In 2008 the Inchanga Primary School discovered that they had at least 300 children from child led families or families with no means of providing food. The only food that they were receiving was the government funded lunch provided Monday to Friday. The School sought help and was able to provide a mealie (maze) porridge for breakfast but this still meant that the children had no food at the weekends or during school holidays.
The Charity began raising money to provide one meal on Saturday and Sunday, and gained help from the Catholic Church in South Africa to provide one meal per day during School Holidays – until the end of 2013. The food was provided in the form of a fully nutritious porridge, which only requires water to be added and is therefore easy for the children to use.
In preparation for the end of 2013, a horticultural project was established on land adjacent to the school to enable the school to grow vegetables for the children and for sale. This now provides the food and money needed to provide weekend and school holiday meals.
In 2014, the charity began working with Cedra College to grow oyster mushrooms to help with the feeding of the children. The mushrooms may be sent home for use at weekends or during school holidays as they are a rich source of protein. In addition, the mushrooms are also sold and provide revenue should there be a need to purchase food. The intention was and is to make the project self-sufficient and provide a replicable model that other schools could follow in South Africa. In 2016 we began working with an independent supplier of the mushroom logs.
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