Aktuelle Projekte und Neuigkeiten
News and project updates
Since the founding of Lucky Beans e.V. in 2015 in Germany, we have been supporting the Lidgetton Community Project in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
Our motivation is to provide a safe, nourishing place for the children of the Lidgetton community to go where they can receive a nourishing meal, play and learn from Nokuthula, our Soup Kitchen “Mother". Children cannot learn or feel optimistic when they are hungry - we start from this premise.
2018 started off with our new Recycled Container Soup Kitchen operating very well for Nokuthula, who has settled into her new home, as well as organising her new soup kitchen on her property.
Nokuthula's new house is in a very central location, where there are a lot of passers by - many folk pass up and down that road all day. They all seem to know her and greet her. Quite a few visit with babies and even other young teenagers come to read books in her lounge. Nok is like a counsellor for these folk and she is respected by the majority of the people who live there. She has bible study in the container in the evenings and also Sunday school for the small children and teenagers so she is kept quite busy. We are proud of her efforts and achievements in wanting to make her community a better place, especially for the children.
Juergen, Anton and I travelled to South Africa for new year, and were fortunate to be there on the soup/food delivery day, which is the first Wednesday of every month. We collected the soup from Amber Valley, which is a large retirement-type community in a town called Howick. A large group of Amber Valley members have generously been supporting LCP for some years now.
We are very grateful to the generous donators from Amber Valley for their continuous support in providing food, and often many other things that are needed, for the children.
Inside our container
The children seem to be very pleased with the new space, and what is on offer for them.
Nokuthula now has proper shelving inside the container for toys, games, drawing materials and books - the children have access to these each time they come for a meal. They eat and then they play.
A kitchen was installed inside the container with a gas stove where Nokuthula can prepare the meals, as well as wash up afterwards, at an open air sink just outside the kitchen door.
At the back door we also had 2x 1000L water tanks installed, which catch rain water. These tanks serve as the main water providers for the Soup kitchen, and are already fill!
Next to the container we had a dry sanitation repit Sanitech toilet installed, which requires no water. This, we hope, will serve as a very efficient long-term toilet solution, which is serviced by the company Sanitech twice a year, who come and pump out the waste from the expandable bladder.
If you are curious how this toilet works:
Nokuthula has had some assistance from Sandra and Pat Merrick to set-up her vegetable garden. Sandra and Pat arranged a grader to come in and level the ground, to prepare for planting. She has started growing her own vegetables now.
Nokuthula has, for some years now, been selling second-hand clothes to locals from the local trading store, to supplement the small income she receives from us. The store room, which was being rented by LCP, will now become Nokuthula’s shop base. Catherine helped her to sort out and arrange her products on shelves, which were kindly donated by Cynthia from the Funtasy Toy Store in Nottingham Road - thank you Cyn!
Nok is happy to now have a real “shop” from where she can sell her products, and maybe over time expand on her range.
Easter visit from the Teddy Bear Club
A few ladies from the Teddy bear club came to Lidgetton and gave the children a lovely easter egg party with cake and pudding and sweets, plus the teddy bears and jerseys. They played games with the children, which they enjoyed a lot. Thank you to the ladies of the Teddy Bear Club who so generously sew and donate lovely things for the children.
Music Voyage Project
Lucky Beans is also assisting a wonderful Music Project, called Music Voyage.
At the end of 2017 we sponsored the purchase of a trailor, which they desperately needed for transporting their musical instruments. Katherine McClelland is very pleased with the addition to their already sponsored mini bus.
We hope that we can integrate the two projects in the near future, by bringing music education to the children at Angel Ruth’s Soup Kitchen. When it is financially possible, we would like to educate a music teacher from Lidgetton to teach the children once or twice a week after they have had their meal.
Action in Autism - Our new support project
I was recently in touch with an acquaintance, Kirsten Miller, who is doing inspiring and transforming work with Autistic children in Durban - Lucky Beans has decided to support this unique project. They take in autistic children who need the most help and some of these parents are not always able to fund this special education. Our Lucky Beans members have all agreed that we will, for 2018, support a few children through their schooling.
It is my vision to find more sponsors to support these children, who, through this specific system, are often able to reintegrate back into a regular schooling system after the primary level. If you are interested to support this project, please be in touch with me.
Sponsorship and membership
We are a small charity who are always happy to welcome new input and new members to our team. If you are interested to join us or have friends who might be interested in sponsoring our work in South Africa, please contact us. It is a low key involvement charity, where you can offer your experience, financial support on any level, and enthusiasm for bringing change at "grass roots". We are supporting children for a brighter more positive future for South Africa, which has always been a pivotal racial hot spot. Imagine a new generation who grow up with tolerance, acceptance and a striving for a united future.
Thank you to Nokuthula for her continued dedication to the children, without her there would be no project!
Also a big thank you to all our supporters from Germany.
Our contribution to this community is a small drop in a large ocean, but that is where the effect lies.
Today was the opening of our Soup Kitchen in Lidgetton.
My sister, Catherine, made the opening speech.
Nokuthula and Sandra opened the new Soup Kitchen. All the best to them for a new and exciting future in the container!
A BIG thank you to the Bergmix team for donating the cement - David was the representative from Bergmix.
Another BIG thank you to Dave and his amazing team who have helped us in more than one area....
The roof is nearly on...
The children always find one another...
Many wonderful supporters of our small project.
Here's to a new year ahead filled with happy, healthy children in Lidgetton who can benefit from our container.
Soup Kitchen progress: After starting the year with not much progress regarding our Soup Kitchen development, we have now had an intense and inspiring few months. I would like to update you all on our developments in Lidgetton, South Africa.
Three months ago, my sister, Catherine, who is presently living in South Africa, kindly offered to help co-ordinate the project locally. She has been our local project manager since September.
We are very grateful for her amazing support, focus and enthusiasm for bringing this project so far in such a short time. Without a local co-ordinator, it would have been nearly impossible to have achieved what we have done in the past three months.
We would also like to say a big thank you to Sandra Merrick, the local co-ordinator of the Lidgetton Community Project, and has been a key figure in melting together the Container project with the present Lidgetton Community Project. Without Sandy's openness and clarity, this would not have been as easy to realise.
Nokuthula’s house is now complete and she has moved in. Thank you Nokuthula for being open for this huge change and willing to have the Soup Kitchen in your garden!
As for the Soup Kitchen, Catherine has done a remarkable job in sourcing suppliers, supplies, a reliable builder, redoing the entire container plan from the external colour to the internal fittings, and co-ordinating all the people involved to be on time for their part of the job.
She managed to get us some very kind donations, for example, all the cement surrounding the container was donated, plus the laying of it. Our thanks go to BergMix for this very generous donation.
The container plan has been changed from two 6m containers to one 12m container.
Images of the Soup Kitchen development:
The road leading to Nokuthula’s house and her house on the corner.
Planting hedges with Thlandla and Cornelius, my parents wonderful gardeners - thank you so much for your help . The cement and building team arrived at 7:00am on Tuesday 21st November, poured and prepared the cement block. This block runs the entire length of the 12m container, plus around the two edges - on one side will come two water tanks (4500L each), where we will catch rain water off the roof. Thanks to Andrew from Build-It, Hilton and Dave Sinclair for their help.
Now that the container is in place, a fence and gate will be put up, the water tank will be brought in, plus a special portable toilet system that is a relatively new innovation in South Africa to manage the extreme water shortage South Africa faces right now. Thank you to Jon and his Sanitech team for your support in implementing the new toilet system for us. Thanks to Cath for finding this solution for us. A clean, hygienic and well managed system.
Arrival of our container: On the 29th November the finished colourful container arrived in Lidgetton, and was placed on its cement slabs, with the help of our wonderful builder, Dave Taylor. Thank you, Dave! We are very grateful for his contributions to this project so far.
Opening Ceremony: On Tuesday 12th December will be the Opening Ceremony for the Soup Kitchen, which we have decided to name: Angel Ruth’s Soup Kitchen, in honour of Ruth Schmitz, a very dear friend of our friends the Domscheits, who made a generous financial contribution which enabled this new soup kitchen project to come alive. We are very grateful for this, and are happy to have Ruth’s warm, friendly, enthusiastic presence in the kitchen - we will take a photo of her with us in December.
Music Voyage, “sowing seeds of music” is next on the list - I have made contact with Katherine McClelland from Music Voyage, and they need a trailer to transport their instruments, so we will purchase this soon for them.
To find out more about this local impressive initiative: https://musicvoyagesa.wordpress.com
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors, students, clients, friends and family who have been so supportive of our project, recently and over the past years. A special thank you to my family in South Africa, as well as the local suppliers in South Africa, who have been very generous on different levels in their support.
We wish you all a warm wonderful Christmas time, and an inspiring new year ahead, filled with joy and lightness.
Fiona, Jürgen and the Lucky Beans team….
Over the Easter period, I travelled to my homeland South Africa, where I could combine teaching yoga, being at “home”, and meeting with the children and the LCP team.
Just after Easter, accompanied by my sister and father, we made a small Easter party for the children - naturally with yummy sweets and chocolates! They were very happy. Small gifts go a long way there.
As for the Soup Kitchen project, as always, small steps in Africa…we came up with a plan for the Soup Kitchen, which will be constructed out of 2 recycled shipping containers. These will be prepared by a company who specialise in refurbishing recycled containers. So, the plans are set to go.
The piece of land needs to be levelled, wire fence put up around the property, and an entrance constructed.
Now we are waiting for Nokthula, who will hopefully be able to start building her house soon. This will be on the same piece of land.
Once their construction is underway, we will be able to bring in the containers.
More updates to follow….as and when there is progress.
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