cape Town ward committee representative for education.
He has organised countless litter clean-ups, formed chess clubs in impoverished schools and set up holiday and tutoring clubs for the children who need it.
He works to motivate fellow South Africans to embrace empathy and recognise the plight of those who are disadvantaged. A broader and more rounded understanding of the challenges they face will help the cause immensely.
Hermanus says that people want to fix the biggest problems first, without focusing on themselves and their immediate environment. In his words,
“Everyone wants to clean up the world yet they can’t clean their room. Start there.”
Hermanus works hard to get the most out of people. He believes most people are ready to help, but lack trust or knowledge about reliable channels through which to help. He relies on his passion and ability to motivate people to help those in need. “If you can prove yourself or organisation worthy and champion people around a cause, people will give,” he says.