We celebrated our first launch of 2020 with Common Good Foundation at the handover of a much needed container kitchen at Boundary Primary School in Bonteheuwel. Guests attending the launch were entertained by the recently-established school choir who enthusiastically sang three songs despite not being accompanied by the school’s electric keyboard, due to an unscheduled power cut in the city on the morning of the launch.
Along with the establishment of the Oranjekloof Moravian Primary School library in 2017 and a library upgrade at Disa Primary in 2019, the Boundary Primary kitchen is the third project to be completed since the establishment of a partnership between Breadline Africa and Common Good Foundation. Boundary Primary is one of three schools supported by Common Good Foundation which provides additional educational and operational support to strengthen school governance, leadership and management. The school currently has 510 children from Grade R – 7 and has a teaching and leadership staff of seventeen.
School Principal, Mr Stanford Allies, welcomed guests to the launch and expressed his sincere gratitude to the Breadline Africa donors and Common Good Foundation who jointly funded this project. Mr Allies, who also hails from Bonteheuwel, shows a deep emotional connection with the Bonteheuwel community and is a strong advocate for children’s rights. In his address to guests, Mr Allies said that the new kitchen facility will significantly improve the school’s ability to prepare meals in a safe and hygienic environment and to offer children, the majority of whom come to school on an empty stomach, the dignity of at least one nourishing meal every day. This sentiment was echoed by local Ward Councillor, Mr Angus McKenzie, who encouraged the children to rise above the challenge of living in a community where crime and violence is prevalent and not to be afraid to lean on the support that the school makes available to them.
Also attending this launch, were long-time Breadline Africa donors, Trish, Andy and Sarah Walker from Devon in the United Kingdom who were on holiday in Cape Town. Diane Laugksch, Breadline Africa’s Strategic Partnerships Manager thanked everyone for making time to attend this event and stressed that without the ongoing support of its local donors, the 548 kitchen, classroom, toilet and library infrastructure units which Breadline Africa has placed at pre-schools and at under-resourced primary schools across South Africa since 1996, would never have been possible!