The Jabulani Feeding Scheme in Parkwood Estate Cape Town sits in an official zone of poverty, which has been declared by the department of social development. The centre is built on reclaimed land that used to be a dumpsite and so any structure erected must be removable.
Yasmine Abrahams, the founder of the feeding scheme, says that she has made it her life's mission to feed, protect and be a mother to the children of this community. Her centre provides for over 500 impoverished children every day.
Abrahams adds that containers are essential to her aim and much thought was put into the materials used and layout of the centre. Set in a fort-like fashion and stacked two-levels high, the containers form an enclosed courtyard haven within their boundaries with one easy to monitor small gate for entry and exit.
Abrahams says that the children need to be able to come into the Jabulani centre and eat for many reasons. Unfortunately, they have found that if the food gets taken home to eat, parents or adult siblings often take the food for themselves.
Being able to supervise the children as they eat at the large table allows the caretakers at Jabulani to ensure the food is going to the child, as well as provide them with the sense of dignity that comes from eating together at a table, says the centre.
Over and above their security role, the containers serve as storage for perishable food and equipment, kitchen facilities and as space for children to do their homework after school, according to the centre.
The centre has indicated that over the last few years, CIT has donated 40' high cube containers and have played a role in enabling Jabulani to set up a sustainable and secure environment. Kashief Schroeder, the owner and co-founder of CIT, also offers Jabulani cost price rates and gives his advice on purchasing containers on a pro bona basis.
Kashief says that he collaborates with the Jabulani Feeding Scheme because of the example his late father set through his longstanding friendship with the scheme's founder Yasmine Abrahams. He says that by donating his time and containers, he continues this tradition of friendship and honours the memory of his late father.
"I know my late father is smiling down and is pleased and proud of how we continue to show that when organisations and communities stand together, life-changing things happen," concludes Kashief.
Jabulani says that it is also planning on starting a home-schooling program for the children who don't have birth certificates and cannot enrol in formal government schooling.
This will aim to allow the children the opportunity to catch up on schooling or to learn the basics of grade R, while Jabulani goes through the process of getting them birth certificates.
The centre says that, due to social distancing laws, they were no longer able to have all 500+ children in the same facility at the same time, which exacerbated the need for more space. With the additional containers from CIT, they were able to schedule all children for their meals in groups.
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