A special ceremony was held today to launch the official opening of the Riebeek West Primary School container kitchen. The school has been established in 1965, as a Dutch Reformed Mission Church in Malmesbury and later became a fully fledged public school. The school serves the community and the surrounding rural areas of Riebeek West which is situated at 80 km north-east of Cape Town.
Many of the learners come from an impoverished background as the parents are mostly seasonal workers in the vineyards and olive orchards in the area.
About 500 of the 750 Learners of the school receive government grants and since 2014 our school has been given the status of being a “no-fee” school. This means that the school needs to focus a lot on fundraising to support the financial needs of the school.
The school runs a feeding scheme in conjunction with the Department of Education where they are supplied with food to feed 350 learners of the school. The need is sometimes much greater, but they have to make do with what we receive. The 350 learners receive a breakfast of porridge every morning before school starts and between 10:00 and 12:00 during the day they receive a cooked meal.
The container kitchen supplied by Breadline Africa is such a blessing to them, since they were using a classroom to prepare the meals and the classroom was definitely not the proper facility for preparing and serving of food.
The ribbon was cut to announce the official opening of the container kitchen where many meals will be cooked to serve the children of whom many to go bed without a plate of food.
The Principal, the Educators, the learners, the kitchen Cooks, the volunteers and the parents conveyed their appreciation and thanks to Breadline Africa and all its partners for this wonderful tangible gift of a container kitchen.
With the help of Dieticians they have worked out the meals as nutritious as possible for the learners and therefore the menu varies on a daily basis.
Our containers, our pride and joy.
Witten by: Edna Titus