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FEEDING UPDATE 1st QUARTER

The first few months of 2018 has seen significant growth in the scope of the Feeding programme. Victor Daitz, a humanitarian who supported a wide spectrum of causes and uplifted the lives of many, set up a foundation with the aim of establishing a better life for disadvantaged South Africans. Funding from the Victor Daitz Foundation for 2018 has helped enormously in enabling the Feeding programme to expand its operations, particularly in the areas of Amaoti, Waterloo and Matikwe, North of Durban.

Marcus Kelly, storeroom coordinator, loading relief packs at the new storeroom.

The Stichting Nelis van Dril, a trust based in Holland and which established a relationship with The Domino Foundation in 2017, is fully funding the feeding in the twenty or so institutions in Inanda which came under the Foundation’s umbrella through its Feeding programme. Liesbeth Nicolai, the point-of-contact between the Dutch and Domino, is continuing her involvement with her extensive experience and relationship built with the communities over a quarter of a century, while the Feeding programme supplies the logistical support. The character of the feeding in these areas is different to that already established in the other crèches and schools where prepared meals are supplied. Liesbeth says, “We give the beneficiaries the dried goods, like Morevite and maize meal, with which they prepare the meals. I like to go on the delivery rounds once a month so that I can keep contact with the people I have come to know so well over many years.”

Leader of the feeding programme, Cathy Whittle, says that exciting opportunities to build with other churches are being embraced with a number of them now benefitting from The Domino Foundation’s Feeding programme’s resources and acting as distribution points. With Domino’s Feeding programme as the administrative conduit and each church responsible for distribution after delivery, these groups’ outreaches no longer have to carry the administrative and logistical burdens which are so often challenges for many organisations. This is proving an excellent example of the Foundation providing infrastructural support to allow other groups and outreach initiatives to flourish.

Under the leadership of Lucky Vilakazi and as part of the ongoing vision to empower the Feeding programme’s beneficiaries, the Brookdale Soup Kitchen has standardised its soup recipe. This means that ingredients for the soup can now be supplied to institutions in new areas rather than pre-prepared soup being delivered from the kitchen. The aim is to empower each school to make their own soup and to have the Domino kitchen staff teach each crèche basic nutrition standards. It is gratifying to see the capacity of the Soup Kitchen growing.

The Feeding programme’s extremely beneficial relationship with ‘JAM South Africa’ continues to flourish. With poverty threatening the early development of the majority of South African children, the partnership is addressing the nutritional needs of children in the Feeding programme, setting them on the path to growing into healthy adults. Realising the importance of early childhood development and along with the sandwiches and soup supplied by the programme, JAM’s high protein porridge is a vital component in the growing children’s diet.

Through the Feeding programme, the aim is to grow ‘JAM Feeding’ through site-specific churches. The Domino Foundation delivers the 25 kg bags of porridge to each church which then acts as a central distribution node to the crèches with whom it already have a relationship. With repetition, this creates an efficient distribution-through-relationship model. Glenridge Church is the first church to implement the model. A nutritional food hygiene programme for each of the crèches is being formulated and a generic crèche report being compiled to create a rating system to measure the infrastructure of the crèches and to assess individual needs.

The South Feeding programme in Amanzimtoti, working under ‘Kingsway Church International’ (KCi), has found new premises for The Domino Foundation Toti Kitchen as from May 2018. With the exciting development of taking on an extra 3000 beneficiaries in May, the programme is finding its capacities stretched and is offering potential donors and partners to come on board to support the logistical side of operations in the areas of transport and large electrical equipment like freezers. With a total of 49 000 sandwiches having been supplied to sixteen institutions in the first term, the programme also continues to supply schools, churches and centres with bread, peanut butter and margarine, to create a self-help culture among the beneficiary groups. Never shy of taking on new challenges, team leader, Cheryl Dann, is negotiating with JAM to take over the crèches under the KwaMakutha Organisation of Crèches.

If you would like to partner with our Feeding programme, please contact Cathy Whittle (feeding@domino.org.za) for North of the Umgeni River or Cheryl Dann (feedingtoti@domino.org.za) for South Feeding support.