South Africa Soup Kitchen Really Needs Your Help | Craig Travel

South Africa Soup Kitchen Really Needs Your Help

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The South Africa Soup Kitchen that Craig Travel and Craig Travellers support with visits on our South Africa journeys and monetary donations is struggling in these times of uncertainty, while tourists are no longer visiting and helping. The worst is feared for the future of the community if immediate financial support is not forthcoming. We need your continued support! Many families and children rely on the kitchen for nourishing meals and Edna Light, who operated the kitchen, has reached out to us to express they are under considerable pressure. Please help contribute to the basic necessities of a healthy community, in a time when they need it the most.  

Craig Travel Will Match Donations to Ensure all are Fed

To ensure that the hungry in the community we regularely help support are fed, Craig Travel will be matching donations made by May 31, 2020 up to $100 per donation. Be sure to send your donations to Mary (who administers donations from Canada) at the below address, and mention Craig Travel in your cheque memo so that Mary can provide us with the information for donation matching.  

Cheques should be made payable to - Wesley United Church AfriCan Link Fund and sent c/o Mrs. Mary Weismiller, 6 Burnside Drive, RR#1, Glen Morris, ON  N0B 1W0. Please include your name, address, city, province, postal code and country and the date you visited South Africa with Craig Travel, if applicable.   

Project Description

Craig Travel clients have continued to be supportive with their generous contributions to Wesley United Church’s AfriCAN Link Fund which raises money to provide a daily bowl of soup and a slice of bread to the many needy adults and children in dire need in the Plettenberg Bay area of South Africa. 

For those unfamiliar with our donations to this endeavour….by teaming up with Wesley United Church, we have arranged a system by which you can donate to their work and receive a receipt for Income Tax purposes. Donations are sent twice each year (May and November) and a tax receipt is issued the following January. It is important to note that every cent donated goes for its intended purpose, with no administrative deductions except for bank charges.

The AfriCan Link Fund was established at Wesley United Church in Cambridge, Ontario following the attendance of Mary Weismiller at the Ecumenical Decade for Women Conference in Durban South Africa in 1992. It was there that she met Edna and the late Rev. Ray Light, who in 1998 began a project to feed, teach and help the area's disadvantaged. Edna’s tireless efforts sparked the start of Wesley’s AfriCan Link Fund to assist in providing necessary financial support. Over the years Edna has faithfully shared her gifts, talents and resources with many positive results, not the least of which is the creation of the Qol Weni soup kitchen which serves over 300 meals of soup and bread daily and more recently the Eyethu Educare Centre for pre-schoolers ages 3 to 6. Money received also goes to help provide school uniforms and shoes for the children as they are not allowed to attend school without them.

“Wesley United Church has been a supporter since the beginning, and in 2008 welcomed Craig Travel and its clients to share in this opportunity “to give”. The experience of seeing both the "trouble and the beauty" of South Africa is one that won't easily be forgotten. The sharing of a meal in a South African home and the firsthand opportunity to learn more about the culture from those who live it, is a life changing experience…one offered uniquely by Craig Group Travel. The generosity of Craig Travel and its clients has meant thousands of dollars to buy nutritious soup powder and bread for this squatter community and keep its most vulnerable children out of harm’s way.” says Mary Weismiller.

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all those who send support!