Feeding is just exploding this year! Our vision is to feed the hungry in their most desperate time of need and as the number of volunteers and donors grow, we move closer to realising our dream of communities where no child is too hungry to concentrate and learn.
It’s amazing to witness the Durban North community taking ownership of the feeding programme by donating goods and preparing sandwiches. This past month Durban North Primary School prepared sandwiches for Sibonginhlanhla Primary School in Waterloo, Verulam.
This was a huge relief to the school as it’s located in an impoverished community and they weren’t successful with their application for government feeding. Every Thursday sandwiches are made by the Danville Park Girls High School, which are handed out to the learners the next morning for their 10:30am break.
The school is over the moon with the weekly donation with one teacher saying, “It is so much easier to teach children that are no longer hungry,” and this encouraging sentiment is shared by the other teachers. These meals really does make a difference in positively developing the children and giving them the energy to learn.
The dedicated staff in the Brookdale Kitchen are continuing to make soup and porridge for our creches and various other centres they support. The kitchen has recently added the Wellness Centre to their 3700 mouth they feed. This organisation works with squatters who are living in the Mangrove Swamps and train them up to help them integrate into society. The Domino Foundation is providing soup and sandwiches to them every day.
The veggie tunnels have been continuing to grow from strength to strength. A big thank you must be said to L&G for their generous donation of garden tools and equipment. The timing of this donation could not have been better and all the affected staff are truly excited about receiving these items as it will greatly improve the tunnels’ productivity. It has certainly put a new spring into their steps!