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Savannah Park Oven Project

Celebrate Life visited Zame and Lindiwe at The Womens Organisation of Savannah Park, west of Durban. Their projects in the community are so humbling and it is here that women took the initiative to grow their own vegetables to put food on the table. They sell their veggies to the community and grow anything from herbs to butternut.

We decided to donate a bread making oven to them to enable them to feed the orphans and sell to the community. The oven was installed this week and the ladies were given 3 days training to enable them to be the best bakers ever!

 

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Empowering another Community

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Gladys Zulu has taken on her new oven project in Marianhill with an energy like no other. Up early in the mornings with fellow bakers, Zethu and Ntombi, they bake bread, snowballs, chelsea buns and pizza's and have found a good niche in the community to sell their products. Their enthusiasm is catchy and they are a delight to mentor. Women empowerment is so important going forward in South Africa and it's wonderful that Celebrate Life is paving a way for this to happen. The ovens are fired by a small wood fire and bakers can bake 4 loaves of bread every 25 minutes. Such an awesome sustainable project.

 

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Thank you IQRAA TRUST!

A heartfelt thank you to the IQRAA TRUST South Africa for donating 5 ovens for our oven projects, enabling us to empower women by assisting them to own their own bakeries as well as feed local schools and orphanages in the area.

The first of the ovens was launched in Marianhill and we're hoping it will be a roaring success. Three of the ovens will be given to Vision 153 in Ballito to aid them with their wonderful feeding schemes.

We will keep you posted on the placement of the 5th oven.

Thank you to the IQRAA Trust for helping us help others.

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Building Our Nation, One loaf at a time

Celebrate Life works closely with Mama Mimi’s, who supply the ovens. They were founded in 2012 and have dedicated these years to successfully implementing micro bakeries into the rural communities of South Africa. We are passionately selecting and training previously disadvantaged individuals to become an entrepreneur. These people need a helping hand out of their poverty cycle and Celebrate Life is committed to their sustainable entrepreneurship and community upliftment.
MamaMimis02We live by the parable “Give a man a fish; he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish; he will eat for a lifetime.”
Celebrate Life is driven by the image photographed by the late Kevin Carter in Sudan, 1993. A starving toddler is depicted, trying to reach a feeding centre when a hooded vulture landed nearby. This image angers us as there has been little change in the last 10 years in South Africa. The upliftment programs implemented are not making a long-term sustainable change, and very often are unsuccessful once the donor moves on. No child should go hungry; each community should have the knowledge, skills, facilities and empowerment to help each other.
Celebrate Life has a tried and tested upliftment model that is bringing long-term sustainable change. We have developed a wood fired bakery, which is uplifting and empowering unemployed and impoverished communities.
A baker’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T5whOH274w

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Oven Launch with Vision 24

Wow ...and accolades to Vision 24!  A feeding scheme looking after the needs of 1200 people in the North Coast Communities... The first oven initiative has been  launched with them with the view of placing many more within Vision 24 to cater for the needs of the people. Well done Christmas Fair Fund and Vision... may we have a wonderful future between Celebrate Life and yourselves. I am blown away by the cheerful commitment you all show in looking after the less fortunate - wonderful and humbling to partner with you. Thank you.

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