a feeding scheme run by volunteers, funded by south africans
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May 2008

Welcome to our first Lula Isandla newsletter!

Its taken us a couple of months, but as promised, we have some news on how Fakazile and her team are doing with the kitchen. A very big thank you to all who are involved with Lula Isandla in any capacity – every bit of effort and every cent counts!

Since our first email sent to family and friends at the end of January the outpouring of generosity has been unbelievable, and far surpassed anything we could have imagined. From money to clothes, pots, pans and coal stoves, the donations have been incredible. Lula Isandla is now just over a few months old, and since January the number of children who receive a well balanced meal has grown from 30, eating once or twice a week, to 150 children and 3 adults, being fed three times a week.

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January 2008

This is the first e-mail that William sent out January of 2008. It started the avalanche of contribution.


Hello everyone, apologies for the massive mail, but we need some help.

I know times are hard with the post Christmas pinch, and with Tito not really helping, but for some, times are even harder.

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The Beginning

The Zenzeleni Community Centre was established as a centre for people in the community as a place to launch self-help projects.

So far there is a sewing group, a computer centre (now self-funding) and the Mphophomeni Tourism Board (also now self-funding, and so successful that they are building their own offices). The women who gather at the centre to sew in order to eke out an income, also go out into the community on a Friday, visiting and comforting the elderly, and volunteering to clean, wash, cook or do whatever is required.

I met Mrs Fakazile Mchunu by chance. And after chatting about this and that, discovered she has a particular interest in helping vulnerable children especially from child-headed households. So she and I both thought a cooked lunch would be of enormous benefit to these children.

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