PUBLIC BENEFIT ACTIVITIES
Feed a Child’s vision is to eradicate poverty in a sustainable manner and to take God’s hope to the nations.
As a National Body we assist other NGO’s to not only be as effective as possible, but also to become sustainable and economically active.
Feed a Child currently has an impact on the lives of approximately 10 000 people on a regular basis. Feed a Child has many projects and is currently delivering more than 2,000,000 meals per annum to children throughout South Africa. It is estimated that almost 10% of the South African population are children of no particular culture or ethical group, living below the poverty line and in circumstances beyond their control.
Feed a Child is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) under Section 18A (1)(a) and (1)(b) with the following Public Benefit Activities (PBA’s):
- Healthcare and medical services
The consequences of malnutrition are severe and include growth stunting, anaemia, decreased learning capacity and a weakened immune system.
In an attempt to address these adverse challenges, Feed a Child is providing Nutrimeal that contains all the vitamins and minerals to enhance and maintain an immune system. This is an instant porridge that is mixed with water and is available in 10 flavours at a cost R2.50 per meal.
To supplement the Nutrimeal it is Feed a Child’s goal to establish a process to dry vegetables and fruit. The dried products still contain all the vitamins and minerals found in the fresh produce, but with an added benefit of a twelve-month shelf life. No refrigeration is required. (See more under sustainability.)
Most people want to feel good by ‘paying it forward’. The Charity shops allow for this kind of goodwill. Anyone wanting to take leave of their unwanted, but still useful items, while simultaneously contributing positively to society, can make a huge difference without a hands-on involvement in projects.
Our charity shops will gladly accept any items still in a good condition such as clothing, books, toys, puzzles, electrical items, games, linen, ornaments, kitchenware, and all furniture. Basically anything and everything that can be used. These items are cleaned if necessary, sorted and then priced very reasonably. The profit generated from the sale of these items is used for the Feed a Child initiatives.
Jumble drives, markets and other events are often initiated to supplement our shops. We would like to invite schools and companies to participate in these drives.
Although our shops provide the opportunity for everyone to purchase quality goods at an affordable price, it definitely gives the less fortunate person more dignity to pay with the little money available to them rather than to beg or steal.
Shops are available in the following areas: Centurion, Klerksdorp and Middelburg.
Please phone us for arrangements to place a “drop off box” at your premises.
We acknowledge that feeding alone will not suffice, so we have also embarked on longer term solutions by training the communities to start their own vegetable gardens. If funding allows, shade net tunnels are provided. If not, we encourage them to start with open gardens.
All vegetable garden training is based on the Foundations for Farming principles:
- On time
- At a high standard
- Without waste
- With joy
Chaya Spinach trees
The latest addition to the Feed a Child range of vegetable species is the Chaya Spinach tree.
Chaya is a fast-growing perennial shrub that is widely cultivated in Mexico (and now in South Africa) for use as food and medicine. The nutritional levels of Chaya leaf nutrients are two to three times greater than most edible leafy green vegetables and provides appreciable amounts of several mineral macronutrients necessary for human health. As part of the sustainability program Chaya leaves are sold back to the suppliers.
In order to help Feed a Child with its own as well as the projects’ sustainability, we are planning to establish a drying process for vegetables and fruit. With dryers in place and with the specific objective to enhance community members’ financial position, Feed a Child will buy back all the surplus fresh produce. These members have been trained and are being monitored on a continuous basis by us. Micro farmers in the area will also benefit from this initiative.
The sale of the dried produce will in turn secure the cash flow into Feed a Child’s account. Sponsors are also invited to donate towards the supply of dried products to Early Childhood Development centres and schools.
The dried products have a shelf life of 12 months. It provides the nutritional value equivalent to that of fresh veggies, yet without the need for immediate preparation or refrigeration.
To start this process Feed a Child will require an amount of R500 000 for each of the three provinces. This process will enhance job creation and will further promote development and entrepreneurial skills. These driers are 100% solar operated thereby eliminating electricity costs and any pressure on the national electricity grid.
Experience has taught us that food provision is not only in the hands of the large commercial farmer, but also in the hands of the subsistence farmer.
We endeavour to empower every man, women and child, rich or poor alike, at school’s or in the community, to grow crops (even as small as an area of 1 square metre) and to provide a market for the sale of the excess produce. If the community is integrated into the sustainable programmes provided by the vegetable gardens, they will all benefit and malnutrition can be eradicated.
Poverty does not necessarily drive negative social behaviour e.g. theft, prostitution, drugs etc. Hunger does. Poverty can be the catalyst that causes malnutrition and hunger.
Our ultimate goal for the community is serving the community through the sustainable programmes whereby the scale of poverty and malnutrition will be diminished. The result being that the community is uplifted and the balance is restored.
No child should suffer from the ramifications of malnutrition/hunger. This can be altered by changing the ecosystem. Therefore, we encourage communities to participate in these life changing initiatives.
We are proud to introduce our bottled water initiative known as B-Still water. We encourage outlets to contact us should they wish to become distributors of the water. Prices per bottle is established on quantities required. The profit generated from the sales of water is utilized for the various projects. Currently the water is available in Mpumalanga, Gauteng and North-West.
In an attempt to generate funding, recyclable materials are collected from various companies and schools. Recycling containers (bins) are placed at various outlets and collection centres. Items recycled include plastic bottles, plastic bottle lids, cardboard, glass and tins. These items are sold to a buy-back centre. This project is part of the Middelburg, Mpumalanga initiative. Please feel free to contact us if you have recyclable material for this project.
Feed a Child also hosts various events throughout the year in order to raise funds for this worthy cause. Please keep an eye on our events page on our website. We invite you to participate and help make a difference. Feel free to contact us should you want to consider Feed a Child as a beneficiary of your events.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Education and training at all our projects form part of Feed a Childs’ daily activities. As an invention to help eradicate poverty and uplift the skills of community members, Feed a Child is currently embarking on implementing various programs.
HEALTH CARE & MEDICAL SERVICES
Funds raised from individuals/companies help to provide specialized healthcare services, e.g. a person with no or limited financial support/orphans with a critical medical condition can receive the services of general practitioners or specialists i.e orthopaedic services etc.
We further aim to promote wellness programmes amongst community members, i.e. HIV Aids services and support.
Our needs include but is not limited to:
- Vehicles and vehicle maintenance assistance;
- Insurance on vehicles and office content;
- Financial assistance towards our operational costs;
- Office consumables;
- Donations towards the purchase and distribution of our Nutrimeal;
- Non-perishable food;
- Financial assistance towards the purchase of vegetable driers and accessories;
- Vegetable tunnels;
- Water tanks;
- Recycling machines and equipment;
- Point of sale software and equipment for our charity shops;
- Security cameras and equipment for our charity shop.
Benefits will include, inter alia:
- All relevant documentation needed for B-BBEE verification available after project selection and sponsorship;
- Section 18A certificate (donor deductible tax certificate) issued;
- Minimal resource utilisation of business to implement successful CSI projects;
- Regular progress reports;
- Marketing / PR value
- Immediate and sustainable impact in the communities of your choice;
- Linking on Feed a Child website and social media;
- Personnel involvement at CSI projects are welcome;
- Additional branding options available at projects for donors own account.
OUR CHALLENGE TO YOU
Feed a Child challenges everyone to get involved and become part of this dignity-restoration network.
Corporates are challenged to adopt Feed a Child as their CSI partner of choice and to buy into our long-term vision.
Individuals are called to make a difference by donating regularly. As little as R75 per month can change the course of a child’s life forever.
If you have a particular skill, a willing pair of hands or want to make “long term change” a reality in any other way, you can definitely become part of the team that is currently shaping the next generation in the country, and the leaders of tomorrow.
Your positive response will be greatly appreciated.
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