In 2010 a group of friends in Surrey got together to fundraise after hearing about a lady called Elizabeth feeding hungry children in a South African township called Zwelethemba. We were so touched by her courage and empathy and felt that we could help feed, clothe and educate the children by raising funds in the UK.
In July 2013 we were granted UK charity status as Elizabeth’s Children Charitable Trust and can now claim Gift Aid as well.
What started out as a small project based in a one bedroomed house in Zwelethemaba has grown to such an extent that it is now a separate and established South African charity called Sinetemba.
Sinetemba now feeds around 200 children 5 days a week. They also employ 2 teachers, 2 assistant teachers, 4 cooks and a handyman – these 9 employees were previously unemployed.
The children are fed from kitchens based in two containers and are being taught in 4 other containers. The containers were donated and are situated in the grounds of a local school in Zweletemba.
We are very proud to be associated with Sinetemba and of what we have helped the charity achieve in the past few years by the fundraising we do in the UK. Children who were starving and who had no hope, now have somewhere where they are fed, educated and most importantly cared for as part of a community which is Sinetemba.
Our fundraising efforts for the moment are aimed at supporting Sinetemba but our overall mission is for the benefit of children, families and carers with a charitable need in South Africa and such other parts of the world as the trustees see fit, for the following charitable purposes:
- The prevention or relief of poverty
- The advancement of education
- The advancement of health and saving of lives
- The relief of those in need