Every year the Peninsula School Feeding Association hosts the Blisters for Bread Walk, which raises much needed funds for various community development projects.  I’ve always known about the walk, but had never taken the time to find out what supporting it and the PSFA actually means.

At PSFA, we encourage community participation in school development, and the transfer of skills. To this end, PSFA continuously identifies schools at which possible income-generating community development projects can be established. We assist schools in identifying parents who are unemployed and train them to become self-reliant by earning an income to improve household food security.

According to their website, the following projects have been implemented successfully:

  • 4 large-scale organic community garden projects;
  • 5 community kitchens, where operators sell low-cost, nutritious meals to learners and the community;
  • We support local community bakeries, where possible.

Our vision is based on the overriding principal that “You can’t teach a hungry child” and we endeavour to empower and strengthen local communities in their quest for sustainable growth and development.

Well, I really like the practical and sustainable nature of their projects, and am a big fan of organic community gardens, so I thought perhaps there might be a way in which I could give them support.  I’m too late to enter the walk itself, but have decided instead to join the PSFA’s “Adopt-a-Child” programme: a donation of only R235 will cover the direct school feeding costs of one child for a whole year.

R235!  It’s a humbling moment when you realise that what you could so easily spend during one (very small) grocery shop can be stretched so very far.  Amazing.

To find out more about the PSFA’s “Adopt a Child” programme (and to donate!) please visit http://www.psfa.org.za/give.html The 2009 Blisters for Bread Walk will take place next weekend (Sunday 30 August) along the Sea Point Promenade.

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