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Stories from the kitchen: 4th Quarter 2016

What a year of incredible growth it has been for our feeding programme. With our three kitchens stretching across KZN (Durban North, Amaoti and Amanzimtoti) we’re now preparing and delivering 98000 meals per month. That’s nearly a million meals!

We currently feed 57 institutes with 7 new schools on the waiting list for next year. For many learners who receive our sandwiches, soup and porridge, this meal is one of their only for the day. With food prices rocketing and the South African economy taking on strain, we’re ever so grateful to our donors, volunteers and supporters for assisting us to feed our country’s youth.

Under the guidance of Domino and the Kitchen Manager, Cheryl Dann, and the support of 23 generous volunteers, The Domino Foundation’s Toti Sandwich Kitchen has prepared and delivered an incredible 13 500 sandwiches from April to the end of the third school term. Sandwiches are delivered to children in local schools who can’t afford lunches and as a result; battle to concentrate on class.

The Amamzimtoti team now delivers 660 sandwiches a week with more schools on the horizon for 2017 and big hopes to expand their current premises. They’re motivated by the successful story of The Domino Foundation’s fist sandwich kitchen, based in Durban North, which started small but now prepares almost 5000 sandwiches a week.

Next year the Feeding Programme dreams of making 1000 000 meals per month; a massive goal but one we see as necessary. We’re also working on building stronger relationships with our beneficiaries so that we can better evolve and accommodate their needs.

Here’s to a bigger and better 2017!

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The Amamzimtoti Sandwich Kitchen volunteers at the volunteer tea.

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Stories from the crèche: 4th Quarter 2016

For children to reach their full potential it’s crucial they receive Early Childhood Development, a chance for them to grow mentally, physically and emotionally within a safe learning environment. With that purpose in mind our ECD programme aims to improve the quality of learning and to increase preparation for school readiness for children under the age of seven; a task we’ve taken to heart over the past three and half years.

As we’ve worked alongside 23 crèches in the Amaoti community we’ve watched them grow and gain essential skills to better the lives of pre-grade R children within the community.

During the 2016 year we slowly started phasing out in the crèches in the Amaoti area, testament to the success of the programme. With crèche owners now empowered and equipped with the necessary tools to improve active learning within their ECD centres, they have the opportunity to stand on their own and become self-sufficient, small businesses. We will still continue to feed the children in these crèches.

This year has also been an incredible time of expansion and we’ve assessed a number of crèches in two new areas, opening up opportunities for future involvement. We look to the new year with excitement and anticipation for what it holds, our dream of seeing children reach their full potential continually pushing us forwards.

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2016: What a year!

This year has been a time of exponential growth, tough challenges, our faith been tested and of course, many lives been changed. In 2016 alone we’ve been able to impact the lives of over 5000 individuals on a daily basis. During our journey we’ve seen 3 key areas being highlighted:


1. Increasing our areas of influence

A big cause for celebration has been The Domino Foundation moving from being a North Durban NPO to a nationwide NPO.

We’re excited to announce that The Domino Foundation’s areas of influence now include: Waterloo, Oshebni, Amanzimtoti, Inner city Durban and Cape Town. We’ve also continued to strengthen our existing relationships with donors, volunteers, NPOS and governmental departments like the Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Social Development and the National Prosecuting Authority.


2.Partnering with local churches

We have loved partnering with other churches to outwork their social justice initiatives.

This year we’ve partnered with Glenridge (Durban Inner City) and The Rock (Umhlanga) through the outworking of the Red light Anti-Human Trafficking programme; Life Changers (Tableview, Cape Town) for the Recycle Swop Shop and Kingsway Church International (Amanzimtoti) to open another sandwich kitchen. As we’ve been able to share our experience, skills, knowledge and feeding expertise we’ve seen an incredible growth in the Amanzimtoti Sandwich Kitchen. In just eight months the kitchen has grown to preparing 660 sandwiches a week – an incredible growth rate!


3.Beneficiary Impact

We started the year with four programmes and expanded to seven community transformational initiatives.

Babies’ Homes – We provided a loving, family environment for 15 children in our two transitional homes with 6 babies being adopted into their ‘forever homes’.

Life Skills Programme– We worked with 4 under-resourced primary schools and 726 children on a weekly basis through lessons, one-on-one counselling sessions and after school activities – all aiming to empower learners to make wise life choices.

ECD Programme– We started the year upskilling and transforming 23 crèches into sustainable small businesses and places of active learning and increased to 44 establishments by year-end. Our work in the ECD space ensures that over children are receiving quality foundation-phase development throughout KZN.

Feeding Programme– We opened an additional kitchen to feed the south Durban basin, as well as added an additional 17 establishments (a combination of crèches/kindergartens and primary schools) to our feeding programme across KZN. By the year-end we were feeding a total of 55 establishments and averaging an incredible 98 000 meals a month!

Red light Anti-Human Trafficking – This programme joined Domino in 2016 and in 2017 we look forward to welcoming 8 ladies into our programme where they’ll be assisted, cared for, restored and released.

Recycle Swop Shops – The social justice and environmental programme joined Domino in 2016 with three swop shops operating in the Western Cape.

Bursary Programme – In 2017 the programme will fund 5 students’ tertiary education, giving them the opportunity to build themselves a future through education.


Thanks to donors and volunteers, your support has enabled us to continue changing thousands of lives through showing mercy, combatting injustice and empowering individuals throughout our beautiful country of South Africa. If you would like to partner with us for 2017 please let us know.


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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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Feeding Effects 3rd Quarter 2015

The Domino Foundation dreams of a community that is full of life. To be able to do this we help fulfill the basic need of food – providing hearty meals to the vulnerable.

We feed a number of crèches, schools, churches, counselling centres, aftercare programmes and youth holiday clubs through our feeding programmes in the Amaoti community. The forty Sandwich Kitchen volunteers prepare around 4 740 nutritious sandwiches per week that are delivered to seven schools, the Boys & Girls Club, child headed households, local church outreaches & Amaoti youth meetings. In just the past five months our fully equipped industrial Soup Kitchen has prepared and delivered an incredible 8 200 meals of nutritious soup to 34 crèches in Amaoti. Our Relief Kitchen provides meals to families in crisis and our Vegetable Tunnels cultivate produce that is harvested and ploughed into either the soup kitchen or sold to the local community and corporates.

The Vegetable tunnels have welcomed a new face into the programme, Ross Eigenmann, as programme manager of the tunnels. His first few weeks have seen him clearing the site of general refuse to make space for the new gardens and tunnels. Ross is already looking at the future of the programme and searching for new possible sites to expand and negotiating with a food distributor to supply various restaurants and hotels in the future when our output is steady.

To continue to impact as many people as we can the Relief Kitchen is looking for key ingredients to pack their relief parcels. If you are able to donate these crucial items, let us know!

1 x 1kg of rice

1 x 2,5kg of maize

1 x 500g of sugar

1 x 100 bags of tea

4 x 410g of tinned baked beans

2 x 400g of soy mince

4 x 425g of tinned sardines

2 x 500g of salt

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Feeding Effects June/ July 2015

The Domino Foundation’s feeding programme continues to grow in both strength and numbers this year, an incredible achievement by the team and the many donors and volunteers who pour out their time and resources into this programme.

Sandwich Kitchen
With a vision to feed the hungry in their most desperate time of need forty volunteers prepare around 948 nutritious sandwiches per day. These are then lovingly packed up and delivered to seven schools in the North Durban area and DMC and King George Hospital. All these sandwiches would not be possible without generous regular donations from Premier foods, Eggbert Eggs, Unilver and UJW. Danville, St Barnabas and Fatima also donate made up sandwiches and fruit in varying amounts that are distributed weekly to Isibonginhlanhla Primary in Waterloo once a week, a new avenue of the sandwich project. The Sandwich Kitchen is still desperately trying to secure a regular donor for mayonnaise and peanut butter.

Soup Kitchen

The Brookdale Soup Kitchen provides nutritious meals to children at crèches during the week, encouraging attendance and assisting children in reaching their developmental milestones. Regular food donations from Container Ministries, Stop Hunger Now, JAM and sporadic donations from businesses like Ellis Park Butchery and Imana Soya feed the kiddies hungry bellies. For the first time ever, the Soup Kitchen was able to send home food parcels with the children for the holidays. Each child received two sachets of Stop Hunger now, which consisted of six portions of rice, dehydrated veggies and soy. That is a total of 21 000 meals in addition to our regular feeding, an amazing feat.

Relief Kitchen

The Xenophobic crisis unexpectedly jumpstarted the Relief Kitchen, an incredible 41 900 meals were made in the 1st week. Since the xenophobic attacks volunteer groups from both schools and corporates have helped pack food parcels (costing R200) for the relief kitchen. These parcels are then distributed to families in Amaoti, the Durban north area, Verulam and Waterloo. Frozen meals are also prepared by school groups and by volunteer Jenny Kitching.

Vegetable Tunnels

The Domino Foundation’s flourishing vegetable tunnels are creating employment opportunities and providing a much-needed food source for the Brookdale Feeding Kitchen. Veggies are harvested and ploughed into either the soup kitchen or sold to the local community and corpoates.

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There’s so many ways to support Domino!

Did you know that you can support the Domino Foundation through a number of loyalty programmes?

Paint Experts Rewards Programme Paint Expert has a loyalty card whereby a certain percentage of your sale is discounted and redirected into a charity of your choice. The Domino Foundation is one of the charities and receives a voucher to use at Paint Expert during the year.

Litres for Education Litres For Education is an innovative initiative that offers the everyday South African an opportunity to support their local school, charity or community project on the amount of fuel purchased monthly. By supporting your local donor LFE service station you will be supporting your chosen beneficiary every time you fill up. Fill in the online form to become a LFE member and choose the Domino Foundation as a beneficiary. Every time you fill up a the preferred service station (map online) 10c per litre of your fuel purchase goes to the Domino Foundation.

MySchool The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme is one of South Africa’s biggest community programmes and allows cardholders to make a difference to a worthy cause without it costing you a cent! The Domino Foundation is on the loyalty programme which means every time you swipe your care at a number of retailers, a percentage of your sale comes to us! You can also check out our donte page that has a range of easy and safe options to donate to the Domino Foundation including once-off-transfers, a debit order system and a sms line.

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Feeding Effects May

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.

Sandwich Kitchen

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.

Brookdale Kitchen

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.

Veggie tunnels

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!

Read the incredible story of how the veggie tunnels started, from planting the seeds, to the project taking root, to it flourishing into the fruitful programme it is today.

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Breaking new ground

Breaking new ground

From it’s humble beginnings of a single garden to growing into a sustainable business model that beautifies the area; the Domino Foundation’s flourishing vegetable tunnels are creating employment opportunities and providing a much-needed food source for the Brookdale Feeding Kitchen.

 The seed is planted…

The idea for the Domino Foundation’s vegetable tunnels sprouted out of a simple need, to supply the Brookdale Kitchen in Amaoti with fresh produce to help feed an average of 1,750 mouths per month. The first seed was planted in July 2013 by Angel Projects, an integral roleplayer to the initial stages of the programme by driving corporate sponsors to fund the expensive tunnels.

A year later Lance Turner, now Project Manager of the Vegetable Tunnels, joined the Domino Foundation team. He got straight to work flexing his green fingers by experimenting and exploring the success of different vegetables. Lance has a passion for growing produce and with a lot of research, training and advice he pushed the project to new heights. Despite his “zero farming experience” he managed to create and roll out a successful farming model that converted a neglected space into a thriving mini farm land.

 The Domino seed takes root…

 Built on a underutilised land owned by Brookdale Secondary School, adjacent to the Brookdale Kitchen, and bordering the impoverished area of the Amaoti community, the vegetables tunnels were located in the ideal place to sow back into Domino feeding programmes and increase the prpgramme’s ability to feed. Following Lance’s guidance the Domino team calculated the most productive way to use the land, determine the life cycles of plants and gage the customer’s demand. Instead of growing a large range of products a smaller, more consistent range of vegetables were tended to.

 Healthy seedlings appear…

‘Getting to market’ has been a fun and social way to spread the good message of the Domino Foundation’s tunnels to the local community. Every week the team has a busy time harvesting the produce and selling it to key customers. These include the Brookdale Kitchen, which cooks meals for our Amaoti schools; the Nedbank Contact Centre; Tevo; Oricol Environmental Services; the Ladies Meeting; homeschooling moms and the COGS and Domino staff. The funds generated from these sales are ploughed back into the project actually enable it to become self-sufficient (after start-up costs of making the tunnels which were sponsored). With such a high demand for fresh quality produce the only threshold is the programme’s own capacity.

Fruits (or vegetables) of Domino’s labour…

One of the most amazing spin-offs from the vegetable gardens have been the handful of employment opportunities created. The project employs disabled people from I-Can / Khulisani, a NPO that helps with the upliftment of young adults with disabilities. The staff do an incredible job at nurturing the land and weed, plant, water, fertilise and maintain the crop rotation for all fourteen of the tunnels and the open gardens. Through this project the team has witnessed the amazing transformation of the staff from shy individuals to happy, healthy and productive workers! The gardens empower the staff to grow their own food and of the eight staff working on site many have taken this knowledge and skills to their own gardens, enabling them to support themselves and their families in a healthy and positive way.

Germinating more seeds….

The careful management of the project and the incredible support from staff, donors and customers has made the Domino Veggie Tunnels a wonderful tale of hope. There is still so much potential to scale up, both in terms of infrastructure and capacity. Currently there are fourteen tunnels with space for two more and a massive piece of land flagged for open gardens. The team is busy investigating a possible borehole which will make continuity of water supply the winter much easier and there’s the very real possibility of the superfood Moringa being added to the mix. The project also hopes to sell produce to a local clinic at the Amaoti school where senior citizens collect their medicines.

Growing a garden…

Lance also envisions, “a model of building vegetable gardens that can be taught and duplicated in the community. Once we have the place properly established we can hopefully bring in people who are most vulnerable to food insecurity and teach them how to grow enough vegetables for themselves and even earn an income. There’s an opportunity to generate an income stream from this project and the big vision is to use this project as a cash crop to support Domino’s many feeding programmes.”

We need YOUR help to complete our two vacant tunnels and open gardens! Assist us in growing a garden to feed EVERYONE who needs nutritious food.

Fresh news from gardens

Veggies and herbs recently harvested are: spinach, brinjal, green peppers, red peppers, salad tomatoes, beetroot, spring onion, coriander, mint, rosemary, thyme, organum, jam tomatoes, cucumbers.

 

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And the Effect Keeps Going

Durban North-based non-profit organisation Indlela has unveiled its new name, The Domino Foundation, together with a new corporate identity and website, www.domino.org.za

However, the outreach programmes that have positively impacted the North Durban community under the Indlela umbrella over the past eight years will continue to assist and uplift the needy in our local communities, confirmed Mickey Wilkins, Chairman of The Domino Foundation. The four major programmes managed by The Domino Foundation are: The Domino Foundation Babies’ Home (previously Fairhavens); The Domino Foundation Feeding Programme; The Domino Foundation Early Childhood Development Programme; and The Domino Foundation Life Skills Programme. All these interventions aim to empower individuals in every facet of their lives and equip them to lead purpose-filled lives.

The need to re-brand our organisation stemmed from two main reasons. First, there are now a number of different NPOs using the name ‘Indlela’, which has caused some confusion in the Donor Community. Secondly, when we started in 2004 the name, Indlela, was relevant to what we did then, (i.e. our community in need, and in need of assistance) but today we are seeing the fruit of that work i.e. large numbers of changed lives and communities that are changing quite significantly. And so the creative re-branding process began.

“We wanted to ensure that our image and name accurately reflect what we do,” explained Wilkins. “We noticed that by working with individuals – be they homeless babies, hungry children, or disadvantaged school-learners – the positive changes we helped to effect in their lives had a domino effect on the lives of their families and, ultimately, their communities. Our new name and corporate identity encapsulates that ripple effect.” Wilkins was quick to add that apart from that, nothing has changed! “Our passion for, and commitment to, communities in need, our management team, the partners we work with, our solid reputation, and our work ethos remain the same. The Domino Foundation will continue to rely on partnerships with private and corporate donors to effectively impact beneficiaries of its programmes.”

To play a part in the Domino Effect, go to www.domino.org.za and view the online video.

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