On 16 December we celebrated Reconciliation Day with a fun, and delicious, fundraiser at Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen in Khayelitsha. Mickey, who founded and runs the soup kitchen, was our host for the day. On arrival, she gave us a warm welcome and took us on a tour of the new hemp building and veggie patch.
Then together with the children of Kuyasa we watched some fantastic performances and shared lots of yummy African food. Hero Ndlovu had us singing along to his guitar, the Yiza dancing girls put on a great show and Jungle Theatre performed a very funny story in both English and Xhosa.
It was a baking hot summers day. Thankfully the Ice Cream Ninjas came out to cool everyone down. They have some serious skills and really delicious ice cream! The crowd of excited children kept the ninjas super busy.
In addition to providing essential nourishment, care, safety and shelter for hundreds of children, Yiza Ekhaya is also about growing hope – both for the children and the community as a whole. It’s a great example of what happens when people come together and collaborate to create positive change. These positive effects are clearly visible in the community of Kuyasa, in particular on the smiling faces of Mickey and the children.
We couldn’t have thought of a better way celebrate Reconciliation Day.
A great turnout ensured that many people enjoyed the day. Close to R8 000 was raised towards the running costs of the kitchen in addition to food donations. A special thank you the fantastic sponsors and everyone who made it such a fun and successful day:
We couldn’t have done it without you.
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