Growing Giants against all odds, thanks to you!

If you stood up to support our ongoing ‘Hampers of Hope’ campaign – thank you! We distributed 2 096 food hampers in November and December 2020; and another 774 parcels from January to April 2021.

These hampers literally saved lives. The generosity of our donors is nothing short of incredible.

In the months before lockdown, ACFS was serving daily meals to about 10 400 children across our centres in Soweto, Alexandra, Thembisa and Tsakane. In response to Covid-19, we prepared and distributed food parcels to 14 500 households. By the end of July 2020, our food parcel drive had reached 24 000 households!

Children like Thuli Tshabalala* and her four siblings, who live in a shack in Tladi, don’t enjoy everyday comforts like running water or electricity. But they have food every day – and even on special occasions like Christmas and Easter.

Five-year-old Sothini* and her little brother Cebisile*, who live in a shack in Doornkop with their mom, knew only biting hunger until they were enrolled for a daily peanut butter sandwich and milk; and a monthly Hamper of Hope.

The ACFS has over 13 000 hungry children like these registered across Jo’burg. Yet we’re flooded with hundreds of requests for food from desperate children and adults.

Malnutrition has well-known long-term consequences on children’s education, health, social and economic outcomes. But it also has immediate consequences, and we’re seeing a rise in bullying and child-on-child aggression.

But there’s hope. And it comes from donors like you.

Kindness from individual and corporate donors enabled us to continue to fulfil our mandate during this unprecedented hardship. Against all odds, our strategic goals and targets remain firmly on track.

Despite the chaos of 2020, we still managed to launch three additional Teenage Girls Programmes and opened two new centres in Tsakane and Kagiso. We also added another Toy Library in Naledi.

We’ve taken the opportunity to rebuild and reposition our organisation for the future. We have launched a bright new logo and slogan: Advancing Children For Success. It’s a clear and bold indication of our intention to create opportunities for children; and to provide them with support and intervention to help them build a brighter future.

Thank you, one and all, for your continued support of our children. Without them, we have no future.

As you can see, the winds of change are blowing! So zip up your anorak and jump aboard the ACFS ship. The giants of tomorrow need your support today. Thank you!

*Not their real names

2020 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.

Click on the image below to download our 2020 Annual Report.

Have you seen our big reveal?

We’re excited to reveal a bold new logo for the ACFS: Advancing African Children for Success.

We love this logo! It captures our renewed purpose to build a more successful future for children from marginalised communities.

The ACFS dates back to 1945, when the late Bishop Trevor Huddleston started soup kitchens in Alexander and Soweto. To this day, nutrition remains a core focus area – delivered through beloved programmes like peanut butter sandwiches, food parcels and vegetable production.

Yet we must do more to prepare children for success. That’s why we’ve expanded into a variety of child-centred stimulation and educational support programmes, such as the Teenage Girls Programme, toy libraries and the Computer Skills Programme.

The computer programme is already equipping 220 children in Meadowlands and Pimville with skills for a modern era. We are grateful to Vodacom and Liquid Telecom for kitting out these computer labs, and to Education City for sponsoring the software.

When visionaries work together like this, we can build within children a desire to become their best selves; and propel them towards a more promising future.

And that’s the message our logo delivers! Please visit us on social media and tell us what you think.

Your hampers give happiness

A bleak Christmas loomed for thousands of ACFS families at the end of 2020. That all changed when our awesome donors raised their hands to support ‘Hampers of Hope’.

Thanks to donors, we distributed 2096 food hampers in November and December. These hampers made the difference between heartache and hunger . . . and happiness and hope.

Little Thuli Tshabalala*, who lives with her parents and four siblings in a shack in Tladi, does not know the comforts of water, sanitation or electricity. Her parents do not have jobs or social grants.

But her family had food on their table over the festive season. And that’s thanks to you!

Unfortunately, our job is not done. The Covid pandemic has forced families into even deeper unemployment and hardship. We’re dismayed by the starvation and desperation we see in our community every day.

We need you to please support Hampers of Hope throughout the year – because children need to eat every day (and not just at Christmas).

Please click here to send your urgent gift to prevent childhood starvation.

Fresh veggies begin at home

We don’t mind whether our green-fingered beneficiaries grow veggies in their own small gardens at home, or at ACFS community centres. All we want is to see them growing their own food!

The ACFS Food Garden project is one of our most important initiatives. It empowers beneficiaries to supplement their food parcels with fresh veggies and vitamins – and helps them raise healthier children. They can also potentially earn an income from veggie sales.

So to celebrate World Food Day 2020, we held a food gardening training day at our centre. Growers learned how to set up food gardens from scratch, and planted veggies like carrots, cabbages, onions, spinach and beetroot; as well as herbs like coriander, fennel and rosemary.

After a hearty lunch – which included freshly harvested veggies – the growers went home eager to put their lessons into practise.

Many food producers have already completed their ACFS training and are being rewarded with higher yields. They’ll be selling their goods at ACFS Fresh Produce Markets. Please support them on their market days, if possible – which take place once a week at the centres, and once a month at our head office. You can contact us on for more information.

Please click here to support our food producers with urgently needed implements like spades, hosepipes and rakes. Thank you!

Growing great girls

The Teenage Girls Programme has grown beautifully since it was piloted in 2019 with 50 girls. It’s become a major attraction among young girls and has received some great publicity.

The programme will now be expanding from two ACFS centres to all our centres, thanks to fantastic support from Coca-Cola and Doja-Cat.

This is an exciting development. We have over 6000 teenage girls in ACFS programmes. They face significant pressure and often need extra support to cope. That’s where this programme comes into its own.

“It helped me so much with my schoolwork. Now I can answer questions in my English class,” says Mpumelelo.

Another participant, Amohelang from Pimville, says: “I have better confidence. I always feel good. I’m ready to go out and get the world!”

We would love you to support our young ladies with items like:
Sanitary pads * Non-perishable grooming products * Perfumes * Hair scrunchies * Manicure kits and makeup sets * Weaves * Knitting and sewing kits * Magazines and journals * Art sets * Volley balls, board games and gym mats * Exercise leggings

Please contact us here to donate gifts in kind – or click here to send your urgent donation to our teenage girls.

Be a PB Hero

Our peanut butter sandwich and milk programme is still an irresistible drawcard for hungry children. Every day, this humble meal attracts 12 458 children to our centres.

Once children are at our centres, we can assess them and encourage them to take up other programmes to ensure their full development.

But it all starts with that sticky peanut sarmie! As you can imagine, we go through a huge amount of peanut butter, bread, milk powder, paper cups and plates every day.

So please be a PB hero! Click here to support our PB programme.

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