FoodForward SA works to address the problem of hunger by partnering with organisations such as the Sekusile Ekhaya Labantwana, which cares for orphans, vulnerable children and their families as well as volunteers.
Sekusile Ekhaya Labantwana was started in August 2009 by Busisiwe Sibeko who while working for an NGO in her community, realised that the number of children being orphaned by HIV/AIDS was growing. The services available to these children were inadequate and many of them were left without proper care. In order to bridge this gap Busisiwe opened up a soup kitchen to provide regular meals to vulnerable children.
Operating from Katlego Intermediate School’s premises in Daveyton servicing areas such as Chris Hani, Gabon, Mkhalazenke and Mayfield, Sekusile provides over 170 individuals with a cooked meal every day and distributes vegetable hampers to families in need every Friday. The regular food donations made possible by FoodForward SA have made a great impact to those supported by Sekusile, as children taking chronic medication can now do so with a meal.
In order to make ends meet and to supplement the food hampers, Sekusile has established an organic food garden and is planning on starting a charity shop to raise funds to cover their other expenses.
Sekusile Ekhaya Labantwana is grateful for the donations received from FoodForward SA, which help provide meals to those in need.