The Hammarsdale community in KwaZulu-Natal has been hard hit by food insecurity caused by widespread unemployment in the area. To help address both, the DO MORE FOUNDATION has spearheaded the formation of the multi-partner Greater Hammarsdale Community Development Initiative. In collaboration with public and private stakeholders and with LIMA Rural Development Foundation implementing our projects on the ground, the DO MORE FOUNDATION seeks to catalyse real, sustained growth in the community's food security. This is being done through a food gardens project which caters directly for the needs of the hungry in five wards of Hammarsdale, while also generating cash with which to improve families' standard of living. In parallel, we are running an economic linkages project with the same goal - alleviating hunger and restoring hope.
Vegetable Production Project
In the Nkomazi region of Mpumalanga, the DO MORE FOUNDATION has partnered with The Jobs Fund and LIMA Rural Development Foundation to implement a large vegetable production project called Abalimi Phambili (which means Farmers Forward)
Achieved to date is:
• 42 Cooperatives and 365 individual growers are registered into the project • 27 loans disbursed • 47 jobs created and maintained • 5 market linkages created • 14 out of 24 ECD centres qualified for support to establish food gardens, the produce of which is now being used to feed the children or sold to generate income for the ECD centres.
Snack Provision to SmartStart Franchisees
The Do More Foundation is partnering with SmartStart - a national social franchise that aims to bring quality early learning to young children (co-founded by Hollard Foundation, Yellowwoods and DG Murray Trust). SmartStart is driving a country-wide network of licensed facilitators equipped to implement a high-quality standardized early learning programme. These centres are run by registered community members (independent women and men, who are recruited, trained, supported and licensed to run early learning programmes for children) as part of the SmartStart network, with guidance and oversight provided by nominated NGOs (SmartStart franchisors). The Do More Foundation is providing a healthy daily snack of Monati porridge and YumYum peanut butter to some of these SmartStart franchisors:
• ELRU [Early Learning Resource Unit]: 850 children per month in the Western Cape • TREE [Training and Resources in Early Education]: 480 children per month in KwaZulu-Natal • Cotlands: 1,365 children in the North West • Siyakholwa: 1,647 children per month in Eastern Cape
Donations of Food to Various Organisations The Do More Foundation supports the following organizations with the provision of food:
NUMBER OF MEALS PROVIDED BY THE DO MORE FOUNDATION IN 2017 (AS AT END JUNE 2017)