Ethembeni is a registered non-profit organisation. Our focus is community-care and upliftment through our various projects. We specifically focus on the disadvantaged communities and informal settlements in and around our large metros as well as deep rural settlements.
Our programmes include the following:
In early 2018 we built a food distribution centre in Roodepoort, Johannesburg. Our objective was to feed the children attending schools which are attached to informal settlements as these families are considered to be the poorest of the poor living in terrible conditions. For the last two years we have been providing I nutritious soup and bread as a meal to thousands of children at the schools on a daily basis. We have had many beautiful stories from teachers and children at the schools where our involvement is literally keeping Kids alive as the average income is so low that the parents budget our meals to the children as part of their monthly income. We feed throughout the school holidays. Our soup mix consists of vegetables and a vitamin enriched soup powder. We do the processing, packaging and distribution, and the community mom assists to cook for the kids at the schools. Although the South African government has feeding arrangements in place at schools throughout the country, they are extremely inconsistent and most of the Schools only receive lunch.
We have two food processing facilities in Gauteng and in Mpumalanga. We are currently feeding 1.2 million meals per annum in Gauteng alone and will by the end of this year I have a similar number in Mpumalanga. We mainly feed into schools and crèches within all connected to informal settlements. At most of the schools, our meal, which is a warm and nutritious cup of soup served with bread is the first meal of the day for more than 90% of the children. The soup is a thick chicken vegetable soup with fresh vegetables processed at our food processing facilities. The bread comes from our donors mentioned in our partners list. we have many beautiful testimonials from teachers and parents from the schools, testifying of the children’s increased ability to concentrate in the classrooms. Thank you to all our donors and volunteers for your generous contributions. Together we are feeding the future
We would like to thank our partners for their tremendous support through this very difficult COVID-19 year. It has been incredible to see how the community took hands in support of our efforts to reach and support the poor communities most affected by the instability that has crippled our nation. I would like to thank:
Cnr. Hendrik Potgieter and Falls Roads
Little Falls, Roodepoort, South Africa 1724
Ethembeni Place of Hope
Acc no: 4063356686
Branch code: 632005
SWIFT Code: ABSAZAJJ
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