Food Relief Alliance of South Africa
April 2022
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Message from the Executive Chairperson:

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Welcome to our April 2022 edition, Issue no. 2
In this edition we focus on:
  • Communities that are benefiting from our Food Fund
  • Food Fund beneficiaries
  • Fundraising strategy workshop for FRASA leaders
  • FRASA food gardening update
  • Site visit to Abalimi Bezekhaya
  • FRASA partners keep on supporting our members
  • What FRASA leaders have to say
  • Hungry Lion feeds more empty tummies
  • Department of Agriculture support FRASA members
  • FRASA leaders mobilise unemployed youth
Enjoy the reading and please send us your feedback!
This is the second independent FRASA newsletter. It is dedicated to the memory of Ma Noxolo Mafilika, a FRASA leader who passed on in December 2021
Communities benefiting from our Food Fund

Our Food Fund launched in July 2020 is still going strong! Last year we shared more than 600 000 meals and food parcels. With a generous donation from King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium we will be able to continue with the Food Fund until August 2022. Currently 30 FRASA members are benefiting, some of them new. Other previous members have developed partnerships to secure a regular food supply. During this period our members were able to feed in various communities such as Bishop Lavis, Elsies River, Uitsig, Eureka Estate, Belhar, Delft, Khayelitsha, Ottery, Hout Bay, Valhalla Park, Scottsdene, Scottsville, Bellville South, Kuilsriver, Delft South, Maitland, Keimoes, Grabouw, Touwsriver, Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu, Manenberg, Surrey Estate, Hanover Park and Kalksteenfontein. FRASA members distribute meals at least twice per week. Food parcels are also distributed at least twice per month.

Johanna Pypers from Higher Faith wrote:
“I want to make use of this opportunity to thank the Lord for all the years we struggle as an organization to give our best to the community. There was a time we decided to close down. I spoke to the Lord and asked for help. Immediately I met Frank Julie of FRASA. Today I am a proud FRASA member.  The way FRASA empowers us with all the skills training like how to run your organization. Every second week we receive our food hampers to cook for our community. He takes us to see how other organizations run their projects. We receive office equipment (printers from ITEC). Frank you are an angel from the Lord to help stop hunger in our communities.  We appreciate you!  Go From Strength to Strength! FRASA, we salute you!!”
Above: FRASA member, Compassionate Hearts in Touwsriver and Community and Nutritional Development Centre in Belhar, busy with food distribution.
Above: FRASA leaders from Brown Girl Kreations – Youth Development in Manenberg/Surrey Estate and Edyardini Community Development in Khayelitsha busy with food distribution.
Food fund beneficiaries
FRASA delivers food hampers to its members active on the Food Fund every alternate week. Above is FRASA members Ingrid Davids from Eureka Estate and Tyrone Van Willigh who assisted with transport and Johanna Pypers from Belhar who received bi-weekly food hampers.
Fundraising strategy and financial management workshop for FRASA leaders

FRASA recently hosted two workshops focusing on fundraising strategies and alternative income streams (26 January 2022) and financial management (28 March 2022) workshop covering financial planning, costing, effective budgeting, and financial policies. This is part of our focus just not to feed the body but also the mind to strengthen the leadership capacity of FRASA members to operate sustainable food relief projects. The benefits of this capacity building programme have already born fruits with the increased levels of compliance, building of partnerships and increased internal organisational stability at a governance level of many members. We previously reported how many FRASA leaders won Mayoral Awards last year.
Above: FRASA leaders attending the capacity building workshops hosted at the Centre of Excellence in Bishop Lavis, also a FRASA member.
Site visit to Abalimi Bezekhaya on 22 March 2022:

As part of our capacity building programme, FRASA leaders went on a site visit to Abalimi Bezekhaya and visited two of their food gardening sites. The site visit was led by Rob Small the founder of Abalimi Bezekhaya which was established 38 years ago in Khayelitsha. FRASA members were exposed to many ideas around food gardening and maintenance. They were also invited to the Food Festival on 16 April 2022.
Above: FRASA leaders with Rob Small during the site visit.
Hungry Lion feeds more empty tummies!

More FRASA members were able to serve hot meals to their beneficiaries after generous donations from Hungry Lion, a division of Shoprite/Checkers. Hungry Lion has a focus to share thousands of meals as part of their corporate social investment in various communities. The FRASA members who benefited so far included Khathalelana in Delft, Walk the Talk in Bishop Lavis, Youth Clouds of Heaven in Kraaifontein, Busy Beez in Valhalla Park, Edyardini in Khayelitsha, BGK-Youth Development in Surrey Estate, Begotten Givers from Delft, Behaviour Resolutions in Uitsig, Hope Gods Gift to All based in Eureka Estate, National Youth Development League in Belhar, We Share Becoz We Care in Bonteheuwel, Building Better Lives in Belhar, Searidge PC Classes and Admin in Tafelsig, Helping Hands, in Kalkfontein, Where Rainbows Meet in Vrygrond, etc.
Above: FRASA members Open Doors in Bishop Lavis and Open Hearts from Mamre benefiting from their Hungry Lion donation.
Update on our food gardening project!

We previously reported that our food gardening project which is part of a strategy to become more sustainable with securing food resources, is gaining momentum. Food gardens are active in Scottsville, Scottsdene, Silversands, Bishop Lavis, Retreat, Mitchells Plain and Hout Bay. 3 fully fledged food gardens  already exist in Guguletu, Riebeeck Kasteel and Atlantis. With funding accessed from Wilde Ganzen we were able to buy more seedlings and compost for a few food gardens to help them expand their projects. Members from Valhalla Park, Belhar and Khayelitsha are also in the process of sourcing land to start food gardens. Two members experienced vandalism which was a setback.
Labeeba Stanley, director and founder of Youth Clouds of Heaven wrote:
Since commencing our Garden Project at Scottsdene High school in 2021 Youth Clouds of Heaven is ecstatic about the progress the garden has made to date. From the barren piece of land that we started with, we have been able to plant crops and improve the soil in the garden 
While we have challenges which included losing crops,  the garden is flourishing. We have volunteers from the community who have joined the project to assist with maintaining the garden. We are delighted that we also are able to include learners from school who are proud to be assisting with the garden project. Learners are being exposed to teamwork, time management and taking responsibility for assisting with the garden. We currently engaging with the principal of the school, Mr Links, about future development sessions with the Department of Agriculture and the garden has also had some coverage in the media.
In recent months the garden has received quite a bit of exposure in the media. This has sparked interest from additional learners at the school to become part of the project and has also inspired the broader community with their own garden initiatives.
The project would not have been possible without our Partnership with FRASA "Food Relief Alliance of South Africa" under the Directorship of Mr Frank Julie, Mr Ricky Dale Johnson and the principal of Scottsdene High school who welcomed us. Then to our constant supporters, farmer Mr Donny Rix and Dept. of Agriculture. We appreciate you!
Above: Labeeba Stanley organised a day of learning with pupils from surrounding schools with the Department of Agriculture at their food garden and Rev.Kobus Frantz from the DRC Church Soup Kitchen in Riebeeck Kasteel received a donation of a water reticulation system from the same department (see pipes in the background).
Kusile Mzansi food gardening growing from strength to strength!
Congratulations to FRASA member, Kusile Mzansi, in Mgwali Village in the Eastern Cape, directed by Mam Thobeka Mapukata! At last their tomato gardening is on full steam thanks to funding from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Last year they accessed funding from the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium after a referral from FRASA for their sewing project to train 20 volunteers and buy material to produce school uniforms. In 2016 Frank Julie and Maryna Cornelius - Julie visited the project to witness the transformation of the village from a desert into an oasis!
Above: Members from Kusile Mzansi busy setting up the tomato food garden in Mgwali Village.
FRASA members in Northern Cape visited!
Above: Frank Julie, founder and chairperson of FRASA visited members in Keimoes in the Northern Cape. He met Anna Matroos, founder and director of Vision Aftercare and her volunteers who are beneficiaries of Food Forward (SA) and Katrina Petrus from Letsatsi (Giving Hope). Katrina also received two laptops as a donation from YoungPeople@Work  to assist with their admin.
FRASA members receive donations from various partners!
FRASA members have been very busy building partnerships with various stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of their food relief projects. Gift of the Givers hosted its biggest medical outreach.  40 medical personnel provided services to over 1000 people in Touwsriver. Previously we reported how various members of FRASA have already benefited with generous donations of gas burners, gas tanks, pots and dry foods from the City of Cape Town. SA Harvest and Food Forward (SA) have donated vegetables to various FRASA members on a continuous basis. Other partners include Food for Life, Rise Against Hunger, Ladles of Love, JIVE, Shoprite Soup Kitchen, SASKO Bakery, ITEC Printing Company, Dept. of Agriculture and Social Development, Premium Foods, Food on the Table, Food Forward (SA), and many more!
Above: The founder of Gift of the Givers, Imtiaz Sooliman and the operations manager, receives free copies of Frank Julie’s latest book on fundraising from Rashaad Baker and Dalene Van Der Merwe from Compassionate Hearts in Touwsriver during their medical outreach; FRASA leaders, Labeeba Stanley and Charlene Miles, collect their weekly veggie donation from Food on the Table. So far 14 FRASA members benefit from this weekly donation.
Above: SASKO delivers a bread donation to Compassionate Hearts in Touwsriver and Marileze Johannes, chairperson of San Michell Independent School, with their new printer donated by ITEC. 8 FRASA members benefited from this donation. So far 28 printers were donated since last year February. Cartridges and technical support are provided free of charge!
Iris Busakwe, founder and director of  Edyardini Community Development wrote:
“I started operating as a soup kitchen in the beginning of lockdown in April 2020. My focus was on feeding only until I joined FRASA.  Today I am a founder of Khayelitsha NGO Forum. I sit in meetings with Dept. of Social Development and big stakeholders because of FRASA. I am respected by many because of FRASA. Every door I knock on and the moment I mention that I am a FRASA member, doors just keep on opening.”
Elizabeth Govender, chairperson of Belhar Community and Nutritional Development Centre wrote:
“Since I've joined FRASA in 2020 as an NPO, I've learnt so much and wherever I travel in the country I share and tell people about FRASA. I share the vision and mission of FRASA. Whenever there's a workshop, I try not to miss one, because at the workshops, I learnt how to do budgeting, office management, fundraising, proposal writing, etc. In fact, I am hungry to learn more and more at the workshops which Frank facilitates. Frank brings in the best facilitators to share with us, for example Abdul Ryklief and Deborah Dreyer from DSD,  and Prof Eric Atmore and Freda Camphor from Department of Employment and Labour.
At FRASA you are taken by the hand. Frank and his team have so much patience to teach us, that you feel at ease when you attend any workshop, whether at the office in Parow or at the Centre of Excellence in Bishop Lavis. I learn from the best. The cherry on top of the cake was when we were invited to the organic farms, led by Frank and his friend Rob Small. It was amazing to see how farming is taking place in the communities. I was so excited, I wish I can start my own farm immediately to supply our communities especially those who cook for the communities. In conclusion, at FRASA we learn: 'Hunger stops here' and to share, care and give love to those who need us in our communities.”
FRASA leaders supported by Department of Agriculture!
FRASA recently started a partnership with the Department of Agriculture based at Elsenburg in Stellenbosch. Our chairperson met with the director of food security, Zwelendaba Vusumzi via Zoom to discuss this mutual collaboration. Many FRASA members subsequently completed application forms shared by the department. A special session was hosted by Frank Julie to assist members with the application form. Other members already received support through donations of seedlings.
Above: Labeeba Stanley and Charlene Miles were two of the first members receiving donations of seedlings and members from Build a Bigger Table, Kashiefa Solomons and Lucy Beukes were assisted with their applications.
FRASA partnership with YoungPeople@Work continues!

Our partnership with YoungPeople@Work continued. This was a result of the closure of community libraries and then FRASA leaders partnered with YoungPeople@Work to host free computer training in various communities. Unemployed youth are organised by FRASA leaders in their respective communities and trained in Introduction to computers and word processing. CVs are updated and email accounts opened. Referrals are made to various opportunities such as I-College, Dreamworker, Harambee, matric classes, learners and drivers classes, removing criminal records, welding and plumbing training, home-based care, job shadowing, hairdressing, business support, etc. Without the support of FRASA leaders it will be extremely difficult to host this training to empower unemployed youth.
      Above: Participants attending training hosted and organised by FRASA members, Khathalelana in Delft and NoStop in Kraaifontein.
Please support our work amongst unemployed youth!



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