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Breadline Africa brought some early Christmas cheer to the town of Gouda in the Western Province, Cape Town in South Africa.

Gouda lies 37 km south of Porterville along the R44. The name Gouda is said to originate from a Khoikhoi word meaning ‘antelope’ or ‘honey kloof’.

The village lies at the western entrance of Nuwekloof Pass between Tulbagh and Wellington. The settlement started on a farm named Gouda. Gouda originally served as a railhead for Porterville and was known as Porterville Road in the early years. A branch line from Hermon to Porterville was built in 1929.

Most of the people here are seasonal farm workers for the surrounding farms where grapes, peaches and bananas are grown.  During the off season these families battle to make ends meet.

This was an opportune moment to reach out to these people who work so tirelessly and contribute a valuable skill to the farms in the area. This much needed hamper would help them over this period of unemployment.

Mothers, fathers and grandparents came to collect a much needed Christmas Hamper filled with much needed food ingredients. Some of the grandchildren came to collect the hamper on behalf of the parents who were not feeling well and were unable to attend.  Words of thanks were exchanged as emotions ran high. Some of these senior citizens shed a tear of thankfulness and could not understand that Breadline Africa  care for their struggles.

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who made this event possible.

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Written by Edna Titus (Donor  Liaison)