a feeding scheme run by volunteers, funded by south africans

Fakazile and I always thought the very existence of Lula Isandla would have wonderful knock-on benefits for these vulnerable children; coming to a safe centre, monitored by caring Vukuza Mamas means they can get that extra bit of help. What follows illustrates this:

  • A shy, retiring, almost hiding, young girl with a school uniform far too small, the skirt held up by a chain of safety pins across the zip, blouse always being pulled down, was given a complete new uniform and underwear. Now she is a smiling happy exuberant teenager.
  • He was almost a dropout, skipping school and too friendly with the street kids. When asked why he did not go to school, he said the teacher told him not to come back until he stopped wearing ‘those white takkies’ – in fact he was very very scruffy and the trainers could hardly be called white! He got a complete new uniform, and new black shoes. Now he comes for lunch everyday, presenting himself to Fakazile, having come straight from school. So chuffed and happy he is to be back at school.

Lula Isandla

ToMphophomeniLula Isandla provides nourishing weekday lunches for vulnerable children in the small township of Mpophomeni in Kwazulu Natal.

These children, all of school going age, head up their own households because their parents are absent - absent because they have died of an HIV related illness; absent because they have turned to substance abuse; absent because they have moved elsewhere to look for work.

Lubunjwa Luseve

oct2009pics341How can we inspire an abandoned child, whose life is lonely, empty, to dream of a better future?

We have all done a great thing by providing the vulnerable children with lunches. And as we achieve greater stability with this, we feel we need to do more, provide more.

The Team

Fakazile Mchunu
Bonginkosi Ndlovu
Claire Johnston

The Vukuza Mamas

The Vukuza Mama's are a group of volunteer women from within the community who give of their time to support the children.

Not only do they help out at the community center with preparing meals and mentoring the children, but they are the eyes and ears in the community. They provide feedback on the children so that those who are too shy to ask for help are nonetheless provided with the appropriate support.

The Trust

The charitable vehicle responsible for initiating, administering and implementing the visions and goals of Lula Isandla is the Lula Isandla Trust (“the Trust”).

The Trust was established in 2010 as a result of the continued success and growth of Lula Isandla and the resultant need to establish a formal charitable vehicle.