August, 9th National Women’s Day in South Africa is celebrated annually – it’s a day that pays homage to the women of our nation; – the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid.
This year Breadline Africa celebrated Women’s Day at the renowned tourist destination, the Look Out Hill, at the Malibongwe Restaurant in Khayelitsha. Approximately 100 women from various container projects were invited to the luncheon. We felt that it was an opportune moment to thank these women for the love and care that they share with so many under privileged communities through very difficult circumstances.
The women arrived dressed in their Africa traditional attire – the weather was a perfect match as sunshine and blue skies looked down on the day’s festivities. It was an honour to thank these heroic women for the admirable work that they do. They are the Ambassadors for Breadline Africa as they continue to do remarkable work in the renovated containers supplied to them by Breadline Africa.
In honor of Women’s day we invited Andrea Dondolo, story teller and actor, as our key note speaker, who delivered a very powerful speech as she recalled the history of Women’s Day. She encouraged the women in attendance to grow strong in what they are doing, to conquer and to rise up to their dreams. Andrea said that as Women we have a voice, and that we should use our voice to achieve our purpose. As women we sow the seeds of our own integrity. The seeds that we sow should enable us to reap the rewards the Creator has for us.
Andrea emphasized and made it clear to the women, ‘You are the mirrors of society, you are the ones that our children first encounter – you are the heroines’. Often times we are so overwhelmed by the little babies or children at your centers that we forget to say “thank you” to you. Today’s event is meant to nurture you; we thank you for your commitment to our communities.”
Mrs Leah Tutu, wife of Archbishop Desmond Tutu encouraged the women to continue their good work. Mrs Tutu said that as women we are “human builders” and that we are good at what we are doing. We also have to be our Sisters keepers and therefore we all have to carry on with the good that we are doing.
Also in attendance were various performers that rendered items of song and dance to entertain our guests which they thoroughly enjoyed.
We were in awe of the significant work that these women do not only on a national level, but globally. It’s been said that women are the architects of society and today particularly, being surrounded by such inspirational women, is a great statement.
We salute all the beautiful heroic women that go the extra mile to ensure that the children, the youth, the unemployed and senior citizens in their communities are being empowered and kept safe.