May 12, 2020

Nomfuneko is finally Baking, and Cooking!

Nomfuneko's New Oven
Nomfuneko's New Oven

After a couple of challenges to get Nomfuneko her Mama Mimi’s wood fired oven, we decided to buy her a full gas stove and oven to start off her community bakery. The organisation that provides these wood fired ovens are no longer in existence, hence we looked for alternatives to ensure that we still help Nomfuneko with your generous donations. 

The Covid-19 pandemic also brought its own challenges, but the oven allowed Nomfuneko to be of service to the needy in her community.

Nomfuneko who runs the Kusile Women Empowerment organisation writes:

"During the lockdown, Kusile Women Empowerment has been working tirelessly, making sure that the poverty-stricken communities of Stutterheim have access to at least one cooked meal per day. 

The number of beneficiaries kept on growing every day, because the need for food is so great especially with children who are used to school feeding scheme. The centre had to open two other soup kitchens closer to the communities that have the greatest need for cooked meals.

Over 750 children and with 20% being elderly people, are benefiting from the 3 soup kitchens managed by Kusile Women Empowerment. The stove that was supplied by Rural Development Support Programme (through GlobalGiving) is playing a very big role, we bake bread for the 3 soup kitchens. Producing between 60 and 90 baked loaves of bread per day. This equipment has assisted Kusile Women Empowerment to cook quicker and smarter.  Every day the stove is used to cook for the 3 soup kitchens. This has made a big difference to the staff and beneficiaries."

Nomfuneko and her group are finding it difficult to cook for the community and stay safe at the same time, because they feed such a large number of people. 

Nomfuneko and her community want to thank all the GlobalGiving donors for making a huge difference in their lives!

Nomfuneko cooking for her community
Nomfuneko cooking for her community
Feeding the vulnerable during the pandemic
Feeding the vulnerable during the pandemic
Dec 5, 2019

Update on Nomfuneko's Oven


Nomfuneko is patiently waiting for her oven to start her community bakery. We have still not raised enough funds to purchase her oven, but the plan is to get it to her by February 2020. 

We are truly grateful to stars like yourselves, who have given so generously, and some have even given again and again.

The Christmas season reminds us of the gift given to us, and what an opportune time to give to others. Please continue to share our project with your networks, as we try to make 2020 a better year for Nomfuneko, and many rural women like her!

With heartfelt gratitude....

Sep 9, 2019

Khanyisa Bakeries Project: Introducing Nomfuneko from Kusile Woman Empowerment

In this update we'd like to introduce you to another remarkable woman who is driving the fight against gender based violence in her community, and who will soon be baking bread to raise funds for her CBO and her community.

Nomfuneko is from Kusile Woman Empowerment (KWP), a non-profit organisation that was established in February 2012 and is located in rural town of Sutterheim in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She hails from Mlungisi township in Stutterheim and has managed the organsiation for 7 years. Stutterheim is in a deep rural area that is sparsely populated and under-resourced. KWP offers its services to the surrounding townships and villages as there are very few social support services available from the State.

KWP's mission is to address the extremely high rates of gender-based violence and violence against women and girls in the area through

  • community mobilisation and engagement about gender issues
  • support for victims of domestic abuse
  • providing safety and support for victims
  • empowering women
  • mentoring youth
  • and engaging men on the issues of gender based violence. 

Nomfuneka has attended a number of RDSP's capacity building workshops and mentoring sessions since 2013, including Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People leadership training, which has helped her to become a stronger leader and community activist. 

We are delighted to have Kusile Woman Empowerment as a beneficiary organisation of the Khanyisa Bakeries Project and look forward to procuring a mobile bakery for them in the next six months, thanks to your generous donations! 

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