Community food gardens

Supporters visit Centres

Vegetable garden

Pictured above: ACFS supporters visit the communal food gardens at our Zolo Community Centre.

On Thursday 27 February, we welcomed a group of eight of our generous supporters to the ACFS. The visitors enjoyed a full day’s tour of three of our Centres in Soweto.

Starting with Zola, the group had an opportunity to explore the new toy library and interact with the children. Afterwards, they toured the communal food gardens where they were impressed with the range and quality of the produce being grown.

Then it was off to Pimville and an opportunity to see our skills development programme in action. The visitors helped to prepare lunch for the children and settled down to enjoy some well earned refreshments of their own.

Our final stop for the afternoon was Meadowlands, where the new computer lab has just opened.

Encouraging our donor friends to come along and experience first hand what is being achieved with their help is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. And the children love having visitors and being able to sing for them and show off their educational skills. Thanks so much to Wendy, Alison, Fran, Jane, Karen, Frank, John and Amanda for spending the day with us.

Please click here for more photos of the visit.

testing the new bakery oven

Bakery project grows

testing the new bakery oven

This week a team from Celebrate Life installed a second bakery oven at our ACFS Jabavu Community Centre in Soweto. This gives wings to our dream of being able to eventually bake enough bread every day to feed the over 10 000 hungry children enrolled in our feeding scheme.

Head Baker, Thembisa Msimango, gave the community a ‘taste of the goods’ and everyone agreed that the fresh bread was nothing short of delicious!

A big thank you to Celebrate Life and Hylton Ross Exclusive Touring for sponsoring this oven – what a difference you are making to this community!

Mandela Day volunteers

SA Chefs cook up a storm for our kids on Mandela Day

Mandela Day volunteers

Huge thanks as always to the generous volunteers from the South African Chefs Association. Every year – and 2019 was no exception – a team arrives at one of our centres on Mandela Day, with car loads of fresh ingredients, pots and pans.

Soon the air is filled with the mouthwatering aroma of stewing meat and vegetables, and our little ones queue up to receive their nourishing meal. The gogos working in the vegetable garden aren’t forgotten either. When they take their rest at midday, they also enjoy the delicious meal dished up by the chefs. Then, in the afternoon, the school kids start arriving with eager anticipation.

In between all the cooking, there’s time to play with the kids and even test your skill with a hula hoop!

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