South Africa Soup Kitchen Really Needs Your Help | Craig Travel

South Africa Soup Kitchen Really Needs Your Help

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During this time of uncertainty, the South Africa Soup Kitchen that Craig Travel and our travellers support is struggling. Many of our Craig Travellers make monetary donations when visiting during our tours of South Africa, but with the current travel restrictions, tourists are no longer visiting and helping this important cause. The worst is feared for the future of the community if immediate financial support is not forthcoming. 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. We need your continued support! Please help contribute to the basic necessities of a healthy community, in a time when they need it the most.  

Craig Travel Sends Out a Huge Thank You to All of Those Who Participated in our April and May Donations Matching Program

We would like to thank all of the participants in our donation matching initiative to raise funds for the Soup Kitchen in South Africa. We are happy to report that our combined efforts have raised over $8,500 in additional funding to help feed those in need during this pandemic, when an increasing number of people have lost  their livelihoods and the ability to feed their families. Please know that you are making a difference. We would like to thank our annual donors and encourage new contributors to continue giving when possible to this important cause. Thank you from all of us at Craig Travel!

Want to get Involved and Help by Donating?

To ensure that the hungry in the community we regularely help support are fed, Craig Travel is happy to continue our donatation matching program for travellers that have visited the Soup Kitchen with us in South Africa up to $100pp. 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 if you have visited South Africa with Craig Travel.

All donations are welcome and tax deductable. even if you haven't visited South Africa with Craig Travel yet. Please consider making a donation today.

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 endeavor, 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!