Making An Impact At The Chintsa East Soup Kitchen in South Africa

by isvolunteers on Monday, 11 April 2016

Last year, ISV volunteers in South Africa had the opportunity to help the Chintsa East Soup Kitchen provide food to local children. After receiving a touching letter from their Secretary, we wanted to share the inspiring history of this initiative and the valuable contribution our volunteers made in 2015. 

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“The impact ISV have made will be felt in the community for years to come.” – Rose Clark, Secretary of the Chintsa East Soup Kitchen. (c) ISV

“Thank you for choosing our little piece of paradise to make a difference. Thank you not only for your physical contribution, but more importantly, for the tangible life-changing contribution to the children of Chintsa East. The impact ISV have made will be felt in the community for years to come.” – Rose Clark, Secretary of the Chintsa East Soup Kitchen. 

ISV has supported the development efforts of Volunteer Africa 32 Degrees South (VA32) since 2009, helping to make a meaningful difference to residents of the Chintsa East Township. Though Apartheid was abolished in the 1990s, there are still some lasting social and economic issues that continue to affect the standard of living in the area – and ISV have been committed to working with VA32 to help improve infrastructure, sanitation and education opportunities.

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Volunteers have helped to provide a fun and safe space for children to sit and have their meals during the day. (c) ISV

One inspiring local named Themi Makefungana noticed that many vulnerable children in Chintsa East were going without food outside of normal school hours due to absent parents and limited resources. She decided to open a Soup Kitchen with the goal of providing at least one hot meal per day for children for the hours they weren’t at school.

Themi and a few helpers started out by cooking on an open fire, with whatever utensils they could find. Locals and organisations began donating equipment, and now the kitchen feeds up to 100 children per day!

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Themi decided to open the Chintsa East Soup Kitchen with the goal of providing at least one hot meal per day for children for the hours they weren’t at school. (c) ISV

ISV teams in Chintsa East have frequently dropped in to the kitchen to help prepare meals while learning about South African culture with the inspiring local children and staff, taking part in activities such as face painting and traditional dance classes.

But in mid-August last year, ISV volunteers went a step further, helping to build a roof and trusses. They also helped paint some colorful murals, providing a fun and safe space for children to sit and have their meals during the day.

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Volunteers taking part in a  traditional dance class with local children. (c) ISV

The Soup Kitchen is still developing, and will continue to grow due to the increasing number of children they’re providing for. It’s been wonderful to be a part of its growth and we’d like to thank all of volunteers for the contribution they’ve made to the children of Chintsa East.

Click here to read the full letter from Rose Clark, the Secretary of the Soup Kitchen.

Click here to find out more about the history of the Soup Kitchen.

To find out more about volunteering with ISV, visit our website today at www.isvolunteers.org. 

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