“The poor, no matter how destitute, have enormous untapped capacity; find it, be inspired by it and build upon it.” Robert D Lupton in Toxic Charity
On the outskirts of Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s oldest and most beautiful towns, lies the impoverished community of Kayamandi, Every day, 35 000 families struggle to make ends meet.
In 2005, a group of friends started making sandwiches for hungry school children in Kayamandi. Anchored in the belief that healthy children are happier, more alert and will have a better chance of being successful adults, we established our nutrition programme. Today, we evaluate about 3 200 children in the community to find those who are malnourished. These are enrolled in our programme and each child receives a nutritious meal daily thanks to the outstanding generosity of our donors.
Alongside this programme, we have an Enterprise Development programme directed at the parents of these children. Every six months, 100 mothers enroll and receive a large monthly food parcel. We help parents identify and create income-earning opportunities through training and mentorship programmes. These include skills training, micro-business courses, and vocational counselling. This programme also includes vegetable gardening, sewing classes, medical knowledge lectures, gym, yoga and life skills support. We assist parents to establish food gardens at home by giving them seedlings, compost and training.
We hand out washable sanitary panties and condoms, and educate teens to make informed decisions about their futures and to take a stand against rape.
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into our giving” Mother Teresa
Stellenbosch Community Development Programme
ABSA | Branch code: 632005 | Account number: 406 384 1099 | SWIFT code: ABSAZAJJ
Address Love to Give Centre, School Crescent, Kayamandi, Stellenbosch
Postal Address PO Box 2142, Dennesig 7601, South Africa