What We Do

Breadline Africa provides infrastructure projects that benefit early childhood development (ECD – providing educational support to children between the ages of one and six years), and children and youth in literacy. Today, Breadline Africa is one of the biggest suppliers of converted shipping containers for poverty relief in South Africa and has delivered more than 350 containers to poverty-stricken communities across the country.

This focus is clustered into three main areas – Early Childhood Development (ECD), libraries and a range of similar container projects to uplift communities. In addition, Breadline Africa also provides initiatives (such as seaside outings, feeding programmes and school stationery support) to uplift the lives of young children – to open imagination and enable futures.

ECD Centres

Breadline Africa provides infrastructure for ECD Centres (nursery schools) such as classrooms, toilet facilities or kitchens, using re-purposed shipping containers. The aim is to improve mental and physical health; thus improving school readiness and reducing risky behaviours. The statistics below highlight the problem South Africa faces:

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In addition to this, Breadline Africa have also launched an additional 9 Library and Media Centres.

Reconditioned shipping containers are also converted for various other projects, such as soup kitchens, toilets, gardening projects as well as office and storage space.

Refer to the interactive table for an overview of Breadline Africa’s infrastructure projects since 1996

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Breadline Africa provides libraries using reconverted shipping containers and prefabricated structures. These are mainly placed in under-resourced primary schools across South Africa with some also being used as community libraries. The project was launched in response to the critical situation in South African schools – approximately 80% of them do not have access to a stocked library. It is the responsibility of government to ensure that teachers are trained accordingly and schools have adequate basic resources, but this is not the case in many primary schools across South Africa. Only 35% of children can read by the age of 12; 54% complete secondary school; and 4.7-million South Africans are totally illiterate.

Our libraries have created an opportunity for more than 50,000 children to access print rich material across all 9 provinces:

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