Domino Feeding

EGG-STATIC!

 

The response to The Domino Foundation’s appeal for Easter eggs was overwhelming. Every child on the Foundation’s Feeding programme received a chocolate-covered symbol of new life, the triumphant message of the Easter story. Schools, church groups, companies, families and individuals showed great generosity in the almost 9000 eggs they donated. Working together with Cathy Whittle, leader of the Feeding programme, Pippa Coote of Sprout Consulting, galvanised various businesses enterprises to bring in 4500 of the eggs. The young leaners at Qalakahle Crèche, Mansell Road, Stamford Hill, were delighted with the taste treat brought by the Easter Rabbit. Their crèche was one among the many which were blessed through the generosity of so many. Other channels through and to which eggs were distributed were The Domino Foundation’s Feeding, Babies’ Home, Life Skills and Red Light programmes, creches in Amaoti, Waterloo, the Durban CBD and the Point area, Glenridge, Anthem and Every Nation Churches, Youth for Christ, Mildene Retirement Village and Villa Sunfield old age home and frail care facility. On behalf of all those who were blessed by the wide and generous response to our appeal, we say “Thank you!” It was an Easter to remember!

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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.

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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.

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A Great Start to the Day

Each morning, before the school day begins, Thandeka Duma has a large group of children come to her Young Stars Development and Nutrition Centre on an open plot of land in Illovo Township. There they are fed breakfast and again lunch at the end of class later in the day.  Thandeka is helped by a number of local ladies who are out of work to prepare the food. The Domino Foundation’s Feeding programme in Amanzimtoti kitchen supplies her with bread, peanut butter, mealie meal and rice to help in her project to fill stomachs so that the pupils can apply themselves to their studies more effectively.

If you are keen to help with the Feeding Programme in the South Basin area, please contact Cheryl Dann (feedingtoti@domino.org.za/082 444 9592).

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Brain Food

It may be the weekend, but for the Matric students at Siyabonga Secondary School in Amanzimtoti, it’s time to push ahead with their studies for those all-important exams. Saturday morning lessons and afternoon study sessions were instituted to give the students a firmer grasp on their subjects. Mr Dlomo, the School Principal, said that Siyabonga Secondary had had almost a 100% pass rate last year. He attributed this success to the students receiving peanut butter sandwiches during their Saturday study-time through The Domino Foundation’s Feeding programme.  The children’s attendance at school and extra tuition and their conscientiousness  had improved dramatically and their concentration ability was markedly stronger.

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Stacks of Sandwiches

It was cold and wet and the sun had scarcely made an appearance, but the Consumer Studies Kitchens at Northlands Girls’ High was bright with enthusiasm. The Grade 12 girls were deftly spreading peanut butter and Rama on mountains of bread, making sandwiches for The Domino Foundation’s Feeding programme. Every Friday morning, before school begins, another class gathers to put together about 350 sandwiches. These are then collected by the Foundation and distributed to some of the more than 70 crèches and schools around the city which benefit from the almost 98 000 meals the programme organises each month. Staff member in charge of the school’s initiative, Sonja Goris, said she was thrilled at the response of the pupils. One of them, unable to join the early-morning brigade, was determined not to miss out on being able to make a difference to someone else’s life and so made up eight loaves worth of sandwiches at home. The two Matric students who have been instrumental in getting Northlands’ Bread Buddies project off the ground, Sajel Mahadeo and Merissa Chetty, said it was very gratifying to see their fellow students embracing the opportunity to touch the lives of people who would otherwise not have something to eat during a demanding day at school. Other schools or groups interested in being part of The Domino Foundation’s Feeding programme can contact Rowan Phillips (volunteer@domino.org.za).

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Stories from the kitchen: 3rd Quarter 2016

This past month The Domino Foundation reached a MASSIVE milestone, preparing and delivering 90 000 meals for the hungry in our community!

Thanks to the generosity of local business, schools, and individuals we’re able to impact so many children and adults monthly, an incredible opportunity to impact lives. Our Sandwich Kitchen based in Durban North prepares and delivers on average 4 700 sandwiches per week to a number of hospitals and church ministries and Durban schools where learners don’t have a packed lunch. This number doesn’t include sandwiches, which get donated from Danville Park Girls High School, Our Lady of Fatima and Maris Stella School and Bread Buddies.

Our Toti kitchen, run in partnership with Kingsway Church International, has grown in leaps and since it opened in April bounds thanks to the support of the local community. Almost 6 000 sandwiches have been distributed averaging 350 a week since the opening. These sarmies go to two schools and one crèche.

Recently the Grade 8’s and 9’s of Embury College became more aware of the plight of some of our hungry children and delivered peanut butter and mayonnaise and then made 200 sandwiches. The Toti Kitchen has also given out 30 relief packs to families in crisis in the area and is helping to deliver JAM porridge to two crèches in the Ezimbokindweni area.

Thank you to everyone who has a heart for feeding and contributes – your support, donations and volunteer time is impacting lives. Just ask the teacher from Doon Heights Primary!

 

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Stories from the Kitchen: 2nd Quarter 2016

The Feeding Programme has been exceptionally busy over the last few months, an exciting sign in realising our vision of communities where no child is to hungry to concentrate or learn. This is especially important as more and more families battle to provide enough nutritious meals in South Africa’s growing food crisis which has been further negatively affected by the weakening rand. Simply, families cannot afford to buy food and if they do it’s too little or not nearly nutritious enough.

In light of this the Domino Foundation bought attention to World Hunger Day through the “Fight the Plight” initiative, raising funds for our feeding programmes that distribute over 3500 meals every school day through our two sandwich kitchens (Durban and Toti) and our soup Kitchen in Brookdale. Our Relief Kitchen provides relief hampers and meals to families in crisis.

The month of May also saw the exciting launch of the Sandwich Kitchen in Amanzimtoti in partnership with Kingsway Church International. Working closely with local schools to identify the most vulnerable learners the Toti Sandwich provides delicious sandwiches to these schoolchildren who don’t have a packed lunch. The Toti Feeding Kitchen is currently making and delivering 30 sandwiches to each of the three participating schools daily with hopes to expand the programme soon.

Just to get a snapshot of how massive and far reaching the feeding programme is,  for the month of May alone 78 640 meals were prepared and delivered to vulnerable communities of Durban and 600 sandwiches were prepared and delivered from Toti. The Feeding Programme has also welcomed three new Amaoti creches totalling 50 more kids and is about to start training four new schools in the Point area – Pickering Street, Winder Street and Point Rd (Mahatma Ghandi Rd). Children from these schools will receive JAM porridge daily.

If you have a heart for feeding and want to know more about our programme and how to get involved have a look at our detailed and informative #KnowYourNPO posts on #Feeding. We’d love to have you!

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New season, new roles

With a new season comes new leadership. As the Domino Foundation increases its capacity to reach more communities there have been some internal shifts to ensure that the hands who do this work are passionate, skilled and ready to impact lives.

At the beginning of the year Mickey Wilkins stepped down as CEO of the Domino Foundation. After twelve incredible years of leading the non-profit Mickey has now decided to look after the sustainability of Domino and has started Domino Business. As of February 2016 the Domino Foundation welcomed in a new CEO, Richard Mun-Gavin, lead pastor of Cogs Church. Not only does Richard bring a wealth of pastoral experience but his passion for people means he’s more than ready to take Domino into a new season of growth.

Shaun Tait has officially moved into the role of  COO and is overseeing the day to day operations of all the programmes and its staff. Although a tall task Shaun has slid into his role with effort and ease.

After heading up the ECD team since its inception Toni Wilkins has decided to focus her attentions on the Life Skills programme and counselling at the Door of Hope Counselling Centre. The team is now been led by the capable Jessica King, who moved over from donor relations. Jessica is more than qualified for the position and brings her unique learnings from her studies, a Bachelor of Social Science in Organisational Psychology and Industrial Sociology and a Foundation Phase Teaching qualification and is currently Clinical Psychology. Jessica also handles the Domino volunteers.

And in the feeding programme Cathy Whittle has taken over the reigns as Programme Manager. Cathy comes from the cooking industry and has the heaps of experience needed to steer the many Domino feeding projects in the right direction. In case you’ve forgotten, that’s our Sandwich Kitchen, Soup Kitchen and Relief Kitchen. Past Project Manager, Brenda Scheepers has moved onto an exciting venture with Domino Business, which you can read more about here.

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#KnowYourNPO – Feeding

As part of the Domino Foundation’s #KnowYourNPO campaign we’re unpacking each of our programmes and this we’re shining a light on our FEEDING programme.

#1 Our two Sandwich Kitchens, Soup Kitchen and Relief Kitchen serve close to 4 500 hearty meals every day to vulnerable children in the greater Durban area, making sure they’re never too hungry to concentrate or learn. Altogether 33 crèches, 10 schools, 2 health institutions and one church are part of the feeding programme.

#2 Whether it be in a crèche, school or a family in crisis our goal is to serve up delicious and nutritious meals to those who need it most.

  • Our passionate Soup Kitchen staff prepare porridge and soup that’s delivered to local crèches as well as TAFTA, Happy Hours Mental Health School, the Amaoti clinic and holiday clubs.
  • Our Sandwich Kitchen prepares and distributes egg mayonnaise, peanut butter and polony sandwiches to vulnerable school children weekly.
  • Our Relief Kitchen prepares scrumptious meals for families that are going through tough times. These families or individuals are brought to our attention through our other programmes or the Door of Hope Counseling Centre.

#3 Last year our amazing volunteers made 166 740 sandwiches and our 6 incredible Brookdale staff prepared 642 688 porridge and soup meals. Now that’s a lot of food!

#4 We all respond differently in crisis situations. During last year’s refugee crisis our Brookdale Soup Kitchen rose to the occasion, preparing an incredible 41 900 meals during the first week of the xenophobic attacks. The Relief Kitchen is always in need of ingredients to prepare meals tinned food, long life milk, cereals, tea, coffee, jam, sugar- if you can help let us know!

#5 Have you wondered how our feeding programme works? Well here’s all you need to know about it!

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how-feeding-soup(2)#6 Our two Sandwich Kitchens run on the generosity of our volunteers – their hands prepare the sandwiches that get delivered to many schools around the area! If you would like to join the enthusiastic team email volunteer@domino.org.za

#7 The reality is that the more donations we receive, the more young lives we can impact. It’s never been easier to donate than with using Zapper! Scan the Zapper South Africa QR code with your phone/tablet and donate to our feeding programme.

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The month of MAY is synonymous with hunger

Did you know that an estimated that 10.7 million South African’s live on or below the food poverty line of *R11 per day? That’s R11 to spend on 3 meals or a more realistic occurrence, R11 to spend on one meal every single day.

Another statistic points out that **one in four South Africans suffer from hunger on a regular basis and more than half of the population are on the borderline of being hungry. Even though South Africa is a food secure nation unemployment, rising food prices, climate change and poor access to nutritious food means that a quarter of our population are vulnerable to hunger – a horrifying and shocking thought. To cope vulnerable households skip meals, cut meal sizes, buy cheap food that is expired or not nutritious or rely on food parcels and social grants that are never enough. Malnutrition, stunting and difficulty concentrating are just some of the gloomy affects of hunger. And that’s not even taking into account the heartbreaking feeling of being unable to feed your family or having the energy to succeed in school or work. Simply, hunger crushes the human spirit.

That’s why Domino is committed to supporting individuals rise above the line, every day. Our feeding programmes distribute over 3 500 meals every school day. But we need your help to increase this number and fight global poverty. 
With
 International World Hunger Day on May 28 we want to bring awareness around the plight of poverty that many face around the world, especially for our neighbors.

We need your help. To support our feeding programmes head on over to our donations page and help end hunger for good.

*Statistics South Africa, 2015

** Oxfam: https://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats

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