Sharing is Caring!
In 2009, Le Quartier Français developed, with the help of a dietician, a highly nutritious muffin recipe. These muffins are crammed full of all the daily nutritional requirements that growing children need. We then started baking and delivering these muffins to a small local crèche every Friday.
Over the years that followed, the concept proved so popular that owing to the generous donations of guests and friends of Le Quartier Français, we were able to increase the supply of our healthy meals to over 50 children in two different pre-schools, five days a week.
In 2011, with the help of Dutch Isabelo supporters, a fundraising dinner was held in Holland. The money raised from this enabled us to then feed 100 pre-school children, five days a week.
Today we are serving nutritious lunch containing all food groups to 162 children across 3 schools. These 162 children’s meals are all prepared by the Le Quartier Francais team, who selflessly donate their time and expertise so that every cent donated is spent on the children.
Additionally, the fundraiser held in Holland was so successful, that we were able to diversify our efforts. Isabelo now funds the Kusasa Breakfast Club – which cooks meals for and feeds over 1100 children in two primary schools in Franschhoek. This started with porridge every weekday morning, and we were able to increase the nutritional value by adding an egg to their porridge 3 days of the week.
In 2013, Margot Janse, Executive Chef at Le Quartier, wanted to do more… She and a friend ran the Cape Town Marathon to raise additional funds. This money, along with contributions from our suppliers, went towards the upgrading of the kitchens at Dalubuhle Primary School in which the Kusasa Breakfast Club meals are cooked.
The Isabelo: Sharing is Caring project has proven to be awe-inspiring, and has surpassed our expectations. We strive to continue and grow this initiative and, with continued support, have no doubt that it will change the lives of more children than we ever imagined possible.
Guests can get involved by accompanying us to deliver the food to the children during the week, or by bringing donations to them that will help them through their school day.
Another great way in which guests can help is by spending a minimum of 5 nights with us and assisting to teach and care for the preschool children in the morning (a minimum of five nights is preferable so that it is not too disruptive to the children) or stay with us in Delicious for a month and either assist at these crèches or let us put you in contact with volunteer programs in the area.
Support for our children in anyway is appreciated, therefore if you do have any ideas on how people can contribute or wish to assist in anyway please contact us.
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