Gladys and The Ebongalethu Educare Center

The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool and Nursery is the first cause Atiliay started with and continues to support. The EEC is sponsored through Food4Africa.org and all Valentine’s Day/love, birthday, and other all occasion cards help to provide the chidlren at The EEC with nutritious meals every day of the year. Our main focus is food but Atiliay has also helped with providing other items such as blankets, mattresses, teaching items, and educational toys.

When I started sponsoring The EEC with Atiliay, I knew it would be a lifetime / forever commitment to make sure all the children that go there have food to help them develop and grow.  They are dependent on the funds I raise as there are no other groups or individuals are sponsoring them.  Please read on to learn more about this amazing preschool!

The Ebongalethu Educare Center is a home-based preschool and nursery in Motherwell, South Africa, a very large and poverty-stricken township on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.  63 year old Gladys Zenani is the lady who runs this center.

The children Gladys looks after all live in a very impoverished area and most stay with Gladys from 5AM to 5PM as their parents need to catch buses and taxis to get into the city to work or look for work.  Some parents pay Gladys about $8 per month and some don’t pay.  Gladys has created a living for herself by caring for and teaching these little ones, as well as provide work for the 3 ladies who help her– Fiziwe Majola, Nomfundo Minnie, and Sibongile Mpupa.

I am partnering up with Food4Africa & Miracle Meal Trust’s “Lotsa Love for Tots” initiative, to provide nutritional porridge for the children at the Ebongalethu Educare Center.  The EEC is a school that Food4Africa provides food for, which is how I became connected to them.  Food4Africa manufactures and provides the nutritional porridge the children receive which consists of cooked maize, soy, 26 vitamins, minerals and amino acids, carbohydrates, fiber, and cereal fats that work to maximize nutrient intake on a daily basis.  The porridge has the nutritional density 29 times that of refined maize which is the staple diet in rural Africa.  Miracle Meal Trust helps to deliver the food and is my contact for news and photos from The EEC.

The children get breakfast and lunch at the center and may have nothing else to eat for the rest of the day.  That is why it is so important that the meals they do receive are full of nutrients.  Providing the proper nutrition at this young age is crucial to their development and gives them a good start in life.

I have had the privilege of spending time with the Food4Africa team in South Africa and now to work with Byron from Miracle Meal Trust!  Their mission to feed rural poverty-stricken children of South Africa and ensure that they have an opportunity to survive and develop healthy bodies and minds has become very close to my heart.

100% of the funds raised goes to the food the children will eat.

Learn more about Food4Africa at www.Food4Africa.org

Learn more about Miracle Meals Trust at MiracleMeals.co.za

Group Pic! :)