Projects/Container Programme



One of Breadline Africa’s most successful enterprises has been its provision of renovated shipping containers for various uses. Since 1993, Breadline Africa has provided over 240 containers to poverty-stricken communities across South Africa.

Important notice:
Breadline Africa will not be accepting container applications post September 30, 2014. We will accept applications in January 2015.




Hunger and poverty create a vicious cycle: hungry adults are literally too weak to work or look for work; hungry children are too tired to absorb the learning that might lift them out of their wretched circumstances. And hunger is so cruel – it returns again and again.

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Education holds the key to a better future – for each child – and the world. As Robert F. Kennedy once said: “The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.”

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Diarrhoea, bronchitis, hepatitis – for babies and toddlers, these infections often spell out a death sentence, especially in the poorer areas where Breadline Africa works. We know that “prevention is better than cure” quite simply saves lives.

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The ability to provide opportunities for recreation and sport and the opportunity to dream are critical to changing individual’s paradigms and breaking the cycles of despair and hopelessness.

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In this programme containers are refurbished into libraries which are placed in impoverished schools and areas around South Africa. Given that only about 20% of schools in South Africa have functioning libraries, these containers provide a real impetus towards promoting literacy in schools.

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Legacy containers

Here are some examples of the projects we have been able to help with legacies left by generous donors.

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