Daily Sun (Cape) covers the container toilet block launch on World Toilet Day (16th November 2013) at Ukwanda Pre-School in Khayelitsha.
As part of the celebration of World Toilet Day on November 19, as designated by the United Nations to raise awareness for 2.5 billion people who do not have access to sanitation and toilets, Breadline Africa handed over a 1x6m container toilet to the Ukwanda Pre-school in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. It is believed that open-air defecation is practiced by 1.1 billion people worldwide.
Ukwanda Pre-school was established in 2005 and has 103 children between the age of 6 months and 6 years old. In attendance were the Board Members of the Makhaza Educare Forum in Khayelitsha, the Governing Body of the school as well as the parents of the children and the local Media.
The Principal, Nokwanda Ndzamela said that in November 2006 her Educare centre was registered with the Department of Social Development. She used the subsidy to maintain the building, bought food, toys and outdoor equipment. Most of the time the food was not enough as the parents could not afford to pay school fees and she did not want to turn the children away due to a lack of money. Her goal was to serve her community.
The educare centre only had two indoor toilets and two outdoor toilets. But the outdoor toilets were not in good shape anymore, water was running from them every day, so that the Health Inspector advised her to upgrade the toilets as otherwise the Department of Health would close the centre. Her immediate solution was to get small portable potties where the kids were exposed to the open-air and the weather.
The Principal, Nokwanda then tried to build a toilet with bricks that she had collected. With not much knowledge about building s tructures she could not go any further and was extremely demotivated. But one of her Educators was concerned about the challenge that they were faced with and sent an application to Breadline Africa for a container toilet.
World Toilet Day reminded us about the state of sanitation and its effect on humanity. They have received the good news and the brand new toilets were delivered just in time to celebrate World Toilet Day. The container has been fitted with three junior ceramic toilets for boys and three for girls. Two hand basins have also been fitted where the little ones can wash their hands.
The educators were extremely happy to receive these brand new toilets a s they are now able to teach the children proper hygiene care with their daily programme of toilet routine.
Written by Edna Titus: Projects Officer
The extreme heat didn’t stop 30 N’wakhuwani community members from ululating, dancing and singing in recognition of the 3 containers placed on the Xalamuka Early Childhood Development centre by Breadline Africa. On Thursday 14 November, 2013, community members started gathering at the centre, no-one seemed discouraged by the heat. If anything, all were excited about the ablution block container, the kitchen container and the classroom container.
Cold water bottles were distributed but within a very short time, they had turned into hot water bottles, even with a marquee which was meant to shade guests from the blazing sun. Still the event turned into a pleasant affair on all fronts.
There was boisterous and loud performance by the caretakers, the Titirheleni support group ladies and the children themselves. The overwhelming feel to the day was one of unperturbed grooving. And this vibe carried over to the guests as the morning veered towards midday. And yes it was very hot for a while but this did not discourage the Ward Councillor, the Social Development representatives, the chief of Homu, the Director of Khanimamba and Breadline Africa to all say a few words as show of their affiliation and their gratitude to the collaboration and the support extended to Xalamuka.
In between the speeches, the singing and dancing excitement never stopped building momentum. By lunchtime, the vibe lead to a pleasant downtempo, ending the days event.
On Thursday, 24th October 2013 the community of Wellington celebrated the official opening of their brand new container soup kitchen. The event was attended by the Chairperson, Mrs Dalene Williams, Mrs Kathleen Hayman the treasurer, as well as the co-ordinator, Marlon Appollis. Also in attendance was Donovan Louw from the Lighthouse Family Foundation, the Editor of Paarl Post from the local community newspaper and most importantly the children and adults who regularly come for a plate of food.
Hope Outreach Project is situated in Wellington and was started by a group of women in 2008 that identified the need to feed local people especially the children. The women started the feeding programme from a rickety shack which was not hygienic friendly nor was it a very safe structure to operate their gas stoves from.
The local teachers had approached the project for support, pointing out that children were showing up for school faint and dizzy with chronic hunger and that it was difficult for them to teach a hungry child. Many of these children’s parents depend on seasonal agricultural work.
More than 700 children and elderly folk are being served a nutritious plate of food three times a week. The members of the project regularly collect basic breads from their local Shoprite store as well as vegetables and dry ingredients from the local grocers in the area.
The cooks were very happy with the new container kitchen as they could now prepare nutritious food in a safe and healthy environment. Children came with their bowls and stood in a queue to be served together with the adults.
The Chairperson, Dalene Williams conveyed her sincere thanks to all at Breadline Africa for having donated such a beautiful kitchen to their community. When the container arrived they stood in awe as they could not believe that an old shipping container could have such a marvellous makeover.
The focus for World Food Day was “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”
It is believed that almost 870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished. World Food Day honors this day and the commitment to defeat hunger.
Breadline Africa visited a project called Mamma Africa who works tireless around the clock to cook massive pots of nutritious food. They are situated in the beautiful Paarl valley in the Western Cape .
The women at the centre feed around 200 to 300 most vulnerable street children and homeless adults in their community on a daily basis. The cooked meals are being taken to the homes of the children who live far away and are not able to come to the soup kitchen. By doing this act of kindness they feel reassured that the children are well fed and will go to bed with a filled tummy.
In support of World Food Day we took along much needed groceries to support them in their fight against hunger.
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Breadline Africa Spread the Bread on National Soup Day, which was celebrated across the country during Child Protection Week on 31 May 2013.
We turned a clapped out shipping container into a beautiful kitchen and placed the container on the grounds of the Rabboni Outreach Project in Lost City, Mitchells Plain.
Mitchells Plain was designed in the mid seventies as a model ‘dormitory suburb’ for people, on the Cape Flats about 20 miles from the city centre.
These brave women were ready early hours of the morning to prepare the huge pots of food. Here they are ready to serve everyone with a smile. There’s nothing better on a winter’s day than a bowl of delicious hot cup of soup and doing some good at the same time.
Children and adult starting to line up outside the container. It was a cold winter’s day with a bit of sunshine and blue skies but the volunteers were ready to feed more than 500 people, of which 300 are children.
The children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, a cup of soup and a slice of bread can make a big difference to their day, especially during the cold winter months.
Most of the Lost City residents don’t know where there next meal will be coming from. The food parcels will give them some assistance and reprieve in winter and a cup full of hot soup, will fill them up just for today.
Lots of volunteers came to help with the packing and handing out of these much needed winter food parcels.
Normally, as winter settled across the country, the homeless and disadvantaged are the first to feel the cold. By taking part in National Soup Day, we were playing a small but integral role in the fight against poverty. A tummy full of food is as important as having a roof over your head.
The event was published in our local community newspaper to raise awareness of National Soup Day and the part that we played by helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
Arriving at Zabalaza Village in Dimbaza (25 October 2013) for the handover of Breadline Africa container classroom, kitchen and ablution to Children’s Resource Centre, I was greeted by the very excited co-ordinator, Siziwe Magobiyane. Zabalaza is a rural village which has just over 400 households. There was a vibration of energy as everyone gathered beneath the blue and white tent ,even the roars of thunder and flashes of lighting which brought along the rain could not keep this community from celebrating their sucessfull achievement.
Present at this Friday 25th October event was social development, village elders, police, Zabalaza committee and community members. The programme was opened with prayer giving thanks by Rev. Dlingca. The ward counselor, Mr Tyilo of Zabalaza spoke to the crowd and said how pleased and proud he was to be part of this joyess occasion and expressed that these kind of community changing projects such as Children’s Resource Centre will make Madiba very proud. The crowd then echoed Viva Breadline Africa Viva J….. Next on the programme was BLA – I stated that “success is a vibration of energy and today that vibration is very powerful” and on behalf of Breadline Africa we wish the Children’s Resource Centre a bright future for the benefit of the families of Zabalaza village. Solomon James, manager of the centre, thanked God and the community. He said that “today is a day to celebrate an achievment of Zabalaza” and that the Children’s Resource Centre is the first of its kind in the whole area of Zabalaza to have flushing toilets and the crowd shouted Viva Breadline Viva. He thanked Breadline Africa for beleiving in the work they do, when no one else did and hoped that Breadline Africa would continue to help other communities to help themselves.
Siphokazi Tyobero from the special programmes unit – part of social development, said that they do not subsidies structures but stood in applause of Breadline who came on board and helped this centre which has now become a place place of safety and security for the children of Zabalaza. The Children’s Resource Centre team has brought human value to the Zabalaza community. Signales (German based sponsor) also thanked Breadline and the Children’s Resource Centre for the excellent work and commitment of enabling children to become agents of change in their world. This was followed by 4 musical items with recitations, song and dance from the children and the youth. The pouring rain turned out to be blessings for this centre. The Children’s Resource Centre will grow and develop as the sky is the limit but they are reaching for the stars.
Written by: Gail Dreyer (programmes assistant)
On the 17th October, 1 300 learners at Seroophata Primary School received a Mandela Day library. The school is situated in the North West province in the Majakaneng Village and was chosen by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) from a list of school in need of a library. This list is compiled in collaboration with Soul City, who assists in identifying schools which are active in the development of their learners. This was hugely evident in the amount of planning that went into the Mandela Day library launch and the level of involvement by learners, teachers, and the school governing body as well as learners who had graduated from Seroophata Primary.
Soul Buddyz (Soul City) is a strategic partner of Breadline Africa, working actively with learners in life-skills programmes in schools. At Seroophata Primary, it was the Soul Buddyz (Soul City) group of 2010 who had applied for a library through the ACT for Children Programme run by Soul Buddyz.
They have since enrolled at the community high school, but were invited to the launch to see their goal realised. In this way, the partnerships we have developed are positively reinforced for us as an organisation. Another example of impact enhanced through
partnership is that of the Public Investment Corporation. Last Thursday’s launch was the second that they attended as this is the second year running that they have chosen to invest in the Mandela Day library Project.
Communications Manager, Ms. Nomzamo Petje, attended and spoke to the learners on behalf of the PIC. She reiterated the importance of reading to the pursuit of dreams and by communicating with them in their mother tongue, delivered an inspiring speech that connected with the learners.
Overall, the launch included poetry, drama and dance. It was a classically South African, traditional and vibrant. Breadline Africa and the Public Investment Corporation left the school feeling confident that the right school was chosen, that the school management committee and the learners truly appreciate and will take full advantage of the resource provided. It was a great day all round.
Singing, dancing, reading and loud music characterized the opening of the 32nd Mandela Day container library at Magudu Primary School in Mpumalanga on Friday 5th September 2013. The school is situated in the extreme east of the country not far from the Kruger National Park, and is the second of two libraries sponsored by the Woolworths Trust and My school, My Village My Planet. It was chosen to receive the library because of its extremely proactive Principal, Mrs. Joyce Mabaso, who has involved the school in the Eduplant and Food and Trees for Africa scheme of permaculture and many other activities, and the presence of a Soul Buddyz club of learners.
When we arrived at the school the container library was already standing on a concrete platform built by the parents. Woolworths staff from neighboring stores were busy with last minute preparations and the library was already full of books donated by the Trust. A large marquee was set up and chairs for all the guests, parents and learners set out in the grounds.
The festivities were opened as usual with prayer and consisted of speeches by the Principal, the representative of the Woolworths Trust, reps from Food and Trees for Africa, the director of Breadline Africa, and local Department of Education officials. The representative of the Woolworths Trust, Ceri Coxon, made the learners pledge to read at least one book every month. In between there was singing from the school choir, the Soul Buddyz group and reading of books by the grade 5 class. Then the library was officially handed over to the Principal and opened for all to enter and inspect. The festivities closed with a Vote of thanks and lunch was served to everyone including the learners.
It was a wonderful celebration and during it all the importance of reading as a gateway to the opportunities of life was emphasized repeatedly to the learners.