2021 Annual Report

ACFS – Community Education has proven itself to be a model for social transformation and development. We have successfully driven special holistic interventions that place the child and the family at the center.

Our core projects and interventions have attracted the attention of government departments, academic institutions and other external agencies and this has given us the opportunity to learn from their positive and constructive feedback. We are so proud of the progress we are making in striving to achieve our goals.

We continue to aspire to be an organisation that seeks to grow skills, micro enterprise and early learning through play based methodologies while focusing on the nutritional needs and hunger mitigation for our children and families in the communities we serve.

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A Legacy to be proud of

If we have learnt anything over the last 2 years of the global pandemic of Covid-19, the loss of lives, suffering and financial hardships, its that life is short and life is precious. As humbling as that thought is, it allows us to focus on what is important and also that we need to plan for the lives of future generations of children. One of the ways to do that is through a bequest.

A bequest is a gift or monetary incentive specified in your Will to be given to a particular person or organisation after you have passed away. A bequest can be your lasting legacy that can touch the lives of thousands of children for years to come. By leaving a bequest to ACFS, you can help us combat childhood malnutrition as well as contribute to our other programmes which include skills development, HIV/Aids awareness and communal food gardens.

A bequest can take the form of specific items of value, sums of money, residuary estate amounts, life assurance policies or a percentage of your total estate. Bequests to ACFS in the past have helped build the foundation for the feeding and educational programmes to where they are today. The benefits to you include saving on estate duties and the mental wellbeing of knowing you have contributed to the lives of thousands of children as well as caregivers in Gauteng.

If you are interested in leaving a bequest in your Will or you would like more information on other ways you can contribute to the programmes that ACFS offers, please click the button below. 

A birthday hug for Zola kids

Many children can’t wait for their birthday and all the gifts and attention that comes with it. But when Mathale Malema turned 11, she didn’t think about herself.

She gathered all her friends and asked them to donate clothes and toys to the little ones at ACFS; and then spent a Saturday with our kids at Zola celebrating her big day.

Thank you, Mathale, for your warm birthday hug! You’re an inspiration to us all.

Remember, even if you can’t celebrate your birthday with us in person, you can celebrate by donating a party to our children. Birthday parties are a rare treat – and a little bit of happiness goes a long way!

If you’d like to sponsor a party please email us at info@acfs.org.za.

Thank you!

Emndeni ladies love learning

The more we upskill ACFS parents and caregivers, the better their chance of becoming self-sustainable. That’s why we have ongoing adult skills training at our community centres.

In March, our ladies at Emndeni were empowered with crocheting and sewing techniques, while Ukuvuna taught them about vegetable and herb production.

Beneficiaries can grow crops in the smallest of spaces – anything from old tyres to maize meal sacks – to supplement their diet with fresh veggies and vitamins.

Thank you for supporting our caregivers as they strive to move beyond dependency.

Teens let their hair down

The Teenage Girls Programme has brought joy and poise to thousands of young girls since it was piloted in 2019. It’s attracting the attention of wonderful supporters and volunteers.

In April, Pat from the Teddy Bear Foundation and ENKE youth service volunteers held drama sessions for the girls at Jabavu.

These girls face many daily struggles and it was such fun to see them let their hair down.

Sixteen-year-old Hlengi*, who lives in two-roomed house in Pimville with 18 family members, says the club has helped her focus on her personal growth. “I’m no longer angry with other children at school. I like my English teacher more because I can answer questions – and I have more mature conversations with my peers.”

Hlengi’s confidence has grown and with it, her aspirations. “I wish to become a mechanical engineer or a lawyer. I can’t wait to buy my own house!”

*Not her real name

Follow the food trail

Times change and programmes evolve. But one thing will never change: our determination to nourish hungry children.

The ACFS runs a two-tier feeding programme:

  • The after school feeding programme reaches over 12 000 children at nine community centres. They are served a peanut butter sandwich with a cup of milk and fresh fruit three days a week; and a hot meal twice a week.
  • Our ECD programme caters for 260 children aged three to six years. They receive formal ECD classes and porridge, a fresh fruit snack, and a hot lunch.
  • A nutrition outreach programme targets very young children from much-deprived households in informal settlements. It reaches about 2 400 children.
  • Monthly food parcels are distributed to 350 families living far below the breadline. Food parcels are donated mainly by well-wishers and companies like Tiger Brands. Parents and caregivers also receive food garden training.

We thank all our donors for helping us build this wonderful network of nourishment.

Books bring joy

All ACFS centres now have something wonderful: a registered Nal’ibali reading club. 

Nal’ibali is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark learning through storytelling and reading.

We kicked off the programme in May by holding workshops to train reading club facilitators. These adults are passionate about reading. They will create opportunities for children to handle books, listen to stories, play games and discuss stories.

Research shows that South African Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning. We are also aware that children in our poor communities are even more at risk on falling behind from basic literacy skills. We urgently need to change that – because literacy skills are a strong predictor of academic success.

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