The Feeding programme has assisted with relief aid as the need has arisen, both locally and trans-locally. After the devastating storm in the Umlazi/Isipingo area and Amanzimtoti, the programme partnered with the Red Cross and saw hygiene products, food, tarpaulins and clothing plus 40 000 JAM meals distributed.
The programme was approached by the local representative of a Dutch group, the Nelis van Dril Foundation as they were looking for a well-established concern to take over its 25 year old Durban-based operation. The details of this transfer were finalised, logistics of the operation worked through and implemented..
Thirteen new beneficiary organizations, receiving monthly food drops, were officially under the Domino banner by year’s end.
In the fourth term, SA Home Loans donated a large chest freezer to Spearman Road Primary School, Sydenham. Each week, the SA Home Loans’ staff make sandwiches which are collected and delivered to the school, stored in the freezer before distribution to students.
A programme to see every crèche complete a M.O.U. for 2018 and to ensure all crèche owners understand the critical importance of completing paperwork is underway.
Several areas have been established for growth in 2018: increased funding from the Victor Daitz Foundation will enable the programme to grow in the Amaoti/Inanda area; stream-lined systems will ensure JAM’s request for a 2000 child/day growth will happen; new partnerships with The Clothing Bank, Pick ‘n Pay, RCL Foods and Unilever are giving the programme national and international footprints; two Christian drug rehabilitation organizations in Amaoti will be able to concentrate on their core mission of healing people as the Feeding programme provides 100 portions of soup/day.
The Feeding Programme in the South Basin plans to work with JAM to increase their footprint in that area. The Africa Evangelical church, KwaMathuta, has been added as a beneficiary. This will benefit 40 children, many of whom lead households. This term, 30 732 sandwiches were made.
Canway Chain Solutions have offered to do a make-over at Tholulwazi Crèche in Ezimbokindweni. Corruseal, (Pty) Ltd will also participate in the exercise.
Relief Hampers were distributed at a number of churches and schools in the Amanzimtoti area. The Programme has been approached by more schools and churches for the supply of bread and spread. The Programme will now cover Umlazi, Folweni, Empusheni, Ezimbokindweni, Malagazi, Amanzimtoti, Umgababa, Magabheni. and Umzinto.
Transport and premises continue to be a challenge for the South Basin Programme.