41, 282 meals and counting

We are continuing to provide weekly food parcels as the economic crisis continues in the face of Coronavirus National Lockdown.

We are so grateful to our supporters who have made numerous donations to our food security program. Our reach and our impact would be MUCH smaller if we were doing this on our own.  We are able to feed many more people because of our beautiful partnership with Seeds of Light and Ekurhuleni Centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and the Tom Monte Foundation.  We appreciate all of you SO MUCH!

The photos in this post all come with permission of those featured – everyone is so grateful for the help, and wants to be part of the gratitude message.

We added another 23 parcels this week to feed orphans at a small, deep rural drop-in centre run by our long-time friend Ivy Mashile.  She had nothing to feed her children.

What we are doing is about much more than providing food.  It is about putting food on the table for people who would otherwise go hungry.  But it’s also about showing up from a place of caring and love for our fellow human beings.  About letting them know they matter as we are extend our kindness to them.

Marry-Ann is one of the women in our new Permaculture Explorers class who has been receiving weekly food parcels. She lives with her daughter on $25 per month. When we started delivering food to her she said, “I feel like I belong to someone–like I have a family”.

AND…we are about much more than providing food.  We are about teaching women to grow their own food.  Last week we welcomed 22 new Permaculture Explorers to our class!  We are using a modified format because of the Covid19 restrictions. We are working with small groups, having classes outdoors, using all recommended precautions, and doing video lessons via What’s App.

Last year we waited nearly 6 months into the class to install fences and shade netting. Given the critical need for the women to start growing as quickly as possible, we will start installing fences and shade netting this week.  While the installations are in process, the group is learning permaculture methods and small enterprise development.  They are all very excited and so are we!  Here are a few of their gorgeous faces.

As there is no end to the lockdown in the foreseeable future, we still need funds to continue to provide food for the most vulnerable. If you want to get involved please go to our website https://zingelaulwazi.org.za/g…  to donate.  No donation is too small, or too large.

Thank you – wen send you and yours our warmest wishes. Stay home, stay safe, stay blessed.

 

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