a feeding scheme run by volunteers, funded by south africans

Getting Lubunjwa Luseve off the ground

The children who come every weekday for their meals are very much the LI "family". Over the years a number of activities have been arranged for the children including outings, arts and crafts sessions, fun runs etc. generally on a random ad hoc basis. We have always recognised however that just like any family, there is a need for regular home support.

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The Christmas Story 2011

We yet again had a wonderful Christmas party: the children started gathering way ahead of schedule so were shepherded out the gate by the ever watchful Bonginkosi until it was time to start.

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A speech by Claire, sent by email.

To honoured guests, family and friends, and the children.

I welcome you all; it’s a great pleasure to have you here at this opening of the Lula Isandla kitchen and the extensive re-vamping carried out on the Zenzeleni Centre, for which we have many many people to thank.

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A thank you letter

We ask people for help, we ask them for money, and you all give so generously. We do think we know what effect we have on people's lives, and we think we know what it means for these children to have food in their stomachs.

I think that the children might only understand the difference once they are older. And then, the other day this letter arrived at Lula Isandla.

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AA gas

Since the early days of Lula Isandla, we have been cooking outside of the kitchen. The exisiting kitchen is very small and the stove is too small to cater for the large pots needed to cook for all the children.

We therefore bought gas cookers (have alook here to see them) so that the cooking could happen anywhere. Further to this we buy gas from AA gas every month, and every month or so they donate a bottle of gas.

This month (July 2011), in lieu of the monthly donation they serviced the 'gas cooking table' instead. Thanks to Ellen for arranging this.

Vukuza Mamas go sew

The Vukuza Mamas have (once again) been commissioned to make a set of soccer shirts and shorts for a local school.

Great stuff, getting known for their sewing abilities.

Well done!

Mandela Day

We had two groups of people spending their time for Mandela Day at Lula Isandla.

4 pupils from the Mpophomeni High School offered up 67 minutes of their afternoon to come to the center to serve lunch to the Lula Isandla children, and then wash up. I was very taken with this gesture of ‘reaching out’ to fellow pupils.

The staff of the Para-Legal and Gender office, next-door to the Lula Isandla office at the Zenzeleni Centre, made a difference today by doing the cooking for the children’s lunch - quite an eye-opener for them to cook that much food!

But a very nice break from the routine for the Vukuza Mamas. We thank them for making a difference in our lives.

The Fun Run 2011

How does Bruce Fordyce, the decorated ultra-marathon winner prepare, for his 29th attempt at the race that defined his running career? He maintains the strict training regime that supported him through the years; he follows the diet that keeps his energy level high enough for the 86 kilometres; and (in 2011) he arrives at the Zenzeleni Community Centre in Mpophomeni to hand out the prizes for a 5 kilometer fun run.

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Kenya's smart solution to Aids awareness.

How do you teach young people in Africa about safe sex in a way that’s not patronising, alienating or obstructive? Meet Mark Kaigwa, a young Kenyan who was part of a Nairobi-based Warner Bros initiative to create an action-packed computer game that’s fun to play, yet contains strong social messages.


Howick Lions donate MORE!!!

Howick Lions have received a donation from Toshiba for a fax/copier machine for Lula Isandla!!

On top of that they have allocated a lump sum of R5000 to Lula Isandla.

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