Team members: N Baboolall, V Maharaj, P Maharaj, R Indul, M Mackardoij
Volunteers wanting to assist with cleaning of ingredients and distribution of cooked meals along with fundraising can contact Payal Maharaj.
Food items can dropped off at 19 Spencer Road, Clare Estate. Kindly call to make arrangements for both drop-offs and collection.
FFL Dbn Central fed 900 kids at Clareville Primary School in Clare Estate on 24th Feb 2015.
Women’s Day! Dynamic words, add to that Food for Life, and it extends the magnitude of this exceptional day. The designated organisation was the Umgeni Empowerment Community Centre, where the residents were treated to a specially arranged Women’s Day program.
In addition, sponsors were sourced for various items, which the ladies do not have access to and/or unable to obtain on their own. The generous contributions were allocated individually for each resident and all products were packed into beautiful bags. The ladies were treated to a delicious lunch and dessert and had an enjoyable social with their friends. The gift-bags were then presented to the special ladies, this was surely a surprise for which they were most appreciative and grateful.
There were also a few children resident at the shelter, so some sweet treats and toys were packed into goodie-bags for each child. Much to their surprise and delight these were received with great joy and smiles.
The ladies resident here have been subjected to harsh conditions and had to overcome difficult experiences. Hence, the creation of these initiatives are imperative, as it potentiates the ability for individual expansion and allows for progressive development of the community as well.
The Umgeni Empowerment Community Centre really valued the input and efforts of the Food for Life team and the Women’s Day program was a great success. Hopefully this can serve as a platform to create more opportunities for programs like this in the future.
Sincere thanks and gratitude to all the generous sponsors for making it a spectacular Women’s Day!
The Durban Central team were well prepared and motivated to initiate their first official feeding program. With the deliciously warm meals packed and ready for distribution, the enthusiastic team embarked on the days program. This included an array of informal settlements in the Durban area, viz Palmiet Road, Sirpat Road, Shannon Drive and Kennedy Road.
The distribution, at all of these impoverished communities reflected the dire need for a warm plate of food. The lack of employment and extremely poor standard of living conditions further creates the need for well-balanced meals to be provided here.
Eager and happy children were there to greet us at every stop and queued up to collect their wonderful servings, with of course some retuning for seconds… and thirds.
The commonality at all of the above areas indicates the significant need for nourishment to children and adults who may not necessarily have a warm meal for days. This directly impacts their health and ability to function at a maximum capacity on a daily basis.
The days program culminated at the Saint Theresa’s Children’s Home, where once again happy, smiling children welcomed the team. All the residents were very familiar with the meal of choice and were eager to start on their evening meal.
The Food for Life team made a huge difference and lasting impression on the people of our community during this very first initiative, which is surely only the beginning of many more plates!