THEMBEKILE’S SOUP KITCHEN IN LANGA
Thembekile’s Soup Kitchen runs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Langa, serving 60 children with freshly cooked food. Thembekile is a FAMSA HIV/Aids counsellor living in the Langa Flats, and in March last year, children came to her saying they were hungry, as the Covid lockdown began.
She appealed to us for help, and her kitchen started in May 2020, in a small covered corner of the flats, with financial support through SPT, of Rand 5000 per month. This covered the cost of the food, cooking equipment, gas, sanitizer and airtime and a small stipend paid to two unemployed mothers neighbours in the flats nearby who assist her in preparing and cooking the food. Thembekile manages the provision of food and equipment, and supervises the Covid safety protocol of themselves and the children as they queue up with their little bakkies, ensuring they are wearing masks, sanitizing hands and keeping a safe social distance. The soup kitchen has made a real difference in the community over the past 15 months according to Thembekile, and she reports that the children often do a dance of delight after eating, - “Jerusalema” being one of their favourites.
Now the soup kitchen is needing help with funding, our generous supporters having carried the project up until the end of October this year. We are asking for any amount, but our aim is to try and bring in R5000 per month for the months of November, January and February. ( During the December school holidays, the kitchen does not operate.)
Heartfelt thanks for all who have contributed already to building up this little oasis of hope in Langa, and an appeal to all to further consider supporting Thembekile’s Soup Kitchen.
Donations can be made to our SPT account, reference “Langa Soup Kitchen”:
Samaritan Partners Trust
Rondebosch United Church, Belmont Road, Rondebosch 7700
First National Bank
Main Road, Rondebosch 7700, Cape Town
Account Number: 62065022669
Branch Code: 201 509
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ (routing number)
For more information please contact Judy Cooke (firstname.lastname@example.org).