AIDS is still killing daily in South Africa, leaving many orphans.Siyaphambili, in Langa township, Cape Town, cares for 35 orphans. Thanks to a first project, a new kitchen has been built! Just outside Port Elizabeth a second kitchen is working, staffed by volunteers to provide food for 100 very poor township orphans and their caretakers, but needs a fence and better equipment. Your donation will solve an urgent need.
Port Elizabeth is a poor township with many shanties where AIDS runs rampant as in all the Eastern Cape. Food insecurity and hunger are found among AIDS orphans, Child-headed households, Teen mothers, and Grannies raising their own grandchildren. Up to 100 a day desperately need food and have no place to go. The need to feed grows and no other facility exists to help. Few shanties have kitchens. Siyaphambili's founder has secured a site in which a soup kitchen, like that in Langa, can be built.
With a newly built soup kitchen, Siyaphambili, can better feed not only the ever growing number of AIDS orphans of Port Elizabeth, but also many other vulnerable neighbors, like teen mothers and child headed households with no kitchens. The finished construction, with new fence for security, will allow staff to safely and easily store food and fix healthy meals. Reusable cutlery and plates will be healthier and better for the environment.
With the new kitchen, Ms. Xameni's volunteer staff will be able to produce hot meals and feed more than 100 terribly hungry community residents daily. The soup kitchen will go a long way to solving the food insecurity currently affecting over 50% of Port Elizabeth's township residents. the level of poverty will drop as food needs are met, and residents will be able to focus on outreach programs to come - education, teen-mother programs, after-school and creche. No-one can focus who is hungry.