Friday, 27 August 2021 was a very special day for BreadlineAfrica as it celebrated an exceptional milestone by handing over its 700ᵗʰ infrastructure unit to the staff and children of Anointed Edu-Care Centre in Asanda Village in Strand, Cape Town.
Although established in 1993, ten years later, in 2003, is when Breadline Africa transitioned from a grant giver to providing converted shipping containers as a poverty alleviation intervention. As a result, classrooms, kitchens, toilets, and libraries have been placed in disadvantaged communities across the country and have impacted the lives of thousands of children. Therapy rooms, storage, and even sports change-room facilities have also been donated to projects in need over the years.”We are delighted to be launching our 700th unit,” said Marion Wagner, Director of Breadline Africa. “Particularly because it is a classroom, and we believe that access to a solid educational foundation ultimately leads to pathways out of poverty.
“This is a great milestone to celebrate, but there is much work still to be done. We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of placing 1,000 infrastructure units by 2023, reaching 250,000 children, and I know we can achieve it!”
She added, “It is through the generous support of individuals, companies, and foundations that Breadline Africa can continue this important work and we challenge all South Africans to come on board and help reach the target.”
In attendance at the launch was Bianca Bezuidenhout – a finalist in the running for the Miss South Africa 2021 title, a Breadline Africa donor and brand ambassador. “We are very excited to see these young children grow into strong, educated future leaders of our country. When we show up to prepare the grounds for the next generation, we show up for the future of South Africa.”
As for Neliswa and the children, they are excited to finally have a dedicated classroom and a space to call their own. The children were treated to an exciting day of cupcakes, treats, balloons and a magic show.