a feeding scheme run by volunteers, funded by south africans

Lula Isandla has been going for nearly 5 years, and everyday we are grateful for everybody who has contributed to this sustainability. Claire has written a brief update on what is happening in Mpophomeni.

We feed about 210 children every week day, during term time and over the holidays. They get a balanced cooked meal; stews with either beans,  beef, pork or free range chicken pieces – how lucky! – and veggies, plus a vegetarian meal, and a piece of fruit as they leave to go home.

We are presently updating the data base, so far 182 are registered using their ID books or date of birth and adding what school, what grade, where they live etc. The remaining few may have some facts missing – some live with their Grandmother, no ID book as the Mother has absconded with it to draw the grant for herself!

Lubunjwa Luseva is the after school initiative that is run at the Community Center. This is what it entails at the moment:

  1. Loom Knitting = currently 15 children, boys and girls are learning this type of knitting with the view to making school scarves and beanies. This they do in the short time available after  lunch and before going home to do their homework. Once school holidays start next month more will taught the craft.
  2. Young teenage girls group = chat about the facts of life, speak in English where possible to improve their language skills, and will take home English books in the holiday for the same reason and be required to give a brief summary of the book, also in English – at their request.
  3. We are buying new school uniforms where we see fit. Next week I will supply a young teenage girl and also a boy, with a complete outfit each. She should be part of the Young teenage group by may feel incorrectly dressed to keep coming………… 
  4. Owing to my huge work load in other matters I have not succeeded in setting up the Computer Club, yet. As soon as I have cleared my desk I will concentrate on this again as I feel very strongly about the children having this skill. To do so I need to re-connect with Future4Kids and get 8 new laptops. What we have are old and awful and drive me crazy as they breakdown too often.

Lula Isandla

ToMphophomeniLula Isandla provides nourishing weekday lunches for vulnerable children in the small township of Mpophomeni in Kwazulu Natal.

These children, all of school going age, head up their own households because their parents are absent - absent because they have died of an HIV related illness; absent because they have turned to substance abuse; absent because they have moved elsewhere to look for work.

Lubunjwa Luseve

oct2009pics341How can we inspire an abandoned child, whose life is lonely, empty, to dream of a better future?

We have all done a great thing by providing the vulnerable children with lunches. And as we achieve greater stability with this, we feel we need to do more, provide more.

The Team

Fakazile Mchunu
Bonginkosi Ndlovu
Claire Johnston

The Vukuza Mamas

The Vukuza Mama's are a group of volunteer women from within the community who give of their time to support the children.

Not only do they help out at the community center with preparing meals and mentoring the children, but they are the eyes and ears in the community. They provide feedback on the children so that those who are too shy to ask for help are nonetheless provided with the appropriate support.

The Trust

The charitable vehicle responsible for initiating, administering and implementing the visions and goals of Lula Isandla is the Lula Isandla Trust (“the Trust”).

The Trust was established in 2010 as a result of the continued success and growth of Lula Isandla and the resultant need to establish a formal charitable vehicle.