Build a Second Soup Kitchen in S. Africa

 
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Dec 4, 2014

World AIDS day at the soup kitchen in Bedford

World AIDS Day teens
World AIDS Day teens

Thanks to the generous donations we have received, our still rudimentary but funcitoning soup kitchen in the Eastern Cape was able to feed a huge crowd for World AIDS Day on 1 December.  This would not have been possible even 6 months ago and the pictures attest to satisfied tummies and the gratitude of those whose lives are so devastingly affected by AIDS in S. Africa still in 2014.

We are reaching out and writing grant proposals and have received an award.  Life in Bedford is truly hard and we scrap and use every resource we have to feed the many who come daily for a hot meal.  We want to do more and use our resources to the best of our abilities.

The attached photos show our work - we eat outside and eat simply, but we are feeding young and growing as well as old and we have become an important resource in the community.

We hope to do much more.

Bedford hungry youths
Bedford hungry youths
Worl AIDS Day remembrance and meal
Worl AIDS Day remembrance and meal
Sep 18, 2014

September update on Bedford Soup Kitchen

Bedford friends having a meal
Bedford friends having a meal

Dear friends,

Thanks to your help, our second soup kitchen in Bedford, S. Africa, which we created in the house of Ndileka's mother, who died earlier this year, is up and running and feeding up to 100 people a day.  All of these people are from the surrounding township and are so food insecure that many go without for days at a time. 

We are running a simple operation, staffed with volunteers, and serve simple but nutritious food, one meal a day.

But do not think it is not making a HUGE difference in the lives of those we feed.

Our aims for this project are modest - to secure  a steady source of food, pay for utilities.

Gratefully, Ndileka

Hunger abated
Hunger abated
Teens dig in to good food
Teens dig in to good food
Samp and beans taste good
Samp and beans taste good
Jun 23, 2014

Progress on New Bedford Soup Kitchen

67 kids with new clothes
67 kids with new clothes

Ndileka has been feverishly working with the provincial authorities in the Eastern Cape, and specifically, New Bedford, to obtain all necessary permits for the new soup kitchen.  She has made presentations for a grand on the 2nd of June and is awaiting momentarily to make a presentation to the Department of Social Development.  It is the Tutuka support group that is ready and willing to provide the support to make the kitchen work - mothers of the very children who will benefit from the meals provided.

Meanwhile, Ndileka has been able to give stationery and clothing to many families, and footballs to all the local soccer teams.  She expects the kitchen to open during final construction, which all should be within the next month or so.

The poverty of this area is deep and the impact of this soup kitchen cannot be overstated.  The whole community is participating in the project and foodbanks stand ready to supply fresh and frozen food.  When operational, Ndileka expects to feed over 100 food insecure children and families a day. 

This is a project on the cusp of operational functionality - stay tuned!

Soccer balls for all
Soccer balls for all
Beneficiaries
Beneficiaries
Bedford ready
Bedford ready
Ready to eat and learn
Ready to eat and learn
Soup Kitchen staff and kids
Soup Kitchen staff and kids
Mar 13, 2014

Kitchen Completed-New Soup Kitchen Project Proposal for the Eastern Cape township of Bedford

Ndileka and potential beneficiaries
Ndileka and potential beneficiaries

The team of volunteers, under the direction of Ndileka Xameni, is now serving hundreds of meals to food insecure children and adults in Langa Township, thanks to the successful completion of the new kitchen at Siyaphambili AIDS Orphans Village. 

Ndileka's mother died this year.  She had lived outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern province of S. Africa in a township called Bedford. 

Ndileka and her siblings decided to turn their mother's house into a brand new soup kitchen for the residents of the Bedford - the shanty town where she lived and where hunger and food insecurity run rampant.

Details of this new project are laid out in the edited project report for Siyaphambili, as it is a related project.

Dec 13, 2013

Kitchen running smoothly, Fuel Fund About Funded!

Madiba
Madiba

Dear friends from around the world,

I write you as we continue to mourn and to celebrate the death of our beloved Madiba, Nelson Mandela to most of you.  We sing and we praise him, we thank the powers that be to have known him and had him in our lives and for our country.  Now we honor his memory by continuing our work with our community - AIDS orphans, teen mothers, boy fathers, grandparent-headed households, child-headed households, after school, creche [pre-school], and meals meals meals.  How glorious is our new kitchen - we cannot describe what a joy it is for our ever more volunteers to come and cook and serve so many, and ever more, hungry.  We have samp and beans on and ready all day all night.  We have refrigerators and freezers big enough to store fresh food, healthy food for all.  We have qualified for larger Food Bank donations.  We reuse our new dishes, helping the environment and enjoying their colors, their hardness, the ease with which we use them and wash them.  All because of people, mostly unknown to us directly, giving to us and helping us evolve and grow.  We feel blessed.  And we are adding funds to our reserve for fuel for the stove, the van and the electricity as we work with project managers to get our organization ready for the next phase of growth.  We will have a new concrete project by spring in America - here it is hot summer.

Langa reality
Langa reality
Ready for the hyngry!
Ready for the hyngry!
Ndileka and some of her orphans
Ndileka and some of her orphans

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Project Leader

Ndileka Xameni

Founder and Director
Langa, Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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