Khayelihle Primary School in Vosloorus is situated south of Boksburg and east of Katlehong. Vosloorus township was established in 1963 when Black Africans were removed from Stirtonville because it was considered by the government too close to a white town. More than 180,000 people live in the township.
On 25 April 2019, the Health and Safety Inspector condemned the school kitchen and gave them 30 days to install a suitable kitchen or else the feeding scheme would be stopped. This would impact all of the 1,146 children who receive two meals a day at the school. For most of the children, this is the only food they receive as they come from surrounding impoverished communities where many families are unemployed.
As a no-fee school, Khayelihle had no means to set up a new kitchen and no alternative space. The District Officials were also not able to assist. Breadline Africa heard of their plight and within 24 hours of what they termed their darkest day, we were able to reassure them that we would assist. Kulula.com kindly agreed to fund the kitchen and a six-metre kitchen container was placed on the school site. On 9 September, their Compliancy Certificate was re-issued and the next day, the school celebrated the official opening. The sound of over 1,400 children singing their hearts out was incredibly moving.
The school’s dedicated and inspirational principal, Queen Twala, told everyone how this was akin to a miracle as she could not possibly face the thought of the children not receiving food. How can children learn and concentrate with no food? Many arrive at school not having eaten at all. The school is proud of everything they have achieved (reaching their target of 60% for each grade thanks to the commitment of 32 teachers, the staff, kitchen volunteers, parents and the School Governing Body.
Kulula.com Wellbeing Coordinator, Ms Artemis Markanastasakis remarked on how beautifully the children were behaved and what a well-run school this was. She said it was a privilege to be able to sponsor the kitchen in such an amazing school and reminded the children to always wave when they see the big green plane flying overhead as the Kulula team would be waving back. A team of Kulula.com flight attendants attended the launch, elegant and striking in full uniform. Many children will no doubt aspire to be just like them.
Breadline Africa Director, Ms Marion Wagner said it was such an honour to be attending this launch as the energy, passion and hope we see for the future, makes everything we do so worthwhile.