Known for its fruit orchards and breath-taking mountain views, the valley of Ceres in the Western Cape now also boasts a new, hygienic kitchen at Ceres Secondary School.
Launched on Wednesday, 16 February 2022 and co-funded by Perdekraal East Wind Farm and Breadline Africa, this 20m2 prefab kitchen will be used to prepare meals so that 570 children at the school can receive two meals every day.
This is not the first time that Perdekraal East Windfarm has partnered with Breadline Africa to provide infrastructure solutions to support education programmes. In 2020, the company funded a 60m2 prefabricated classroom for Vrolike Vinkies Pre-Primary Educare Centre in Ceres. Vrolike Vinkies offers a quality learning programme for children with special educational needs.
Grade 12 student, Glaney Valensky welcomed guests to the launch event and thanked Breadline Africa on behalf of the school for offering its help. “You are enabling us as a school to provide a safe and secure space for our learners. As a student myself, I have seen the great need for stability.”
“To Perdekraal East Wind Farm: I have been to your facility and have seen the great lengths you go to, in ensuring that the communities have opportunities to prosper. We will forever be grateful for everyone’s help.”
This sentiment was echoed by Hetta Hamman, a parent and member of the school governing body.
Diane Laugksch, Breadline Africa’s Strategic Partnerships Manager, thanked Perdekraal East Wind Farm for their partnership. She added that in a context where 9-million school children rely on receiving a meal at school each day, the importance of school nutrition programmes cannot be underestimated.
Principal, Wilrozet Strauss summed it up perfectly: “Words are not enough to express our thanks. Our ladies who work in the feeding programme have been waiting for the new kitchen for a long time and are very excited to be working from the new structure. You have improved the environment for our children to receive their meals – thank you.”